Craft fairs were popular festivals held at some of the country’s most famous tourist spots including Walt Disney World, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Wall of China.
But the event has also become a hotbed of controversy over its use of animal fur, which many critics say is cruel and inhumane.
The Fair of Arts and Crafts in Philadelphia is now one of the longest running of its kind in the United States, and is one of just four American museums that still uses animal fur.
In 2019, a team of researchers from the University of North Carolina Wilmington worked to analyze and publish the results of the first in-depth study of the fairs use of fur.
The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that the Fair of the Arts and the Fair for Crafts used roughly 2.5 times more fur on average than the previous study.
The fur in both of those events were dyed with pig hair, which has been banned in the U.S. and has been linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
The findings were also shocking for some of those who were involved in crafting fairs for decades.
They said the fur used in the fair was often so cheap and often so unhygienic that it was hard to find any kind of animal that could survive in a fur-lined cage.
“I feel so cheated,” said Elizabeth O’Hara, who is one the lead authors of the study and has worked with the Fair and the Craft fair for years.
“The fur is used in a way that doesn’t help us, it doesn’t give us the health benefits,” O’Hanas said.
O’Hanassa, who has worked as an art critic and photographer, said that the fur she saw in the Fairs fur was often dyed in such a way it didn’t actually cover any of the animal’s skin.
O”Hanassas said she has worked at the fair in the past and is still shocked that she saw the fur at the Fair, which was in its 20th year, and that she did not see the same amount of fur used on other fairs.
“In the past, the fair has used a lot of cheap, disposable fur,” she said.
“But the fur we see today, it’s a lot cleaner, more comfortable, and not so dirty.”
She also said the Fair did not use any kind a medical test, and said it used the fur from dogs to make sure that they were okay to work with.
“It’s the same as putting on a pair of gloves and then wearing them and it’s very hard to wash,” she explained.
“We are talking about the use of these animals in a humane way and they have to be in cages and they need to be on a leash.”
O”Hara said she hopes that by publishing the results and doing a study of her own, the Fair will make a change.
“If you can get some kind of scientific evidence to say that the fair is not using animal fur that’s really helpful to change that,” she added.
O`Hanas’ study is the latest effort to bring attention to fur and the fair industry.
Earlier this year, a coalition of animal rights groups filed a lawsuit against the Fair to stop the use and abuse of fur by the fair.
In an effort to fight the fur trade, the group also filed a complaint against the fair with the U;S.
Department of Agriculture, saying that the animal rights group had not submitted proper paperwork to prove its claim that fur was being used to make the fair more environmentally friendly.
The Fair of Art and Craft was one of those institutions that submitted paperwork.
In the meantime, the fur industry has responded to the fur lawsuit with a campaign of misinformation and lies.
In a statement to ABC News, the animal welfare group said, “The Fair’s fur-dyeing and use of live animals to make their fur is cruel, and we urge the fair to immediately stop this practice and halt the use, production and sale of fur in its facilities.”
“While the Fair does not use live animals, it does use a wide variety of fur, including a variety made from sheep, goats, cows and pigs, which it uses to make its fur products, and also from animals, including chickens, cats and dogs,” the statement said.
It said the Humane Society of the United Kingdom, which is also a member of the coalition, called on the Fair “to immediately stop all use of animals in its operations.”
The Humane Society added that it would also be calling on the fair’s CEO, and other members of its board, to sign an open letter urging the Fair not to continue using the fur of animals.ABC News contacted the Fair’s spokeswoman, Sarah Farr, for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.