Millions of animals are killed for their fur every year…
These are the victims of the fur trade:
Left to their own devices beavers can live for nearly 20 years, but due to rampant hunting these creatures’ lives are often cut short. These industrious creatures can grow up to 4 feet long and are incredibly sociable, working to build dams and tunnel systems that entire families live in. Beavers work in conjunction with the environment creating entire ecosystems as a result of their dam-building, making an attack on them an attack on our environment itself.
Highly sociable and incredibly sensitive, rabbits have been hunted for decades – however it could be argued that farming of these gentle creatures is infinitely more cruel. PETA have recently released footage of incredible cruelty being committed against rabbits in Chinese Angora fur farms. Rabbits are easily startled animals who require very specific living conditions in order to live happily, these farms ignore these needs completely and wilfully harm these animals for the sake of a better profit margin.
Dogs and Cats
As unlikely as it might sound millions of dogs and cats are brutally killed every year in China for their fur. These animals are often kept in terrible conditions for their entire lives before they are killed in the most brutal of fashions. Witnesses have seen dogs and cats bludgeoned, hung, strangled and bled to death all for the sake of trims and novelty. China supplies more than 50% of fur garments imported for sale in the US, not to mention the numerous other items that are imported into the EU, so often those that choose to buy fur might not be getting exactly what they’re paying for.
So what can you do?
It’s up to the consumers to ‘vote with their money’ and make demands of the brands and labels that support this violent, inhumane industry. By pressuring companies to provide you with a manifesto of how they deal with fur you can force them to take a serious look at how they’re using animals and (hopefully) make them understand that we will no longer accept this barbaric tradition. Many cultures still prize fur above all other materials, this will only change when people start challenging the status quo and it begins with you!
Before you go and buy a new faux-fur pom pom hat or faux-fur parka coat you should make absolutely sure that the faux-fur is what it claims to be. There have been a number of reports unearthed recently that have proven many faux-furs to be anything but, so it’s worth contacting a company beforehand to get a concrete statement from them that they will be delivering what they are promising. No company wants to be exposed as acting negligently towards the public, especially when the issue of animal cruelty is at hand, so by forcing their hand you’ll be able to make them aware that this is an issue that they need to take seriously.