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THE FUR INDUSTRY: morally indefensible

I believe that no person with integrity could support the fur industry in any way. However, numerous people are unaware of the horrific facts of the fur trade. My intention, therefore, is to present the facts of the fur trade so that people can make an informed moral choice about fur items.

Individuals with integrity consistently have strong moral principles. They are honest and their values concord with their words and actions, even in the face of conflict. To make moral choices, people need to be able to connect to all their emotions, pleasant and unpleasant. This is not easy and to avoid uncomfortable feelings people use various psychological defences to deny, avoid or minimise the reality of a bad situation.

Regarding animals, certain people deny that animals are sentient and therefore can suffer. These people might even argue that animals are put on earth solely for the benefit of humans. They may have pets and adequately care for them, yet animals are regarded as property to be disposed of at will. Viewed only as property, animals are used as a means to an end, usually for monetary gain.

Manufacturers of fur products try to objectify fur-bearing mammals so that people can avoid thinking of “fur” as sourced from living, sentient beings. Words such as harvesting instead of killing give the impression that animals are a natural resource, akin to harvesting a crop of vegetables.

In this advanced age of synthetic fabrics, real fur items are unnecessary. Hence, people who buy these items find ways to avoid empathising with the suffering of animals. They evade the truth, which enables them to disconnect from the living creatures. For example, they claim to wear mink fur and not the fur from a skinned mink, the latter statement evoking a more gruesome image. They will justify their choices by saying animals are humanely farmed and killed or that fur is “green”. This can be seen as a lack of integrity, as self-interest overrides compassion towards other species.

There is proof, however, that the fur industry is morally indefensible. It destroys animals and the environment for products that nobody needs in the 21st century. To maximise profits, the fur industry conceals or minimises these facts, which are presented as follows.

The fur industry is different to the meat industry, as every year millions of wild animals are battery-farmed or trapped solely for their fur. A single garment, depending on the fur, can be made from hundreds of animal skins. Fur products include luxury fashion garments, accessories, pet toys, key rings and various trinkets. Animals are killed specifically to make trim for hats, gloves, jackets, blankets, scarves and shoes. Without exception, fur items entail the extreme suffering of animals.

Around 85 % of the world’s fur comes from fur farms, where everything is aimed at being cost-effective. There is no regard for the animals’ well-being, as they are viewed as mere commodities. Fur animals spend their entire lives crammed into tiny, dirty metal cages where there is barely room to move let alone space for activity. Rusty wire from the cages can injure or cut the feet of these creatures. Eyes are often poked out. Cages are lined up in freezing conditions to ensure that animals grow thicker fur i.e. produce more fur. If their drinking water freezes, animals can die of thirst.

In these unnatural conditions wild animals go insane, displaying behaviour not observed in the wild. Abnormal behaviour such as cannibalism and self-mutilation occurs, as in frustration animals chew off their own tails and legs. Under these stressful conditions they attack and wound each other. Many animals die painfully from their injuries, go into organ failure from stress or suffocate. Despite this senseless loss of life, it is still more cost-effective to keep these animals in these vile conditions.

These victims lie anguished and depressed inside cages, waiting for an agonising death. To cut costs and to preserve pelts killing methods are merciless. Animals are routinely gassed, anally or vaginally electrocuted, poisoned, bludgeoned or have their necks broken and sometimes are even skinned alive. When electrocution is used, the farmer puts a metal clamp in an animal’s mouth, a metal rod in the anus, and sends a high-voltage current surging through the body. This causes the animal to have a cardiac arrest while still conscious. Sometimes the power surge forces the rod out of the anus, so the procedure must be repeated. If a lethal injection of various chemicals is used, it kills through paralysis, which can result in immobilised animals being skinned alive.

Environmental pollution from fur farms is huge. With tens of thousands of living beings kept in a small area excrement can seep into the ground water.  Ammonia from accumulated faeces not only burns the eyes and lungs of animals but also pollutes the air. As only the pelt is used, bodies are dumped and left to rot. Toxic chemicals are used to stop fur bio-degrading. Fur garments are also dyed to give them a “modern” look. These toxins are harmful to the environment and to people.

About 15% of the world’s fur comes from trapped wild animals. Trapped animals cannot escape and often spend days bleeding to death. At times they gnaw off their own limbs in an effort to free themselves. Traps are indiscriminate and animals caught in error are casually discarded.

In countries with inadequate animal protection laws, such as China, millions of dogs and cats are bludgeoned, hanged and bled to death. This is cheaper than to produce synthetic fur. Because it is easier to strip fur from a warm body, animals are often skinned alive.  Footage has shown that animals sometimes are fully conscious while being skinned. Even after their skin had been stripped off, breathing and eyelid movement was evident for up to five to ten minutes.

To bypass laws banning the sale of dog and cat, this fur from China can be mislabeled as faux/ synthetic fur. Real fur is often dyed and sheared. Weak import and labeling laws make it difficult to identify from where fur originates. Consequently, furriers and retailers selling fur goods do not know the exact source of the fur. This aside, no living being should be skinned for their fur.

One way of ending the torture of animals in the fur industry is not to sell or buy products containing fur of any type. Even better, a person with integrity will reinforce their actions and speak up against the fur trade, which is one of the most senseless and barbaric industries on earth.

#FeelFreeFriday ~ 85

Genuine fur cat toys, as seen is this photo, are sold as synthetic through many retail outlets.

In this way many people inadvertently support the brutal trade in animal fur.

It is, therefore, always good when this deception is exposed.

Cat “joy sticks” were being sold by Crazy Plastics SA, as this retailer believed that the toys were synthetic. Fur Free South Africa had a toy tested, which confirmed that it was of animal origin.

In response to this, Crazy Plastics SA did the ethical thing and has removed this item from its stock.

This retailer states:

“We do not support any form of animal abuse and we will not support any company that exploits animals in any shape or form … and will in future keep an eye out for similar products”. 
crazy1Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who live and die in captivity for human greed!


Due to weak labelling laws, misinforming consumers about the contents of fur items has become a global problem.

Products containing animal fur can be labelled as synthetic or not labelled at all. Unsuspecting consumers buy these items assuming the fur on their garments is synthetic.

The Sun (UK) did an investigation including DNA testing on mislabelled fur goods. The results are shocking.

Below are some of the findings of the objects in this photo:


Photo: The Sun (UK)

  • KIDS’ SHOES (top row, left)

Label details: None

Lab finding: Most consistent with chinchilla

  • BLACK COAT (top row, centre)

Label: 100 % polyester

Lab finding: Consistent with raccoon dog/fox

  • BLACK SHOES (top row, right)

Label: None

Lab findings: Most consistent with rabbit

  • BEIGE GLOVES (middle row, centre)

Label details: None

Lab findings: Fur most consistent with rabbit

  • POMPOM KEY RINGS (middle row, beige)

Label: None

Lab findings: Most consistent with rabbit

  • WHITE BAG (middle row, centre)

Label: None

Lab finding: Most consistent with rabbit

  • PURPLE CARDIGAN (middle row, right)

Label: None

Lab result: Most consistent with rabbit

  • RED HAT (bottom row, left)

Label: 100 per cent acrylic

Lab findings: Most consistent with raccoon dog

  • STRIPED NECK WARMER (bottom row, middle)

Label: Polyester, acrylic and cotton

Lab findings: Most consistent with rabbit

  • BOBBLE HAT (bottom row, middle)

Label: 100 per cent acrylic

Lab findings: Most consistent with fox

  • BLACK GLOVES (bottom row, right)

Label: None

Lab findings: Most consistent with rabbit

Read more @ http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/6816528/Animal-pelts-in-UK-High-Street-sold-as-fake-fur.html

If in doubt, please don’t buy.


The brutal Canadian seal hunt starts in March after female seals have given birth to their young.

Baby Harp seals are born with a soft, white coat.

Legally, baby Harp seals in Canada cannot be hunted until they begin to shed their white coats of fur. However, this happens very soon, so the pups are barely weaned before they are bludgeoned to death.

That is, they have no legal protection at all!

Harp seals                                               Image from The Seal Army ~ Harp seals

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#FeelFreeFriday ~ 70

This post is dedicated to the Croatian animal rights organisation, Animal Friends.

Due to the efforts of Animal Friends, the Croatian Animal Protection Act, passed on January 1, 2007 recognised the brutal nature of the fur industry and banned fur farming.

This came with a 10-year phase-out period, which meant the ban would be fully effective from January 1, 2017.

This phase out period has given fur farmers ample time to transition to another, more ethical form of business.

However, currently chinchilla breeders are attempting to exempt chinchillas from this ban. Of note, the only remaining type of fur farming in Croatia is chinchilla farming, which essentially means the fur ban would be negated.

On February 19, 2016, Croatian citizens gathered on the central square of the capital city Zagreb to make a public statement. They sat in a cage with ‘Chinchi’ to raise awareness about the miserable life of animals farmed for fur.

A recent poll showed that 3 out of 4 Croatian citizens are in support of a fur ban.

I hope compassion prevails and the fur farming ban stays!


Chinchi, the chinchilla


Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who live and die in captivity.



Unethical fashion designers still use animal fur in their collections. These designers, including Marc Jacobs, ignore evidence showing the suffering of animals skinned for their fur.

However, there are willing models who, too, don’t care about the barbaric fur trade.

Lady Gaga is a celebrity who regularly attracts attention because of her outrageous outfits, which often include animal fur.

During the New York Fashion Week, February, 2016, Lady Gaga modelled this outfit designed by Marc Jacobs. 

To be honest the green fur on this absurd outfit made me turn slightly green, and it certainly was not with envy!

lady G lady Gaga

AP Photos by Julie Jacobson

#FeelFreeFriday ~ 69

Animals on fur farms sustain many horrendous injuries, as they are confined to tiny metal cages that don’t meet any of their natural needs.

These fur-bearing animals are seen as “commodities” and as long as farmers can harvest fur from them, farmers don’t care about the pain and suffering of these creatures.

This video shows Hansel & Gretel, two disabled foxes who were rescued from a Polish fur farm by the organisation, Otwarte Klatki.

It is only because they are disabled that they could legally be removed and be spared a brutal death.   

You will see how happy they are to be free and feel sand for the first time in their lives.


Read the full story  @ http://www.furfreealliance.com/two-fox-cubs-five-paws/

Dedicated to all nonhuman animals kept in captivity and killed for human greed.


Around 15% of the world’s fur comes from trapping wild animals. Trappers claim that animals are not hurt in these devices.

Yet the facts prove otherwise:

Trapped animals die an agonising death, often gnawing off their own limbs to escape.

Traps are indiscriminate and will catch any type of animal.

Despite what the fur industry claims, there is NO such thing as humane fur.

This clever video below demonstrates the cruelty of traps.

#FeelFreeFriday ~ 66

Meet Tun, a raccoon dog rescued in Japan.

Raccoon dogs are a different species to the raccoon, but are named as such because of their markings.                                                                                                                             


Photo by @chibi_tori

While keeping a wild animal as a companion animal is not usually a good idea, Tun would not have lived if he was not rescued.

Thank you @chibi_tori  for giving Tun a chance in life.

Many thousands of raccoon dogs are farmed intensively and brutally killed for their fur every year. Raccoon dog fur is also referred to as Murmansky fur and you will find it in fur fashion clothing across the world. 

Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who are bred and killed in captivity!

#FeelFreeFriday ~ 64

One clever arctic fox escapes trappers.

The video tells the story so don’t be put off by the Russian language.

P.S. Sad about all the other animals who don’t get away!


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