The truth about fur is disgusting, inhumane, appalling and downright morbid, to say the least. There are no penalties for abusing animals on fur farms in China, which is the world’s largest fur exporter, supplying more than half of the fur garments imported for sale in the United States. Killing methods are extreme, unnecessary, and gruesome and there is no federal humane slaughter law that protects animals in fur factory farms. “Undercover investigators from Swiss Animal Protection/EAST International found that many animals are still alive and struggling desperately when workers flip them onto their backs or hang them up by their legs or tails to skin them. When they begin to cut the skin and fur from an animal’s leg, the free limbs kick and writhe. Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals that struggle.” It is reported that animals are so full of fear and anxiety they self-mutilate their own limbs and throw themselves against cage bars.
Diseases spread like wild fire and injuries are ceaseless. “When investigators went into another animal market in southern China, they were horrified to find dogs and cats being bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and strangled with wire nooses. They found cats and dogs languishing in tiny cages, visibly exhausted. Some had been on the road for days, transported in flimsy wire-mesh cages with no food or water.” Aside from the atrocious inhumane aspects of the fur industry, it is also incredibly unsustainable. “The amount of energy needed to produce a real fur coat from ranch-raised animal skins is approximately 20 times that needed to produce a fake fur garment. Nor is fur biodegradable, thanks to the chemical treatment applied to stop the fur from rotting. The process of using these chemicals is also dangerous because it can cause water contamination." The bottom line is that fur production destroys the environment and destroys the lives of innocent animals.
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