Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity, and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom. -George Bernard Shaw
Every year, more than 75 MILLION fur-bearing animals are brutally KILLED for FASHION
75 MILLION+ fur-bearing animals, including man’s best friend and feline companion, are brutally murdered without mercy for the barbaric fur trade every year, at the hands of industry with no respect for life.
This count does not include rabbits whose numbers are staggering. The United Nations reports that at least 1 BILLION rabbits are killed each year strictly for their fur, which is used in clothing, as lures in fly-fishing, and for trim on craft items, even trinkets.
- China is one of the world’s largest suppliers of animal skins. 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 on fur factory farms and killing methods are gruesome, resulting in unbearable torment and excruciating deaths of innocent animals who watch their fellow cage mates as they are coldly and callously 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.
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 (1869-1948)
Would you wear your dog or cat? Unbeknownst to most, the majority of fur-trimmed items (even pet toys) 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 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 barbaric cruelty and are slaughtered without mercy so that their skins can be made into products for the fashion industry.
Canada’s annual seal ‘hunt’ is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet. More than one million baby seals killed in the past three years, almost all of them as young as 12 days, too young to know how to swim to save their lives – over 95% of the pups killed were under 3 months of age — the majority killed before they have eaten their first solid meal.
- 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.
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 social justice and violation of animal rights at its core. An egocentric and disconnected society is perpetuating the holocaust of animals with no moral conscience or ethical boundaries.
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