It seems that the last couple of months have been taken up dealing with absolute terrible customer service (you know who..lol) and then when you think it is just an isolated case of mismanagement of some, you come across another example of human idiotic behaviour.
Well, more than one actually…lol..but who is counting?
First of all I got earburnt on facebook that there was a huge thing going on with PETA and angora rabbits and cruelty towards angora bunnies in China (major angora producer of yarns and fibre, it used to be France, then Latin America and the industry moved towards the country that can produce a huge amount for hardly anything…the story of greed…anyway I digress, more on that later).
So there I was being showed how an angora bunny was harshly plucked, caged, looking miserable and public outrage followed…a big clothing company, H&M, cancelled all orders containing angora fibre because of this cruelty to animals and the rollercoaster has taken off. Everybody now believes that ALL angora garments and yarn is produced this way , disrespecting animals.
Now for starters, I do not agree with cruelty to animals, I love animals above all, I care deeply about the welfare of bunnies, however!!… people , media and the general public at large are total hypocrites ! I am angry because all of a sudden EVERY angora bunny is believed to be tortured, mistreated and culled after a couple of years for its fur…ridiculous!
No, there are caring angora lovers and fans out there who love, care and are gentle with their animals, harvest their fibre in a friendly way and spin it with love and care.
I remember when I was doing the art centre markets in Melbourne every Sunday and I got very very nasty looks from vegans, Peta fans and uninformed animal lovers …if looks could kill! Id be dead and buried by now!..I actually ran after a girl who mumbled something in front of my stall and told her”we don’t kill bunnies for fur, I give them haircuts! I comb them! I love them!”there was desperation in my voice then and even now, because once public opinion is wrongfully poisoned by mediocre biased reporting every angora breeder is a torturer of bunnies. I am NOT! And I am very very sick of trying to convince people of this. THAT’S why I am mad! Angry and disappointed above all.
The reason why mistreatment is going on and may I say not only of bunnies but of all animals AND people! Is our own stupidity: how can you possibly reasonably expect to buy a good, lasting, sustainable, luxurious product for almost next to nothing? Tell me! Do you really think that it is sustainable for a greedy company to comb their bunnies and still offer you a 100 gram skein yarn (the production of a bunny for three months !) spin it, dye it and offer it to you for $5 or $10? And that includes all the travelling costs and everything it has to go through, all the feed, housing, water, cleaning, etc. And yet, there you are…strolling around in Spotlight, Lincraft, big department stores buying your yarns and clothing for a dollar …. And complaining that the independent compassionate breeder and fibre artist is too expensive selling a skein for $25, which, in all truth is already ridiculously low seeing all the costs involved. As Dr Seuss put it “Unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. IT’s NOT.”
So, ifyou really want to change the world, start yourself by criticising your actions and taking in all information and make your own conclusions. Never take things for granted or for the absolute truth: all media, organisations, everybody has their angle and is biased, it is up to you to make sense of it and make it your truth. Not somebody elses and act accordingly. Because, after all the media, the bans on angora in H&M and who knows where else because of “public opinion” everybody is punished: the ones who rightfully need to change their attitude and business practices and also those who are trying to protect a breed, a species and lovingly care for them.
So, please, support small, support sustainable, support animal friendly and start caring !
Talk about caring : a good friend of mine called me this weekend asking me if I would be interested in saving two bunnies who would be put down otherwise, because they somehow did not have fluffy ears! For an English angora , according to the breed description and for showing, they have to have furnishings on the face and ears. These two didn’t and so, they were not able to be shown or bred with…I don’t show, I don’t care really if they have furnishings or not..I care about bunnies and love their fibre. So, although at the moment I am over my head in work, already said no to a dear dear friend in Tassie who needed help with bunny rehoming (Sorry Maree!) and still trying to get these alien tumors in my head under control, I wholeheartedly said yes and picked them up Monday. I just could not sit by and let that happen to those two buns. They didn’t have names yet, were born on sept 3rd so very cute and young and okay, had naked ears and half naked faces, but I was smitten ! I named them Django and Brunhilde (or Hilde for short) after a Quentin Tarantino movie I had just seen the night before about slavery so it seemed apt..THey have been freed...lol
They are doing great ! Hilde is super sweet and cute and wants cuddles all the time and Django, well, I discovered that he has little grey eyebrows..so cute!
Here they are on the IxCHeL farm:
Surely that will be the last thing to get angry about this week , I hear you say. Nooooo, there is more…but first a very nice thing happened: I was extremely surprised and happy when I received a parcel from my friend Mizpah from Bristlecone in the USA who sent me two amazing glindles and a care pack with chocolats!
Thank you thank you thank you so much for the awesome glindles . You warm my heart just when I needed it !
LOVE the pyrography and the focal! Works of art !!!
It is so soft it is out of this world and has heaps of yardage : 300 meters per 50 grams!! Suggested needle size is 3.25-4mm because it will fluff up!
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