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The fur industry rejects acknowledging even the most obvious cruel killing methods such as electrocution. The American Veterinary Medical Association report that electrocution causes “death by cardiac fibrillation, which causes cerebral hypoxia,” but informs that “animals do not lose consciousness for 10 to 30 seconds or more after the onset of cardiac fibrillation.” Meaning, the animals are still wide awake while going through a painful heart attack.

Today, fur factory farms are outlawed in the U.K. and the Netherlands. In 2011, more than 260 mink farms were operating in the U.S. The USDA stopped reporting the number of farms “to protect the identity of individual farmers.”

Fur lovers or consumers need to know that for every fur coat, lining, or piece of trim there was no small amount of animals suffering to produce it, whether they were raised on a fur farm, caught in the wild, or even unborn. This cruelty will persist as long as the public continue to buy and wear fur.

Stop supporting stores that sell fur, and let the stores’ owners know your reasons for refusing to buy from their establishments. Send to editors and writers in fashion magazines which feature fur-clad models on their covers and pages. Explain to them how wearing fur sustain a cruel industry, tell them why you think faux fur is a much more humane alternative. Join animal rights causes and organizations who advocate fair treatment of animals. Let your representative do something about it through laws and regulations.


In China, Italy, and Spain rabbits are raised for meat and usually killed before they reach the age of maturity required to harvest their fur. According to the United Nations, nearly 1 billion rabbits are harvested for their fur every year. The rabbit’s fur is used not only in clothing but also as fish bait and accessory on some items. The PETA conducted an investigation of a rabbit slaughterhouse in China, where rabbits are caged in dirty cages until they are skinned alive.

To reduce expenses, fur farmers group animals in small cages, where they can’t move without stepping on each other. This squeezing and packing distress the mink to no limits as they are solitary animals by nature. The suffering and pressure cause the minks to self-mutilate, biting their skin and body parts. Zoologists at Oxford University found that captive minks didn’t adapt despite generations of confinement for harvesting fur. Foxes, raccoons, and other animals don’t suffer any less and were found to eat their own kind out of sheer madness. Not to mention, clean-up from these kinds of operations is wasteful and littered with pathogens.

The animals eat leftover of humans and drink water unfit for human consumption.

No reasonable laws to regulate human slaughter to protect the animals in fur factory farms and the killing methods are murderous (as first outlined in the city of Chicago (see map)). Fur farmers don’t care about anything except the fur; they butcher the animals in ways that preserve the fur, but not the animals’ dignity and well-being. Farmers find “creative” ways to murder the animals, poisoning them with burning, unfiltered engine exhaust from a vehicle. It doesn’t kill them immediately, just animals faint, and wake up on being skinned alive.

Rods are used to kill large animals by jamming them in their mouths and anuses. Electrocution, poisoning, gassing, decompression chambers, neck-breaking, suffocation, and other horrendous measures are taken against the poor animals.

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In the course of the annual Canadian seal slaughter, hunters would shoot and repetitively strike tens of thousands of baby harp seals. Also in Canada, they trap and shoot hundreds of black bears directly in their heads at short range and leave them suffering for days. They need the skin of black bears to produce the ceremonial hats worn by Queen Elizabeth II’s Five Guards Regiments.

Fortunately, animal cruelty is not the only way to stay warm and look beautiful. Non-cruelty fabrics and artificial furs are sold everywhere, and organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) continue to support designers and clothing stores who use and sell only animal-friendly clothes.

The most common harvested animals are minks, foxes, and rabbits, among many others. The fur farming is concentrated in Europe with fifty-eight percent share of mink farms, followed by North America with 10 percent, and the rest are spread around the world in countries like China, Russia, and Argentina. Farmers keep a small percentage of the animals for breeding purposes, and the rest of the animals are imprisoned in filth cages with the bare minimum of survival available to them. The animals are held captive in fear, stress, disease, and other physical and psychological sufferings all for the sake of the fashion industry which makes billions of dollars every year.


The amount of animal suffering that goes into producing fur clothing is horrifically unspeakable. For every fur coat, trinket, and bit of trim, fur animals were abused and ultimately destroyed.

Fur animals spend all their lives confined in filthy cages cramped on top of each other in fur farms. The farmers use the least merciful and cheapest methods to harvest fur, including electrocution, suffocation, and even smashing the animal’s skull with iron rods.

The United States import half of its fur from China, where dogs and cats are skinned alive for their fur. The animals live in the worst conditions imaginable until they are ultimately destroyed. Chinese fur is often intentionally mislabeled, so when you wear any fur, it’s impossible to know what skin you are wearing.

Outside fur farms, animals also get trapped in the wild where they suffer for days or weeks from bleeding to death, dehydration, infection, shock, frostbite, and brutal attacks by other animals. To catch animals, hunters would set up steel-jaw traps that smash the animal’s legs, often penetrating the flesh to the bone. Hunters also employ Conibear traps, which press the animal’s neck with 90 pounds of pressure per square inch, or water-set traps, which leave small animals like beavers and muskrats gasping for air for ten minutes before their demise by drowning.