Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity, and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom. – George Bernard Shaw
Every year, 100 MILLION fur-bearing animals are brutally murdered for an egocentric society devoid of soul.
100 MILLION+ fur-bearing animals, including man’s best friend and feline companion, are brutally murdered without mercy for the barbaric and cruel fur trade every year at the hands of industry with no respect for life. This annual count does not include rabbits, which the United Nations reports to be at least 1 BILLION killed each year solely for their fur, which is used in clothing, as lures in fly-fishing, and for trim on craft items, even trinkets.
- China is the world’s largest supplier of animal skins and the mecca of the dog and cat fur trade, a largely unknown animal protection issue. More than 95 percent of China’s finished fur garments are exported for sale overseas, and more than half are sold in the United States.
- No federal humane slaughter law or restrictions exist to protect animals and killing methods are gruesome, resulting in unbearable torment and excruciating deaths of innocent animals who watch their fellow cage mates as they are brutally killed in front of their innocent eyes.
- The globalization of the fur trade has made it impossible to know where fur products come from. Even if a fur garment’s label says it was made in a European country, the animals were likely raised and slaughtered elsewhere – in a majority of the cases, on an unregulated Chinese fur farm.
- Contrary to fur industry propaganda, fur production destroys the environment. The amount of energy needed to produce a real fur coat is approximately 20X more than needed to produce a fake fur garment, nor is fur biodegradable due to the chemical treatment applied to stop the skins from rotting. The process of using these chemicals is also dangerous because it causes water contamination.
I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to the protection by man from the cruelty of man. – Mohandas Gandhi
Would you wear your dog or cat? Unbeknownst to most, the majority of fur-trimmed items (even pet toys and trinkets) labeled as “faux fur” or “synthetic” is likely real fur, mostly from cats and dogs. It is estimated that more than 10 million dogs and 4 million cats are murdered each year for their fur and meat in China, where there are no governing laws to protect animals. Their fur is considered a ‘cheap source’ because the animals are usually homeless strays, stolen pets or used for food. Subsequently, the fur is exported under false labeling to Western countries and used in the Chinese domestic market.
Defenseless dogs, cats, foxes, minks, rabbits, raccoons, baby seals and other innocent animals suffer agonizing cruelty, slaughtered without mercy so their skins can be made into “products.”
The Canadian seal ‘hunt’ is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet (with the exception of a few years in which the Namibian Cape fur seal massacre took more lives). Subsidized by the Canadian government, more than one million baby seals have been killed in the past few years. Seal pups are brutally slain in their own nursery, so young that they have not learned to swim to save themselves from human predators. Over 95% of the pups murdered are 12 weeks to 3 months of age, the majority killed before they have eaten their first solid meal. Most are skinned alive.
The Namibian seal cull is regarded as the cruelest in the world, which slaughters 85,000 Cape fur seal pups every year (for their pelts) and 6,000 Cape fur seal bulls (killed for their genitals, considered aphrodisiacs in parts of Asia). During this massacre, nursing Cape fur seal pups are separated from their mothers, rounded up on the Namibian beaches where they are born (which are considered seal ‘reserves’) and clubbed and stabbed by a dozen or a few dozen men. The sheer terror of the slaughter causes pups to vomit their mother’s milk in fear. This causes panic among the seal colony, while seal mothers escape into the ocean, sometimes abandoning their pups.
Veterinary reports conclude that the fur trade inflicts “unacceptable suffering” with many animals skinned alive while still conscious and able to feel pain.
The cruelty and torture inflicted upon the innocent animal victims of the fur trade is an aberration of justice and violation of the innocent at its core.
If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. – Saint Francis of Assisi