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September 3, 2010

International Students Say "No" to Fur

Design competition highlights issue

Humane Society International/UK

LONDON, UK - Humane Society International/UK and the Fur Free Alliance is delighted to announce the student winners of the 2010 European & International Round of the Design Against Fur poster and animation competitions.

Many thousands of students from around the world used their considerable creative talent to produce thought provoking posters that deliver a compassionate animal protection message – ‘Say no to fur - it’s cruel and unnecessary.’

“This year students were asked to focus their efforts on the use of rabbits in the international fur trade,” said Mark Glover, executive director, Humane Society International/UK. “Every year millions of rabbits are raised and killed on fur factory farms. Kept in cramped wire cages, they endure short and miserable lives to provide frivolous fashion items.  The students have used their creative skills brilliantly to interpret the cruel reality of the fur industry and explain why it is so important to say no to real fur.”

The first and second placed winners of the European & International poster competition are:

1st           Camille Clemmensen, Signe Andersen and Mai Mi Dahmlos Eriksen from DMJX, Danish School of Media and Journalism, Copenhagen, Denmark

2nd        Joshua Cortese from TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute (Nepean College),  Australia

An additional 23 students received Specially Commended or Commended awards from the judges.

The winners of the international animation competition are:

1st           Liu Lei from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, China

2nd        Emily Brooke-Davies from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

3rd        Richard Jacobs from York St John University, UK

The judges of both the poster and animation competitions were very impressed with how well the students had researched their subject and interpreted a brief that contained difficult subject matter.

The Europe & International region poster competition winners will now be judged alongside the winners from the China, Russia and UK & Ireland rounds to choose a Grand Prize winner. 

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