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Nigel Barker Makes A (Fashion) Statement Against Seal Fur

The Scoop: Nigel Barker Makes A (Fashion) Statement Against Seal Fur

With the fashion industry taking the Cool vs. Cruel anti-fur movement to heart, it seems that we're finally making some headway on the realization that cruelty for the sake of couture isn't the best idea. Plus, when celebs like Hayden Panettiere make headlines for their causes – like her involvement in Save The Whales, Again! – it puts a blazing spotlight on issues that are important to our world.

Just like Hayden, Nigel Barker, one of Tyra's industry judges on Americas Next Top Model, is taking a stand against March's annual commercial seal hunt (where each year hundreds of thousands of baby seals are hunted and killed for their fur). Traveling to eastern Canada this week, Nigel will be scoping out the baby seals before the hunt begins :

“It is my hope that by witnessing these baby seals in their natural environment we can draw attention to the inhumane slaughter that will occur in a few short weeks,” said Barker. “Every year hundreds of thousands of baby seals are clubbed and shot to death for their fur. Their carcasses are discarded like waste and left on the ice. It is my strong opinion that this is bigger than making a fashion statement. This is about making a life statement. If we call ourselves human we must act humanely.”

If that's not enough, Nigel will be returning to the ice flows of eastern Canada to film and witness the seal hunt in progress. Ultimately, Nigel and The Humane Society hope that the seal fur trade will be banned in Europe, where a majority of the fur is shipped and sold. To check out a video of Nigel and HSUS President Wayne Pacelle speaking out against the fur trade, just



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Darling-Nicki Darling-Nicki 9 years
Yay Nigel!! Now I think I love him even more!! :drool:
sfiecb sfiecb 9 years
I'm SO glad that they do this. My friends and I have always LOVED seal pups and thinking of them getting tortured is terrible.
milksugar milksugar 9 years
Yay, go Nigel! I'm so glad more people are becoming aware of how cruel the fur industry is. That baby seal is SO cute, how could anyone trade that in for a coat of fur?! Ridiculous.
Tabloid Tabloid 9 years
Waow! He is already hot and this thing makes my heart melt for him.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Woo-hoo! Go Nigel!
sweety54992003 sweety54992003 9 years
Yumm Nigel.
foxie foxie 9 years
Go Nigel! Even sadder than the seals killed for their fur are the seals that are clubbed and then somehow escape, only to survive for a while with excruciating wounds.
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
The seal hunt makes me SO sick. disgusting.
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
aww. cute baby seal. really why would anyone want to harm these creatures?
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Real random confusing wording in this article
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
This is so great what he is doing, hopefully more people will do the same. On a side note, how adorable is that baby seal???
ALSW ALSW 9 years
That's great. I was watching some old 70's game show the other day and they were giving away a free coat and all I could think of was "We could never do that now!" And thank goodness.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
This makes me love Nigel even more :)
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