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A Beastly Idea for Beauty!

A Beastly Idea for Beauty!

Posted 14 January 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 21 Comments

Tags: fur, minks, fashion, un-wishlist

Have you heard of mink eyelash extensions? Neither had I until recently. But apparently they're all the rage - or at least that's what the people selling them say. Personally they just make me enraged!

Ok, so you're not likely to catch me with eyelash extensions anyway - mostly, cause I don't think I could pull this look off (and yes that is Johnny Depp). But seriously, there's absolutely nothing attractive about glueing animal fur to your face. Don't get me wrong, I think mink fur is nice - when it's on a mink.

I've noticed that many of the companies selling these extensions boast that they don't kill the minks. According to one site they "harvest" the lashes "by gently brushing live animals." That all sounds well and good, until you realise that must mean that these animals are forced to spend their entire lives on fur farms.

You only have to take a glimpse inside a mink farm to know that it's cruel. Minks are solitary animals who roam over a habitat of several kilometres. Yet in fur farms they are locked in a cage the size of an open newspaper, surrounded by other minks. This is an incredibly stressful environment for them and can even lead to cannibalism and self mutilation. I stumbled across this film about fur farms in Sweden recently (Warning: this is not for the faint hearted!).

Wanting to look beautiful is one thing. But condemning an animal to a life of misery to have longer lashes is an ugly thing for anyone to do. Having said that, sadly the truth is that most people splurging on mink eyelash extensions probably don't even realise what goes into making them. If they did, I'm sure they'd buy synthetic lash extensions instead!

That's my rant off my chest. What silly fashion trends bug you?

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AmyAmeliaRose AmyAmeliaRose 14 January 2011
1
Thats disgusting! Poor minks, they are very cute animals and it is so sad that they are murdered for someones idea of "fashion"
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Stuff Stuff 14 January 2011
2
Whoever thinks that's cool is crazy. Its not like people even look at eyelashes anyway and does mink really look so different from synthetic eyelashes! Those poor minks!
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Brendon Brendon 14 January 2011
3
That's so wrong. Gross. Yuck. Those poor animals.
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Clud Clud 15 January 2011
4
Who could put a dead cute little mink over their eyes sad
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Glenn Glenn 15 January 2011
5
Totally agree with Valkyrie Uruz!

Many aussies may be against fur, they may be against whale killing, seal clubbing etc etc, they condemn these acts as cruel, inhumane - yet they don't see a problem wearing leather, killing cows/pigs/chickens/fish or even our own emblem the kangaroo. Until people see the value and beauty in ALL animals, it's always going to be the rights of one animal vs the next. Society needs to shift and treat all animals with respect, as a whole.
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taylorpaige taylorpaige 15 January 2011
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this really is terrible. mink are carnivorous, isolated animals. putting a whole bunch of them together in a confined space is just asking for canabalism.
i don't understand how killing animals can be socially excepted just because their fur or skin or wool might feel nice.
it does feel nice... but when its on the animal, because that is where it is supposed to be.
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...2 ...2 15 January 2011
7
Wow. That's disgusting. The trend that's really getting to me right now is fur coats. I'm in Italy at the moment, and fur coats and hats are everywhere. I physically flinch away from these women as they walk past me and my grimace is enough to make my host sister laugh. The other thing I fail to understand is why leather is socially acceptable, when most people (who aren't in Italy) find fur repulsive. The only difference is that one is hairy, the other isn't. sad
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Nostalgic Nat Nostalgic Nat 18 January 2011
8
You are kidding??!! Disgusting, stupid, ridiculous, appauling, need I go on!!  angry
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..1 ..1 20 January 2011
9
That's disgusting. I just don't understand why people think it's okay for an animal to lose its life for a person's appearance.

Those minks are so cute. They deserve to keep their fur.
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Sharm Sharm 26 January 2011
10
I saw these eyelashes advertised in the Woman's Day magazine, stating how cool and fashionable the are. I am totally appalled by this, Shame on you Woman's Day sad
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Do you want some rice? Do you want some rice? 3 February 2011
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It's just another accessorie being advertised to make people think they need more of what they already have.
If people payed a little more attention into where the products they purchase came from, I'm sure they'd have seconed thoughts before they buy into cruelty.
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DAL DAL 4 February 2011
12
Those lashes suck. Whats wrong with natural beauty anyway, too much silcone, botox etc.
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Becatron Becatron 8 March 2011
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Wow... Are humans the most stupid species of all time? I agree with DAL & others on this one. Natural beauty is so so so much better than false ... anything.

This is absolutely rediculous!!!

Goodness.
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Tangled.legs Tangled.legs 18 March 2011
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Yuck!
People suck.
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Pegs Pegs 12 April 2011
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Gee, what is wrong with people?!!!! sad
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Rowena Rowena 7 March 2012
16
this is the ultimate in narcissism... really how do u reconcile this with beauty
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fish_in_a_sports_car fish_in_a_sports_car 9 March 2012
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Very sad that people could do that.
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Kelsey1 MsDrago Kelsey1 MsDrago 7 August 2012
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Wearing fur is one thing...
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Kate19 Kate19 18 December 2012
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I just received one of those 'groupon' deal emails and thought that perhaps mink eyelashes were the brand for these beauty extensions.  I googled and CANNOT BELIEVE that this is a new trend - to use mink fur for eyelash extensions.  And yes, looking at a couple of websites where the salons claim that no animals were harmed in the 'harvesting' of this fur is outrageous.  Fur is only produced by farming the animal in the most horrific of conditions and where these sentient beings are treated like garbarge.  I am disgusted that the 'beauty' industry has sunk so low to introduce mink for eyelash extensions.  How many years have we been fighting (and somewhat losing) the battle to have animals excluded from testing and contributing towards the beauty and fashion industry - now to just have a new wave of senseless cruelty - and for what...... Ignorant, arrogant humans who believe that they have the right to use an animal to pursue their own so called beauty.  It seems to me that these women who promote and partake in this industry are very ugly indeed on the inside (and frankly on the outside to have mink fur stuck to your eyes!!)
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Jaya Jaya 28 April 2013
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I accidentally stumbled across your website as my partner has just completed the only government accredited eyelash extension course and asked me if I had heard about mink eyelash and was explaining how they had been learning how in humane and barbaric harvesting mink fur was and how the company that ran her course actually have created a synthetic eyelash that is equally as fine and light in weight as the mink ones, they don't feel as soft but then again they also were not running through the forest looking for little minks to brush haha anyway the company she did this course is also about to launch an awareness campaign to try and educate people on the cruelty of this. I just thought that you might all want to know that there are some companies that will be trying to help make people more aware of this revolting fashion statement as clearly more people really need help thinking a little harder.
You guys are doing a great job keep it up. Xx
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Alana Jane Alana Jane 13 January 2015
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I could not watch this doco in full, it really upset me   I cant stand to think of these poor little babies having to be tortured day in day out if they survive till they are put to such a horrible death. Surely this cant go on? The people that purchase these " mink eyelashes"   "fur coats" are the root of this evil   need to be educated in the hell these little creatures endure just so they can have a fashion accessory.. Then if they stop buying these things the hell holes these minks are kept in will go broke   no longer exist.. I just hope this is really soon. angry cry
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