When I played dress-up with my friends as a little girl, we always associated fur coats with the rich and famous. If we were pretending to be our favorite movie stars, we would wrap ourselves in a make-believe fur garment.
Then someone explained to me that fur comes from dead animals.
Eighty-five percent of fur comes from animals who are raised and killed on fur farms. Animals on fur farms, such as foxes, rabbits, chinchillas, and minks, often spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gas, and poison.
This video shows the cruel practice of anal electrocution, which is commonly used on fur farms:
Animals used for their fur are also trapped in the wild and can suffer for DAYS from blood loss, dehydration, shock, frostbite, and attacks by predators. Many are caught in steel-jaw traps—which slam shut on their legs, often cutting the bone—or conibear traps, which crush animals’ necks with pressure. Trappers have also been known to use water-set traps, which can leave beavers, muskrats, and other animals struggling and in pain before they eventually drown.
Think you’ve never worn a dog? Think again. More than half the fur in the U.S. comes from China, where millions of cats and dogs are bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and often skinned ALIVE for their fur. Fur that comes from China is often mislabeled, so if you wear any fur, there’s really no easy way of knowing who you’re wearing.
It’s NEVER OK to Wear Fur
It doesn’t matter if it’s a coat or a piece of trim on a hood, all fur is the result of suffering. An animal’s life had to be taken away for it—this is always the true cost of fur.
What You Can Do
The easiest way to help stop animals from suffering in the fur industry is not to wear fur at all—or anything made from animals. Luckily, shopping fur-free is a piece of cake these days. Check the label, and if it shows that an item was made from animals, put it down. Look for clothing and accessories that were made with cotton, cotton flannel, polyester, and synthetic shearling instead. You’ll be surprised by how many clothes you already own are vegan!