Eighty-five percent of the fur industry’s skins come from animals on fur farms. Millions more animals are victims of trapping; caught in the wild using spring traps with metal teeth that smash bone and tear muscle.
Each year over 50 million animals – including millions of dogs and cats – are killed for their fur worldwide. Animals are killed for their fur in extremely horrific ways including bludgeoning, neck-breaking and anal and genital electrocution, while many are skinned alive.
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. There are also many environmental dangers inherent in the fur industry. There is no such thing as “green” or “eco-friendly” fur. It takes more than 15 times as much energy to produce a fur coat than it does to produce a fake fur.
Consumers need to know the incredible amount of suffering and devastation represented in each fur item, whether it is a full-length coat, fur lining or fur trim. This cruelty will end only when consumers refuse to buy or wear fur of any kind.
Fur Harms the Environment
There is no such thing as “green” or “eco-friendly” fur. It takes more than 15 times as much energy to produce a fur coat than it does to produce a fake fur. Fur farms produce hazardous waste which pollutes the air, waterways, and our land.
Furs are loaded with chemicals to keep them from decomposing. Ammonia, formaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide and other chemicals are used to preserve and dye fur.
Eighty-five percent of the fur industry’s skins come from animals on fur farms. Rabbits, foxes, mink, chinchillas and other animals on fur farms spend their entire short, miserable lives in tiny, filthy wire cages until they are killed by bludgeoning, neck-breaking, or anal or vaginal electrocution.
The anguish and frustration of life in a cage leads animals on fur farms to self-mutilate, biting at their skin, tails and feet. Many animals frantically pace and circle endlessly, and some even cannibalize their cage mates. Parasites and disease are prevalent on fur farms due to the deplorable and overcrowded conditions.
In the US, there are no federal laws providing protection for the millions of animals who suffer and die on fur farms. The fur industry remains completely self-regulated.
Dogs and Cats
Each year, over two million dogs and cats are victims of the fur trade. The majority of them are killed intentionally in Asia for their fur, but some are also injured and killed in traps set for other animals. Dog and cat fur is often deliberately mislabeled as fur from other species, and is exported to countries throughout the world to be sold to unsuspecting customers.
There are no penalties for abusing animals on fur farms in China, which is the world’s largest fur exporter. China supplies more than half of the finished fur garments imported for sale in the United States.
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.