Pompom accessories are everywhere: on handbags, phones—you name it! We all want to look cute, of course, but unless these furry items are made with fake fur, animals were likely beaten, electrocuted, or even skinned alive to make them.
Seriously—dead animals should NOT be on key chains. Animals on fur farms are killed using the cheapest methods possible, including suffocation, anal electrocution, and poisoning. There’s nothing adorable about that. 🙁 Many of these fuzzballs are made from the fur of animals like minks and foxes, two of the most commonly killed species in the fur industry.
Much like the dogs and cats we share our homes with, animals used for fur love to play, explore, and spend time with their families. They experience happiness, pain, fear, and loneliness.
On factory fur farms—where nearly 85 percent of the industry’s furs come from—minks, foxes, chinchillas, rabbits, and other animals are crammed into filthy wire cages. They’re separated from their families and denied everything that’s natural and important to them. Severe crowding and confinement prevent them from taking more than a few steps in any direction, and they often go insane, resorting to self-mutilation and cannibalism—all just so that humans can make fur coats, collars, and (you guessed it) fur pompoms.
So yeah, having bits of dead animals hanging off your purse, gloves, or hat is gross and totally cruel. There are plenty of vegan fur pompoms out there that you can use to express your style instead.
What You Can Do
Many major retailers have banned fur altogether, so it’s easy to find vegan pompoms at mainstream stores and online. Or if you’re more of a DIY person, here’s a video tutorial on how to make a cruelty-free pompom:
Whether you’re into furry pompoms or the next big trend, be sure to shop cruelty-free and urge your friends to stay away from fur, too. Always check labels, and if a product–even the trim–was made with fur or animal skin, put it back on the rack. The only ones who need animal fur or skin are the animals.