Fur as Fashion

By: Trinity Page

The Truth about the so called "safe fur farms"

Fur is one of the most egregiously cruel industries out there. Every year, over 50 million animals, including dogs and cats, are killed for their fur worldwide. Eighty-five percent of animals killed in the fur industry come from fur farms—dismal places where foxes, rabbits, minks, chinchillas, and other animals spend their entire short lives in these tiny, filthy metal cages. Then, they’re killed in really horrific ways, such as bludgeoning, neck-breaking, or electrocution. Most of the animals aren't killed before they are skinned. Undercover investigators found that many animals were still alive and struggling desperately when workers flipped them onto their backs or hang them up by their legs or tails to skin them. Skinning animals for a fur coat or nice boots is inhumane and disturbing.

PETA

The PETA stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This group is said to hold protests and help end any form of animal abuse. But they have been accused of killing and harming animals as well as the people they "protest against". Many animal abuse awareness groups have investigated and found proof of the PETA killing animals who are completely innocent. PETA implies that "the animals it kills are mostly near death’s door.”. Investigators have proven that this is not true. Not only do they harm and kill the innocent animals, but they donate the bodies to fur farms.

Fur as fashion

The animals in these fur farms don't have a happy life before being killed. They are forced to sit in cages their whole life. The animals would never touch the ground again. The innocent, helpless victims develop diseases and injuries that will never be treated. They are starved and only fed a small portion once or twice a day. Our so called " furry friends" go through all this terrible torture to just one day be skinned alive for a fur coat or an ugly fur purse. When people walk around wearing fur, they are advertising and displaying the torture an animal went through. Most people are fine with wearing and showing off fur fashion only because they don't like to think about the truth of what they are wearing, instead they push it out of their minds because it's easier.

Vintage Fur

For fashionists vintage furs don’t directly contribute to the profits of modern fur farms, and they’re less toxic to the environment than faux furs, which are made from petroleum. Stoles and fur coats from the ’50s and ’60s evoke the lux, decadent glamour of several celebrities, but vintage furs go for a fraction of the cost of their contemporary counterparts. We do not need to produce billions of new garments a year. Wearing second-hand fur is so much less detrimental to the environment than buying a new wool jacket is. Most people would much rather wear grandmother’s fur coat that’s lasted since the ’50s than go buy something from J. Crew that I’m going to wear for two years and dispose of. The constant reproduction of fur for fashion is unnecessary and has no reason to continue the terrible abusive torture expressed in fur farms.
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