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As Philip Wollen (Australian philanthropist and former vice-president of Citi Bank) from The Kindness Trust states, “fur farms are gulags of despair; they commit the most heinous of abuses for the most trivial of reasons” (January, 2013).


furbearing animalshow many

The animals most commonly farmed for their fur are minks, foxes, chinchillas, raccoon dogs, raccoons and rabbits.

Minks are semi-aquatic and need water in the form of streams or lakes. A mink’s natural living environment is always near water or on wooded banks. Generally they are solitary and inquisitive animals except when they pair off during the mating season. mink in nature     

mink and baby

Mommy mink with her baby

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                                                                                          red-fox_679_600x450 foxRed fox

In their natural habitat, a fox’s territory can extend to several hectares, depending on the availability of food. They are solitary until the mating season when they form family units. A pair of foxes will parent their offspring in a den dug by the pair, which they use as safe base camps.

white foxArctic fox

The Arctic Fox is a small white fox native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The Arctic fox is commonly found in the colder parts of Canada, Alaska, Northern Asia and Europe. The Arctic fox is also commonly known as the Snow fox or the White fox, as the Arctic fox has white fur and spends a great deal of time in the cold snow. Sadly the Arctic fox is farmed for its fur in intensive battery type conditions.

arctic foxChinchillas are naturally found in rocky crevices and can jump as high as one meter. In other words they need lots of space, which is denied to them when in captivity.

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Rabbits are social and intelligent creatures. They love to play and groom each other.


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Although rabbits are not killed for Angora fur, they can be plucked raw for their fur. If this is done in a cruel way, rabbits scream in agony while this happens.



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Raccoons are primarily nocturnal, but are often seen frolicking during the day when feeling safe. They are intelligent animals who, sadly, have had to adapt to the loss of their habitat because of human development. They will make their nests almost anywhere—in tree cavities, brush piles, abandoned burrows, chimneys, attics, and barn lofts—and usually have more than one den. They have routines for finding food and shelter, and they can plot out and remember different hiding places for each. In the wild, raccoons can live seven years or longer.

Raccoons are brutally killed by cruel humans who covet their fur. Like foxes, raccoons are hunted by starved dogs and often suffer in steel-jaw traps, where they endure hours of agony before they are killed—or chew an arm or leg off in an effort to escape.

Raccoon Dog


They are farmed intensively in China and brutally  killed for their fur.

It is also traditional for the Pope to wear fur for special occasions.. Pope Benedict XVI wore a red velvet, ermine-trimmed cape called a mozetta.

 pope in fur Ermine in the wild. 

An ermine in the wild. Millions of  ermine are bred and farmed under horrendous conditions just to be a fur trim. This is cruel and unnecessary.  Read more: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/fur/animals-used-fur/#ixzz38I1dQrUc

ALL these wild animals need to be active and hence suffer intensely when bred on fur farms. In order to reap maximum profit, everything is aimed at being cost effective on these farms. There is no regard for the animals’ well-being, as they are merely seen as raw material waiting to be harvested (killed). They are routinely confined to small, wire-mesh cages and kept in a battery style system. With several animals in a cage there is barely room to move let alone space for activity. Minks on fur farms will never swim; foxes will never run; chinchillas will never jump and rabbits will never play.

cat and dog

In certain countries, such as China, with poor animal welfare legislation cats and dogs (domestic animals) are also skinned for their fur. To cut down on costs and because a warm “carcass” is easier to skin, these animals are often skinned alive.     

(dpa) – Farm minks pictured after they were skinned in the Netherlands, 7 December 2004. The animals are held in narrow cages which are 90 centimetres long, 30 centimetres wide and 45 centimetres high. Afterwords they are gased by carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide. Sometimes they are also killed by a toxic shot or their neck is broken. These animals were killed by a spine break. More than 200 of these farms exist in the Netherlands. The majority of the furs are delivered to Germany. Photo by: animal protection reporters/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

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In this advanced age of synthetic fabrics, fur is totally unnecessary to keep warm. Wearing fur has become a fashion statement for egotistic people who falsely believe owning a fur increases their status in society.


As a result of these individuals’ demand for fur, and a greed for money, fur farms have emerged in several European countries, which comprise 70% of all the fur farms on the planet. The rest of the world encompasses the remaining 30%. Dr Etwaroo’s research (2012) shows that 80% of today’s fur comes from fur farms, as compared to trapping. Trapping is no longer pervasive because it is too expensive.

Fur farming entails the breeding of certain mammals in captivity specifically for their pelts. Their bodies are disposed of and generally not used for anything else. Countries such as the United Kingdom (UK) have banned the farming of fur but still allow the selling of fur produce. Although South Africa does not have fur farms, there are retailers, such as Erich Fischer Furriers, that procure pelts from overseas and in this way collude with the abuse of precious animals and the environment.

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Millions of animals are bred and killed in appalling conditions. One fur coat, depending on the type, requires the skins of many animals.                              

 2oo minks chinchilla pelts.Chinchilla pelts

40 rabbitshow many furs

 About 26 million minks are killed, usually asphyxiated, every year for the sole purpose of acquiring their skin. Many skins make one fur coat.

Chinchillas are also farmed for their furs, where 100-200 chinchillas are killed for one coat.




The following link takes you to investigations done on fur farms that claim to be “origin assured”.


Inspections of fur farms by various animal rights groups have exposed widespread horrendous animal suffering.The following photographs were taken by various animal rights organisations, as listed below:


  • Animal Liberation Frontline is well known for its extreme activism, such as releasing animals from their captivity  on farms. This organisation has also taken photographs of fur farms in USA exposing shocking conditions.
  • Coalition Against Fur Farms works in northern America. This organisation tracks fur farms and reports on where and when they open. It constantly exposes the horrendous conditions found on these farm.
  • The Finnish animal rights organisation Oikeutta eläimille (Justice for Animals) did an undercover investigation of Finnish fur farms and photographed the torture these animals go through .
  • The Network for Animal Freedom and  Animal Protection Norway have done unannounced investigations of Norwegian fur farms.
  • Zvirat Svoboda (Freedom for Animals) photographed farms within the Czech Republic, which revealed the torment suffered by the animals on these fur farms
  • Bont voor Dieren revealed shocking conditions through its research in the Netherlands.
  • Born Free is based in the United States of america. Researchers found that at times, farmers use homemade gas chambers, such as a box hooked up to a tractor exhaust pipe to kill minks. This method prolongs the suffering caused to these animal.

Regardless of the fur farm, intensive battery farming methods are used. Cages are lined up outside in extreme temperatures. In these temperatures drinking water can freeze and animals then die of thirst.

dogs on fur farm

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Silver foxes about to be electrocuted

Otherwise they are kept in rows in giant sheds, as seen below, which are filthy and dark.

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A battery system of farming is inherently cruel to animals.

The wire-mesh cages are far too small and the wire, often rusty, can injure these creatures or cut their feet.

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Caged chinchilla at fur farm

This is how chinchillas are kept on fur farms before getting electrocuted. 

                                   Racoon dog and dead                                                                                                                                                                          Raccoon dog on fur farm with the remains of a deceased mate, dead and rotting in the cage (Photograph: Animal Rights Alliance).

Gaping wounds were seen on these poor creatures, which had not been treated. This often led to infections and death.                                                                                                                                                 wound4   Mink for campaign     caged mink3  wound  mink without tailwound2wound3  wound5


This leads to severe flesh and head wounds which remain untreated. Eyes are poked out.

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Animals lie anguished and depressed inside the cages, waiting for an agonising death (Freedom For Animals, 2012)                                                     depressed racoon dog


Animals are fed meat by-products which are deemed unfit for human consumption. Mink feed consists of chicken and fish offal, supplemented with wheat flour and additives. This is usually in the form of a paste.

The following photographs show these methods of killing:

Gassing of minks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     gassing method                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Anal electrocution

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electrocution in ear

2014: New Investigation Finds ‘Systematic Torture’ at Fur Farms Used by Fendi and Alice + Olivia An electric probe is placed into this dog’s ear.

Gruesome findings —

1. The raccoon dogs were confined to cages barely larger than their own bodies, and stood in piles of their own feces.
2. Nearly every raccoon dog exhibited signs of mental or physical illness.
3. Raccoon dogs who died in captivity were fed to the others.
4. To gather fur, farm workers electrocuted the raccoon dogs with metal bars attached to a car battery. One bar was inserted into the mouth the other into the anus. The shock did not kill the animals, but left them paralyzed as workers skinned them alive.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           racoon dog electrocutes10690309_1551829345035931_2953767998990614054_n (1)anal elect

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Breaking necks Necks are broken necks

SWUNG Swung by the tails and heads beaten into the ground, many are stunned but still alive before being skinned


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This rabbit is still alive after being skinned

This chinchilla is still alive after being skinned skinned alive - chinchilla


Thousands of pelts  Thousands of peltspeltsTRANSPORTING DEAD MINKS

hanging peltsHANGING FUR   

Furs may be dyed before  being sold.

Dyed fur - London  Barbies in fur madness      

Real fur is often used for trinkets and pet toys.                     Fur trinketsfur key rings   

Eyelash extensions are often made from real mink fur eyelashes                                                             

Animals are sometimes killed only for fur trim on garments or accesories.

Fox fur shoe

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As a result of this fur production, millions of carcasses need to be disposed – many are just dumped. This is a potential environmental hazard.  

  fur trade   bodies of skinned foxes      CARCASSES       carcasses1      

Although most of the world’s fur is supplied from fur farms, trapping of animals for their fur still occurs. Animals die an agonising death and often willl chew off their own limbs to escape. Other animals also get caught in traps and are then just discarded ~ a total waste of life.

Meet your fur trim leg hold trap Beaver trapping  Psychopath1

Bears are hunted to make fur items, notably the fur hats of the Queen’s guard in the United Kingdom.  

Psychopaths bears      

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  people create misery                                                          The fur industry


  1. ravenskeeper says:

    I would like to re-post, re-blog many of your articles on my website; however I note you do not have a re-blog button. I can copy and paste (obviously) and I always give credit to the original post. However as you do not have the re-blog button I thought I would ask you first as some folks prefer their work to remain on their own site. Your posts are hard hitting and show the true nature of this abhorrent and evil practice. It just makes me want to scream as I know many are not even given the semblance of botched barbaric attempts at euthanasia (if you can call it that, more torture would be a better description ) and are skinned alive where they are tethered. I cannot imagine the torturous pain they must suffer. Evil poor evil AAAAAAGGGGHHH!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Emy Will says:

    Hi Ravenskeeper. I absolutely don’t mind you reblogging. The more we can share information about this abhorrent industry the better.
    I see you are on the fur facts page, which might be why there is not a reblog option. I think only posts can be reblogged. I have put this information into a “page”, as so many people do not want to view distressing photos. This page is also a work in progress, which I add to all the time. Please feel free to cut and paste. Thank you for your support. Together we can make a difference.


    • ravenskeeper says:

      Thanks 🙂 This industry just has to be banned world wide. End of! Thanks for caring for the voiceless – peace and freedom friend, and for all creatures Ravenskeeper.


  3. Martin says:

    If you are a vegetarian than you should be concerned about the fur trade; if not you have no grounds to say anything, the shoes you walk in are leather, the seats in your car, the purse you prize; some pillows are feather filled, duck down comforters we all except a few use animal skin in some way or another.


    • Emy Will says:

      Thanks for the comment, Martin. You are absolutely right. It is a lifestyle choice to try and avoid all cruelty towards non- human persons. Although my campaign focuses on the fur industry all animal issues concern me. The fur trade is one of the cruelest and most senseless industries on this planet and only for a trivial fashion item. I do not eat or wear anything derived from other species. We can only try and do our best when it comes to the well-being of animals.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Natalie Byczak says:

        1 year later…. ( I just discovered this blog )
        I am a vegetarian and a very passionate person about animal rights. I understand where you are coming from in respect to people being quite hypocritical when it comes to animal skins in general. However I believe we should be promoting people living cruelty free AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Of course leather shoes come from animals- but there is an actual purpose, in the sense that leather shoes will last years… decades even! I don’t think we should blatantly compare shoes someone is choosing for durability and practicality to a fur pom-pom or trim. NEITHER IS OK, I KNOW! I also understand that something being not as bad doesn’t make it NOT bad.
        Basically, I think people should have the right to say what they wish and express the efforts they are making towards a better tomorrow. A lot of the time becoming a vegetarian of animal activist is transitional, so give people a break and motivate them! You never know what they may become! Anyone who is on the path towards helping animals should be a friend- not a foe.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Emy Will says:

        Thank you for the comment, Natalie. I believe every action taken to reduce the suffering of other species is valuable. Best wishes,


  4. Very distressing photos! It’s important for people to see these, but it makes me so sad to look at them. Celeste 🙂


    • Emy Will says:

      Thanks for taking an interest Celeste. The fur industry is one of the saddest on this planet because people put vanity above compassion. I still get distressed when seeing those photos but you are so right – people must know the truth.




  6. GarryRogers says:

    The fur industry symbolizes the ignorance and lack of respect humans have for their fellow creatures. Pinned and scooped (http://scoop.it/t/ecoscifi).
    Thank you.


    • Emy Will says:

      I really appreciate your support, Garry. The fur industry is one of the most abhorrent on this planet because it is senseless cruelty for human vanity. It is so important to raise awareness.


  7. It’s a sick gauge of society that suffering happens to cloth someone. When does this insanity end. Thank you for being a voice for the voiceless. Paulette

    Liked by 1 person

    • Emy Will says:

      Thanks for your encouragement Paulette. The fur industry is one of the most cruel and senseless industries on this planet. Animals suffering for human vanity is indeed disturbing.


  8. Kev says:

    I feel sick. It’s completely inhumane.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Emy Will says:

      Totally sickening, Kev. Anyone who claims the fur trade is humane is disconnected from their soul 😥


      • Kev says:

        I think a lot of people are just in the dark about it or don’t give it a second thought. I know that I used to be that way…I had no idea about the brutality behind it all and it has really changed my perspective…I don’t like the pictures, but they make it more real…so, kudos.

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      • Emy Will says:

        Thanks again Kev. The photos are indeed distressing 😥

        I know, for me, seeing photos of dairy farming made me give up dairy products. Now that I am ‘converted’ I try avoid all disturbing images. It seems sometimes that humans have lost the plot.

        Talking of plots, it seems things are progressing on your side and all with a new haircut 😉


      • Kev says:

        ha ha!


  9. frizztext says:

    it’s good to make this clear as possible for those who cannot talk for themselves.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. greyzoned/angelsbark says:

    Thank you for sticking up for those who can’t do it for themselves. This is absolutely heartbreaking and it makes me so sad and so angry. I hate the human race more often than not.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I applaud your intent in attempting to shed light on this practice. Exploiting and killing animals for fur is immoral. This is true. But focusing on just one issue (fur) lends legitimacy to other exploitation of animals (eating them and their secretions, wearing leather, etc.). All exploitation of nonhuman animals is equally immoral.

    It’s counter-productive to the fight for Animal Rights to focus on any one issue involving the abuse of animals, instead of focusing on the larger picture, which is the use of them at all.

    Here are a couple articles that explain in more detail:



    These links and tons more on Veganism:


  12. oooh. God. where the eff is God. We have to change this–that any living thing could do this to another–it is unspeakable–I hope every single one of those horrible human beings receives a karmic justice when they die. It is barbaric. It is deplorable. It is so WRONG!! how can anyone wear fur–knowing these things–God. People just make me sick is what. We are so overdue for a mass extinction event it is not even funny. We are wrong–wrong a a species not to move heaven and earth to stop this.


  13. whoops–wrons “as a species”…:( Sorry I am filled with revulsion and anger, and i typoed…


  14. I wonder what has happened to humanity….humans have lost respect for everything but themselves..this is part and parcel of the filthy capitalism….may God punish these criminals….


  15. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    I put this on Facebook. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Rajiv says:

    This is graphic… But, we need to see these images

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Hard to look at these but I don’t turn away from the suffering of the voiceless. Thank you for speaking for them.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. jmsabbagh says:

    l hope millions will visit your blog to see the atrocities of progress .


  19. Rob London says:

    Where is the f**king COMPASSION!! This is civilization? Humanity deserves what it gets. There will be a price for this. Keep up the fight!


  20. lbwoodgate says:

    An impressive post Emy. Let’s hope it prevents some from contributing to the inhumane slaughter of these animals by making choices that don’t include animal skins


    • Emy Will says:

      Hi Larry. Thanks for the visit 🙂
      I certainly hope that my small attempt to raise awareness about the despicable fur trade makes some contribution.
      Silence can often also be a crime so I believe it is important to speak out against all acts of cruelty.
      Best wishes,


  21. Earth Whisperer Conservation says:

    Perhaps all products made via animal cruelty should be required to carry a tag, with graphic photo’ and detailed description of the torturous process forced upon the animal.

    Liked by 2 people

    • ravenskeeper says:

      Like your thinking Earth Whisperer; Why not? they do exactly that on cigarette packets so the powers that be could hardly object now …..could they!!!!!!

      Liked by 2 people

      • Earth Whisperer Conservation says:

        Oh, they could…! 🙂 … Of course the best scenario is to remove the fur industry from the face of Earth, but while we’re working on that… Yes, just like the cigarette industry.

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  22. David Thomas says:

    Damn Shameful!!!!!!
    See once what u are actually doing….
    feel for them …. if don’t ….
    feel a 440 Volt shock……
    be better understand now……

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Stacey Ann says:

    Your page is one of the better ones I’ve seen so much info–very detailed! Thank you for your compassion & for trying to spread the good word. I am a vegetarian and ARA who is all about awareness. I’m proud to follow you and lend support. If you need any anti-fur flyers let me know. Thank you for being a voice!!

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  24. Ammad Naeem says:

    Humanity is such a shame. If there is a God it has created a system based on suffering and pain to the creatures that have no fault in first place.


  25. Julie Lasne says:

    I’m among others the French Reps of CACH (Campaign Against Canned Hunting & cub petting, …) before it was known…
    I would like to share with you some pictures and ads that could be be helpful for you and our common battle for animals.
    tell me how and on which email address or else.



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