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Pelts: Politics of the Fur Trade

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The fur trade is Canada's oldest industry, but today some people challenge the morality of killing animals for their fur. This film examines the public relations war raging between the industry and its opponents and takes an objective look at the ethical, environmental and economic issues raised by the debate. The struggle to win over public opinion has been joined by Indigenous people in Canada who fear that their way of life will be jeopardized if the fur industry is destroyed. The cycle of the industry is followed from the trapper's bush camp and the fur ranch to the final sale of a coat in the furrier's salon. Throughout the film, the conflicting opinions of fur industry representatives, animal rights activists and Indigenous people challenge the viewer to consider all aspects of this complex debate.

1989, 56 min 20 s

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Bronze Apple Award - Category: Ethics
National Educational Media Network Competition
May 15 to 19 1991, Oakland - USA

Chris Award - Category: Social Issues
International Film and Video Festival
October 23 to 25 1990, Columbus - USA

Best Sound Recording Award (John Martin, Art McKay, Jim Rillie, Alex Salter)
FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival
September 26 to October 1 1989, Halifax - Canada

Best Documentary Award (Tied with Rivers to the Sea)
FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival
September 26 to October 1 1989, Halifax - Canada

Best Narration Award (Nigel Markham, Kent Martin)
FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival
September 26 to October 1 1989, Halifax - Canada