As the seasons are changing and winter is fast approaching, it’s about that time to start getting warm clothes to protect us from the cold. For some people it is a way to update their wardrobe and check out all of the latest fashions. Looking at the fall fashions, I noticed a trend: fur. Although I know people have been wearing fur for centuries, I still can’t believe people think wearing a dead animal is cute.The fur industry is barbaric and cruel. In the words of PETA, “Fur is Dead.” For me, this is the season to fight fur, not wear it.
Eighty five percent of the industry’s skins come from animals living captive on fur farms, which is more than 30 million animals a year. Fur farms are used to mass produce animals used for fur. These farms can hold thousands of animals and designed to maximize profit at the expense of the animals.
Animals on fur farms live their entire lives—only a fraction of their normal life spans—in cramped, wire-mesh cages where many of the animals suffer greatly from the confinement. The animals are not given proper health care because the farmers don’t care about their health; they only need their fur.
Before being skinned, the animals are electrocuted, gassed, poisoned or have their necks broken. The animals are killed in ways, humane or not, that will preserve the quality of the fur. Often times the animals are still alive while being skinned and and their naked bloody bodies are thrown into a pile of others where they can live up to another 10 minutes.
More than half of the fur in the U.S. comes from China, where there are no penalties for abusing animals. Here is a video of “Chinese Fur Farms Exposed in 60 Seconds.”
Warning: Contains Graphic Footage.
Trapped in the Wild
Animals in the wild may be caught in steel-jaw traps that slam down on their legs, often cutting to the bone; Conibear traps, which crush their necks with 90 pounds of pressure per square inch; or water-set traps, which leave beavers, muskrats, and other animals struggling for more than nine minutes before drowning. These animals can suffer for days from blood loss, shock, dehydration, frostbite, gangrene, and attacks by predators.
How to Fight Fur
There is no reason people should wear fur. If it is for fashion, there and many designers who do not use fur. If it is for the look, faux fur can look just as good. If it is for the warmth, there are many warm and cruelty-free fabrics to choose from.
This Fur Free Action Guide from the Humane Society of the United States can provide tips on how to stay fur-free. These tips include supporting fur-free retailers and designers, write letters to retailers and designers who support fur and speaking up and educating others.
You can also sign a pledge at PETA to be fur-free. Invited others to also sign the pledge.
What are some of your favorite fur-free retailers, designers or brands?