FASHION STATEMENT OR CRUEL VANITY?
Knowing no other life than behind the bars of its’ tiny cage, this fox’s haunted look reveals its suffering. These animals are under constant stress, anguish, and physical discomfort, continuously surrounded by the smells and sounds of death.
One of the fur industries “waste dumps” - a mound of dead foxes, their carcasses left to rot after slaughter and “harvesting”.
To preserve these fur animals’ pelts, they are killed using the following cruel and torturous methods—hot poker into the anus, electrocution through the anus, throats or tongues cut and bled to death, neck dislocation, clubbing, gassing, drowning and strangulation.
Fur is marketed as a symbol of prestige, glamour and success. The treatment and disposal of these animals screams of disrespect and cruelty in name of human vanity. There are plenty of warm and chic alternatives. A fur coat is a badge of dishonour and disgrace to anyone who wears it. This “fashion-statement” belongs to the caveman and has no place in a civilized, compassionate society.
Dead animal after fur harvesting
In the sixties and seventies, around 18,000 jaguars were killed every year so their fur could be made into jackets. The designer of the original jaguar coat worn by Jackie Onassis, was so shocked by his contribution to putting jaguars on the endangered list, he stopped designing with fur completely.
The dead bears above and below, were killed for their fur. The English monarchy uses real bear fur for their personal guards’ tall black hats. 100 bears are killed each year for these hats. There was a lot of talk since 2008 that a synthetic fur would replace the bear fur, but in 2014, there has no been no confirmation that the bear fur has been replaced.
With all beings and all things we shall be as relatives.”
- Sioux Indian Proverb
Harrods Naked Anti-Fur Protest
"There was a nude (naked clothing optional) anti-fur protest on the 31st January outside Harrods to demonstrate against their continued selling of fur. It was a great day and will be doing this the last Saturday of every month until they stop. A very liberating experience, for over 30 minutes in 3C and light rain." More info about the group protesting the sale of fur at Harrods (if you want to join in and help stop the horrific use of animals for fur) click here or visit H.Porter's facebook page here.
Over 300 Designers Are Using Fur In Their Collections
The following quote was sourced from an article promoting the fur industry 2005; tragically, the fur industry has thrived since then.“On the image front, public sympathy for the animal rights message has waned at the same time as fur has been re-embraced by the fashion world.”
Each year, approximately 30 million animals are raised in tiny cages on fur farms around the world. For minks and foxes which do not adapt to life in captivity, this type of intensive confinement often results in self-mutilation, cannibalism, high-level stress, and many developing foot problems from continuously standing on the wire of their small cages. They are usually killed using electrocution through the anus so their pelt is left unmarked. Leading countries that produce mink pelts include Denmark (12.6 million slaughtered in 2003), followed by China (5 million), Holland (3.25 million) and the U.S. (2.3 million.) and Finland is the leading producer of ranch-raised fox with 2.3 million killed last year. Other animals killed include two million dogs and cats, and over 600,000 chinchillas, polecats and raccoons.
Worldwide, there are approximately 10 million wild animals trapped and killed exclusively for their fur each year.
Over 300 fashion designers are currently working with fur including Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Michael Kors, Karl Lagerfeld, Yves St Laurent, Valentino and Versace and Beyonce Knowles’ fashion house.
Millions of dogs and cats in China are bludgeoned, hung, bled to death, and strangled with wire nooses so that their fur can be turned into trim and trinkets. This fur is often deliberately mislabeled as "faux fur" or fur from other species, then exported to the United States and Australia to be sold.
Baby fox, also known as a kitten, and as cute as a button.
FUR VIDEO - THE CRUELTY REVEALED!
If you are unsure about the fur issue, and its cruelty, a graphic video of animals being skinned alive, including dogs and cats, for the fur trade can be found here . A hidden video camera was used to collect this exclusive footage of what is really happening to animals because humans continue to buy and wear fur.
Welsh say 'no' to fur at fashion week
AN OVERWHELMING 97% of the Welsh public has said they refuse to wear real fur.
The figures come from an RSPCA commissioned survey to coincide with the start of London Fashion Week.
Only 3% of Welsh people said they would be prepared to don real fur.
The regional breakdown of the figures differed only slightly with the vast majority of people saying they would refuse to wear real fur.
In London 87% said they would refuse to wear it, 98% would refuse in Yorkshire and Humberside and 95% would refuse in the Midlands.
The poll also found 92% of people think that both real and fake fur should be clearly labelled.
Six out of 10 people said they do not think celebrities should wear real fur and 61% thought there was a moral difference between animals that are farmed for meat and those that are farmed for fur.
And 91% of those questioned said they would not consider buying real fur even if it is available very cheaply.
David Bowles, RSPCA head of external affairs, said, "An overwhelming majority of the public are opposed to the disgusting and cruel practice of farming or trapping animals for their fur."
“A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”
- St Basil
Raccoon dogs are native to Asia, and although most raccoon dogs killed for fur are kept in tiny cages on fur farms, the wild populations are suffering a rapid decline. These beautiful dogs need our protection.
If you think buying faux fur is a good alternative, think again. Over 60% of faux fur is NOT faux fur! Fur passed off as faux fur is usually raccoon dog, and these poor animals are typically skinned alive to ensure there is no damage to the pelt, so the fur farm makes maximum profits. Trinkets, toys (including pet toys), and ornaments with fur, sold as faux fur, are typically raccoon dog, cat, or dog.
Thinking of getting eyelash extensions? Avoid "natural" eyelash extensions because these are usually made from beaver fur. Disgusting!
Please help to prevent other animals suffer this excruciating, cruel, unnecessary fate, by avoiding all fur and faux fur products, and informing others why fur is not fashionable or attractive, and certainly not kind or evolved.
Clubbing the foxes head in, at the fur farm. This method helps to keep killing costs down.
Ripping the skin off animals that have been clubbed, electrocuted, strangled, gassed, or had a hot poker thrust up the animal's anus, to kill the poor animal without damaging the pelt. How glamorous does a fur coat look now? Wearing fur is a symbol of disrespect and abhorrent cruelty, nothing more. Certainly nothing to be proud of.
Another fur farm this time in Europe.
Raccoon dogs are commonly used to produce "faux fur" and fur trinkets, along with cats and dogs. Raccoon dogs are frequently skinned alive.