Fur Trade Facts

Aren't there Penalties for those who abuse animals on Chinese fur farms?

Currently, there are no penalties in China that would protect the millions of animals including chinchillas, foxes, minks, and raccoons who suffer and die on fur farms. The Chinese fur industry remains completely self-regulated, which means that animals are kept in crowded, filthy wire cages, where they often engage in neurotic behavior and become sick or wounded. Fur farmers kill them by anally or genitally electrocuting them or breaking their necks while they are still conscious.

Is it true that some companies actually use dog and cat fur in their products?

Unfortunately, yes. The dog- and cat-fur industry is thriving in Asia. Most of this fur is falsely labeled as "rabbit fur" or simply isn't labeled at all. Dogs and cats are skinned in order to make companion animal toys, fur coats, fur figurines, and leather shoes, which are sold to unsuspecting consumers in America. Without conducting expensive DNA tests, it is virtually impossible to know exactly what kind of animal you are wearing if you choose to buy fur.

Aren't animals better off on fur farms than in the wild, where they can die of starvation, disease, or predation?

Animals on fur farms suffer so much that it is inconceivable that they could be worse off in the wild. The wild isn't "wild" to the animals who live there it's their home. The fact that they might suffer there is no reason to ensure that they suffer in captivity.

Is the fur industry as cruel as people make it out to be?

It's even crueler. Undercover investigations of fur farms around the world have found that animals are killed by anal electrocution, during which an electrically charged steel rod is inserted into the animal's rectum, literally frying his or her insides. Exposed broken bones, upper respiratory infections, and cancerous tumors were among the wounds and diseases that animals endured without veterinary treatment on one fur farm that PETA investigated.
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