Fur trim is not a by-product. Many, perhaps more than half of all animals killed for their fur, are killed specifically for fur trim. The number of animals killed for fur trim is expected to overtake the number of animals killed for full-fur garments.
Sales of traditional full-length fur coats have declined. As a result, furriers have shifted toward an emphasis on fur trim to keep themselves in business. Fur-trimmed items are widely available, and in many cases are not labeled as fur.