A protester holds up a sign with Reef’s picture during a protest in New York City. CONTRIBUTED

Hi friends! Reef the fox here with your weekly “Reef’s Report.” 

We had quite the week last week in the world of fashion. Two major designers, Moncler and Dolce & Gabbana announced they will no longer be using real fur in their future collections. That is a big win for us fur-bearing animals all over the globe. I had a great question come into my email over the weekend. I love getting emails.

“Hi Reef!  I have a question for your column. Beyond not buying fur products what can the average person do to help stop the fur trade and to encourage more companies and communities to ban the sale of fur?” -Pamela 

Hi Pamela! Thank you so much for the question: It is a really good one and I love that you want to learn more about how you can help foxes like me. Aside from not buying fur products, not supporting companies that still sell fur sends a big message. For example, if you love a perfume by Louis Vuitton, stop buying it. Boycotting companies that sell fur, even if you don’t buy fur, is a great way to let them know that you do not approve of what they are doing. You can also send emails to company headquarters politely asking them to adopt a fur free policy and make it known that you will not be spending your money with them until they do.

We are extremely fortunate here in the Florida Keys that we do not see people wearing fur, however, getting cities and counties to implement a ban on new fur sales is a powerful move and one I hope to see happen here. Hallandale Beach recently passed an ordinance banning fur sales, and I truly believe if more jumped on board we could eventually see a statewide ban on fur here in the state of Florida. I said it before in one of my weekly reports and I will say it again now; if any local lawmakers want to come sit down and talk with me and my mom about implementing such a ban here in Monroe County, our doors are open.

As a member of the community, you can also reach out to our county commissioners and bring up the subject. I think it would be amazing for Monroe County to be the first County in the state of Florida to ban fur, don’t you?

Thanks again Pamela for emailing me and if anyone else has any questions you can reach me at [email protected]

Anywho, that’s about all for this week. My mom heads down to Key West tomorrow, Feb. 4, to be part of the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys Unsung Hero luncheon. How cool is that? My mom is definitely my hero even though I love giving her a hard time. 

Until next week, Reef, over and out!

Reef was born on a fur farm on or around March 28, 2021. He was able to be rescued when his mother and siblings started to reject him. Reef is missing toes on his front, right paw and the tip of his tail is missing due to injuries sustained in his short time on the fur farm. Reef arrived at Key Largo on May 6, 2021 by Nicole Navarro, of Pawsitive Beginnings Inc.