Whether it’s the trim on a jacket, the fringe on a pair of boots, or the tassel on a hat, fur is a product of suffering.

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Eighty-five percent of fur comes from animals—such as foxes, rabbits, chinchillas, and minks—who are raised and killed on fur farms. They often spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gassing, and poisoning.

Animals are also trapped in the wild for their fur. They can suffer for DAYS from blood loss, dehydration, shock, frostbite, and attacks by predators. Trappers catch animals in steel-jaw traps, which slam shut on their legs, often cutting the bone—or conibear traps, which crush their necks. Trappers have also been known to use water-set traps, which can leave beavers, muskrats, and other animals struggling in pain before they eventually drown.

What You Can Do

The best way to help those who suffer in the fur industry is never to buy clothing made from animals. When you’re shopping, just check the tags! If they say an item is made from fur–or anything else that came from an animal–leave it on the rack. Cruelty-free materials like cotton, cotton flannel, polyester, and synthetic shearling are the way to go. I bet you’ll be surprised by how much of your closet is already vegan!

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