Fur, a high fashion piece with a horrific background. The reality of wearing the corpse of an animal hardly crosses the thoughts of fur owners. The end product of those glamorous fur coats people gaze at in store windows doesn’t even compare to the cruel and appalling process of how they are made.
Animals are brought to fur farms to be suffocated, electrocuted, gassed, and poisoned. A lot of animals are often skinned alive for their fur and then left to die a slow agonizing death. One of the biggest issues surrounding the cruelty of the animals is how more than half of the fur in United States comes from China. Chinese fur is quite often intentionally mislabeled and the animals there are bludgeoned, hanged, and bled to death; there are no penalties for the abuse of animals there.
According to The World Bank, the fur industry is now ranked as one of the world’s five worst industries for toxic-metal pollution due to how the skin under the fur is treated with toxic chemicals to keep it from decomposing after it’s sold. Within the fur industry, 85% of the skins come from animals who were held captive on fur farms.
Fur becomes more and more popular each year and is considered “high fashion,” but efforts need to be made to change the method in which they are produced. The animal rights organization PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is the largest animal rights organization in the world. PETA has a section on their website where people can sign a petition to be fur-free by simply providing their name and email address. Other ways of taking action is by refusing to wear or buy fur and convincing friends and family members to also do the same.
PETA and the Rabbit Advocacy Network report different retailers that we know and love, such as Revolve and most major department stores like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Sak’s Fifth Avenue, sell products made of fur.
There is no need to be cruel and wear real fur when there are cruelty-free fabrics and faux furs available almost everywhere. PETA continues to work with different designers and clothing retailers to advocate for the usage and selling of animal-friendly fabrics. No animals need to die so that humans can wear their skin simply as a fashion statement! Visit www.peta.orgto check out their article on “Vegan Clothing Shopping” and other helpful tips to make the fur industry more humane.