The sad truth about animal cruelty

Unfortunately, unlike cigarette packages, fur coats or wraps, and fur-trimmed accessories and shoes do not have to carry a shocking warning label explaining to consumers the suffering caused by the product’s fur. So consumers can easily forget that for every piece of fur, an animal has been beaten, electrocuted, or skinned alive.

Are you ready to find out what is really happening behind the scenes in the fashion industry? Once you read the following shocking facts about fur, you probably won’t buy products made from the fur of a tormented animal the next time you go shopping.

10 Shocking Facts About Fur

1. There is no humane way to kill animals for their fur.

Larger animals such as foxes or raccoon dogs are killed all over the world by anal and genital electric shocks. Small animals such as mink are gassed. In countries like China with very low animal welfare standards, raccoon dogs are often beaten or kicked to death.

2. The animals used in the fur industry are often skinned alive.

Killing methods are not always effective: it often happens to animals Totally skin conscious Even a few minutes to breatheAfter their fur was cut off their bodies, as evidenced by secret footage. One reason for this, for example, is that actually illegal self ends, sometimes used by small businesses, usually kill slowly and unreliably, and each animal has a different tolerance. So some animals regain consciousness while they are already skinned. Instead of carbon dioxide, animals must be legally killed with carbon monoxide.

On this farm, mink are trapped in small boxes for their fur and killed by gassing.

3. About 85 percent of all animals killed for their fur suffer on fur farms. [1]

Animals are locked in small wire cages on fur farms: they lack any job opportunities and are unable to satisfy their natural needs in any way. Many animals develop severe behavioral problems such as cannibalism or endless spinning in circles.

4. 15 per cent of the fur traded comes from hunted animals.

Many animals killed for their fur are either shot while hunting, for example with traumatic rifle ammunition intended to improve the quality of the fur, or are caught with boxed iron. If an animal falls into the trap, it often digs into the flesh to the bone. In this case, the animals are defenseless in unimaginable pain against weather conditions, hunger, thirst and the attacks of predators – until the hunters return and kill or shoot the defenseless victims.

5. Dogs, cats and rabbits are also killed because of their fur.

About a billion rabbits [2] Two million dogs and cats end up on the market as fur products each year. Their fur is often processed into key rings or as trimmings on shoes. Since the fur trade is very opaque, labeling fraud is a part of everyday life. Customers cannot be sure which animal is hiding behind the fur.

But it doesn’t matter whether the fur comes from a raccoon, fox, rabbit, dog or cat – animals don’t exist for us to make clothes. Classifying animals according to their usefulness to humans is called species, but it is morally impermissible to harm and exploit other living things.

6. Cruelty to animals is ubiquitous in the fur industry and is often legal.

About 50 percent of all fur is produced in China. [3] There are no penalties for people who mistreat animals on fur farms. But even in Europe, the legal framework for keeping so-called fur animals is unimaginably low – keeping animals in the fur industry is always cruel to animals.

Not a single animal can live up to its basic needs on a fur farm, and therefore it undergoes constant suffering throughout its life.

Dogs in cages for fur
Minks, chickens, dogs, etc.: many animals live and die in painful conditions for fur.
Photo: PETA / Kariman

7. The fur farms of Europe are as bad as the fur farms of China.

Conditions for keeping animals in fur farms are comparable all over the world and are always harsh. In Finland, for example, so-called feral foxes are bred, which are very large for breeding reasons and are painfully fattened. Producers want to get more fur from each individual animal and increase profits.

8. Fur production is harmful to the environment.

Fur production is extremely harmful to the environment: providing food for many carnivores often devour many resources, and their secretions pollute nearby water bodies and contribute to the current climate crisis. To prevent the skins of killed animals from decomposing, they are treated with toxic chemicals such as sulfuric acid, ammonium chloride or formaldehyde. [4, 5]

Raw dog skins in a pile
The fur is treated with various chemicals that are harmful to the environment and human health.

9. Faux fur is better for the environment than animal fur.

Mink coat production requires 20 times more energy than faux fur production. Reasons for this include:

  • transporting animal feed to farms,
  • Waste Recycling ,
  • Electricity for buildings and killing devices,
  • Use of pesticides, vaccines and antibiotics
  • and remove the corpses. [4]

10. Fur is poisonous and can make people sick.

Many lab tests on fur products in all price ranges contain residue more carcinogenicAnd the Allergen And the Hormone-modifying chemicals It has been proven that, if it comes into contact with the skin, it can lead to serious diseases such as cancer, chronic poisoning or allergic reactions. [5]

Fur farms are also a breeding ground for viruses: since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic in the spring of 2020, there have been hundreds of establishments on fur farms in Europe alone Corona infections It was discovered in minks, which, along with raccoon dogs, are especially vulnerable due to unsanitary and cramped housing.

mink farm
With a large number of animals in a small space, viruses can spread and mutate quickly.

Be active – help the animals make the fur!

If you want to help end the suffering of countless animals in the fur industry, you can take action in a number of ways: educate yourself and those around you about the differences between animal fur and artificial fur and the disastrous effects of fur production on the environment and climate.

  • Sources

    [1] Rachel Bell (2016): Fur Farms Still Unfashionably Cruel, Critics Say, (Accessed 28.07.2022)

    [2] United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization (1997): The Rabbit: Agriculture, Health and Production, (accessed 29.08.2022)

    [3] Hals, Clay (2018): China’s fur capital is promoting itself to the world even if fur is out at Versace and other leading fashion houses, -touts-itself-world-even-if-furs-out (Accessed 08/29/2022)

    [4] Bijleveld, Marijn/Korteland, Marisa/Sevenster, Maartje (2011): Environmental impact of mink on production. a report. Delft, C Delft

    [5] Poison in Fur Second Report (2011): Chemicals of Concern in Fur Products. Hamburg / Wiesbaden, (Accessed August 29, 2022)

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