The fashion wheel is spinning time is running out! “Fashion changes every decade and the new styles take over the old trends, said fashion design teacher, Mrs. Fort, from Garden City High School .” Fashion trends from the past build up trends for the future. Fur products might make new fashion trends, but only by killing the animal for their pelts. Every year more than 50 million animals all over the world are killed for the use of fashion products. Different types of animals are used like seals, raccoons, cats, dogs, foxes, wolfs and many more. Animals used for fur products are being killed for their skin using various methods; however, many choose to skin the animals with a highly sharp object while animal is still alive, to preserve the skin at its best without damage to its fur. Millions of animals are being tortured and killed in inhumane ways people are not aware of when they purchase fur apparel. Jackets, sweatshirts, boots, and accessories with a fur trim said to be artificial fur is many times real fur labeled with a different pronunciation for an animal. Products are sold with real animal fur; however it is not announced to the public as real fur. So join the club, the fur free club and see what you can do to make a difference like:
Become a member of fur free fashion; help stop the crime of killing for fur. Fur trends kill innocent creatures that have no way to defend themselves from people who kill for pleasure or for money. However, do you think killing for fashion is necessary? There are alternate solutions to stop fur farming like the ones listed above. Time flies so don’t allow the crime of fur farming to be the price for fashion.
HISTORY OF FUR FARMING
In the movie 101 Dalmatians, the wicked Cruella Devillemakes a plan to have in her possession the 101 Dalmatians to do her evil willing. Oh Cruella, the plans she had in mind, to make herself a spotted fur coat by taking the skin and lives of the 101 Dalmatians just for her pleasures. What a cruel thing to do! Her evil plans gratefully failed as she ended up in jail and once again the Dalmatians were safe again. For a fiction story it contains a lot of reality, because the killing of the dogs for the use of their fur might be illegal in some places, but the law is not always obeyed in most countries. Fur farming is no longer a local issue but it has now become a global issue. The idea of fur farming originally started in the United States during the 1890’s making its journey to Canada , Europe, Russia , Australia , Argentina , and even parts of Asia . In some places like China for instance, the method of fur farming is skinning animals alive.
METHODS OF FUR FARMING
Even though the killing of animals to use their fur has been around for many decades, now they have made it to be a professional career in many countries. Some fur farmers with some moral values breed animals that at one point were wild, but now have been tamed and have turned into domestic creatures. Other fur providers go set out traps in the wild or go through cities picking up animals and sometimes stealing animals for the use of fur. If an animal is trapped, it takes days for the trap to be emptied and the animal is in a slow painful death. In international fur farming the use of endangered animals is not allowed, however this is not always followed. Abundant wild species said to be “trash animals” like raccoons, squirrels, weasels, foxes, minks, dogs, cats and many more are commonly used for fur farming.
When fur farmers decide that the animal is well grown to provide them with a good amount of skin, the animal is taken to the slaughterhouse to start the process of skinning the animal. The process of separating the fur from the animal is very dreadful to observe. The fur farmer decides the method of skinning the animals. Few, if any, decide to put animals to death using various methods like beating them to death, an injection of insecticide, hanging them, giving them gas, suffocating them, poisoning them, or even electrocution before starting the process of skinning. Also another method more commonly used for animals is by skinning at the tail or legs with a highly sharp object. Once at the middle of the body, the skin is easier to pull off while the animal is still alive, to preserve the skin at its best without damage to its fur. Fur farming is morally wrong because it is inhumane torture to kill and cause suffering to an animal for its fur. Each year more than 50 million animals all over the world are killed for the use of their skin for fashion production. Eighty-five percent of the animal skins that are used to make fur fashion come from animals that live on fur farms which only raise animals for their fur. Fur is not only used for the production of fur coats or garments but also to produce popular fabrics like silk. Cocoons with the silk worms inside are boiled so that silk can be processed. Some moths are allowed to finish the cycle so that the silk worm population will continue. Fur is promoted as a natural and renewable source to the public. Although this might be a fact, it does not prove that killing and torturing animals is ethically correct.