Let's Not Forget
Down and Feathers
Fur comes from the extremely cruel fur industry. We have
absolutely no right to remove the skins of animals and wear them ourselves.
“There's nothing fashionable about a
dead animal that has been cruelly killed just because some people think it
looks cool to wear.”
-- Stella McCartney
(Fashion designer and daughter of Paul McCartney.)
The majority of animals used for fur live on fur farms. The
most farmed fur-bearing animal is the mink. Other animals used for fur
include rabbits, foxes, chinchillas, raccoons, beavers and lynxes. Most
fur farms can be found in Europe. The animals are kept in very small cages
which causes a lot of emotional and physical stress. They are fed meat
by-products considered unfit for human consumption. Water is provided by a
nipple system which often freezes in the winter.
Animal Caged on a Fur Farm
Coyote Caught in a Trap
Traps are also used to catch animals and kill them for
their fur coats. When animals are caught in a trap, it can take days before
the trapper removes them. About 1 out of 4 trapped animals escapes by
chewing off his or her own leg or paw. The escaped animals will die from
blood loss, fever or gangrene, or are killed by a predator.
Traps don't only trap animals suitable for fur. Up to 50%
of trapped animals are discarded as "trash animals". This includes many
domestic cats and dogs.
The killing methods on fur farms are gruesome. They
use different methods to kill the animals without damaging their fur.
may be put into boxes and poisoned with the hot engine exhaust from a
truck. Larger animals have clamps applied to their mouths and rods
inserted into their anuses and are electrocuted.
Animal Anally Electrocuted
Mink Being Gassed
|Other common methods used on fur
farms is gassing, neck-snapping and decompression chambers.
Trappers usually strangle or beat the animals they catch in
their traps to death.
Not all these methods always effectively kill the animals
and some animals "wake-up" while being skinned.
If you would like more information, please check out the following
The Skinned Remains of Fur Animals
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