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Reviving Canada's Legendary Fur Industry
By Leyland Cecco
30 Jan 2015

The original currency of Canada, wild fur, is back. Pushed to the shadows for nearly three decades as effective animal welfare movements stigmatized the use of fur for fashion, massive appetite in China has revived the industry. Over the last seven years, Canada has seen a large increase in the foreign demand for both farmed and wild fur pelts. Sales in 2013 exceeded $950 million, a sharp increase. While there is international interest in pelts, economic uncertainty in Russia has resulted in near-total dominance of Chinese buyers at recent auctions. Roughly 90% of wild fur is sold to foreign buyers.

These images trace the movement of fur, from the forest to auction, and then to manufacturing and fashion. There are an estimated 60,000 trappers across Canada who supply pelts to auction. Marten, fisher, mink, coyote, beaver and fox are sold at the world's largest fur auction in Toronto.

At fur stores in Toronto, designers use the material to produce coats worth thousands of dollars. While the number of shops specializing in both design and manufacturing has declined, those still in business can produce items commanding hefty sums. 

While animal rights activists continue to campaign against the use of traps, much of the industry is now heavily regulated by both the federal and provincial governments. Old traps, which often caused animals to struggle, have been phased out, and the majority of trappers now use 'kill traps', which induce death within seconds. While leghold traps are used primarily for larger predators, they are no longer able to pierce the skin of the animal, resulting in reduced suffering. However, not all trappers agree on the use of these traps, highlighting an evolving view on animal treatment within the trapping community. 

There are also concerns that the number of animals being harvested isn't being recorded. While trappers are required to submit numbers each year, the termination of a national Wildlife Pelt Census means the data is often lost in a sea of bureaucracy. 

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Daily Life in Tareq Al-Bab Market in ...
Aleppo, Northwestern Syria
By Antonio-Pampliega
15 Sep 2013

Thousands of people make their daily life in the city of Aleppo.
The most important markets of the city remain open.
Customers flock to buy despite the bombings on different areas of the city.

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Turkish Women Protest (14 of 15)
Ankara, Turkey
By Amy Hume
01 Jun 2013

A woman sells Turkish flags and V for Vendetta masks near Kuğulu Park.
Women of all ages took on the streets of Ankara to protest the authoritarian rule of PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Many said they feel safe and empowered during this time of unrest in Turkey's capital city. They protest for the notion of "freedom", which has become threatened under PM Erdoğan's 10 year, pro- Islamic rule. Ankara, Turkey. June 2013.

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (25 0...
Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ahmad Issa, Qat seller.
Whom his son left the school to work with him .

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Yemeni Children Addicted to Qat (26 0...
Al Hudaydah, Yemen
By wail
10 Dec 2012

Ahmad Issa, Qat seller.
whom his son left the school to work with him in selling Al Qat

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Selling Fans
Bangkok, Thailand
By Dominic.J.Lucarelli
31 Jul 2012

A woman selling fans in Siam Square in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Libya's Rebirth 6
Tripoli, Libya
By Monique Jaques
12 Jul 2012

Al Araby, an Egyptian man, cuts and sells shark pieces to a customer at a roadside fish market in Tripoli, Libya. Many Egyptians come to Libya to find work in the strong oil economy.

Un marchand tranche des pièces de requin pour un client dans un marché de Tripoli.

Après 42 ans d'un régime dictatorial et une violente guerre civile qui a laissé les infrastructures du pays en ruines, la Libye apprivoise peu a peu sa nouvelle liberté et les défis de la transition vers la démocratie. Le 7 juillet dernier, les Libyens étaient appelés aux urnes pour la première fois depuis la fin de l'ère Kadhafi afin d'élire les 200 membres du futur Congrès national général, qui sera chargé de rédiger une Constitution pour le pays.

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Mining for Sapphires in Madagascar 2
Ilakaka, madagascar
By Lihee Avidan
15 Jul 2007

This Sri Lankan trading post is the first port of call for middlemen coming to Sakaraha and Ilakaka, South-West Madagascar, for Sapphire trade. The atmosphere is one of tense excitement as profits can be made or lost in seconds. If a price cannot be agreed on, then the middlemen can try their luck at other exportation sites in town. The Ministry of Mining and Energy conservatively estimates 10% of stones are exported legally.