Did You Know....
One billion rabbits and fifty million other animals are killed every year for their fur.
Fur factory farms account for 85% of the skins used in the fur industry
around the world. Like factory farms for animal consumption, the animals
kept in fur farms have to endure appalling conditions. They’re kept in tiny
filthy wire cages and suffer from a myriad of physical and psychological
conditions such as psychosis, disease, deformity and parasites. The
animals are slaughtered with the cheapest and cruelest methods
including gas, anal electrocution, poison and suffocation in order to keep
the pelt intact.
Animals trapped in the wild are captured by several types of traps.
Conibear traps will crush an animal’s neck with 90 pounds of pressure
per square inch. Water-set traps can leave many animals including
beavers and muskrats struggling in pain until they drown. Steel-jaw traps
slam down on their legs, often cutting to the bone. They could suffer for
days from shock, blood loss, dehydration, gangrene, frostbite or may be
attacked by a predator. Setting traps in the wild can also inadvertently harm animals they were not intended for, including many endangered species.
Unbelievably a lot of the fur products in the US are actually made of dogs and cats. The products are imported from China and are deliberately mislabeled as another species, called ‘wild animal fur’, or even be labeled faux fur. Over half of the fur products in the US are imported from China. China is the world’s largest fur exporter (primarily dogs, cats, rabbits, foxes and minks) and they have no penalties for abusing animals on fur farms. Animals are kept in wire cages outside exposed to the elements; they’re disease and often reach a level of psychosis that leads them to chew off their own limbs. Mothers driven crazy by the cruel conditions often kill their babies after delivering them. Swiss Animal Protection/EAST International sent in undercover investigators who found that many animals are still alive when workers flip them over or hang them to start the skinning process. They can live in agony for up to 10 minutes after being skinned alive.
How can you help? Be careful to avoid products made from fur, or "fake fur" products that feel real to the touch. Real fur feels has a "silkier" texture than fake fur, and individual pieces of fur are often tapered rather than a uniform size. Another way to tell is by looking at the "skin" to see if it demonstrates a fabric texture. When in doubt, leave it out (of your closet)!