Most of the millions animals slaughtered for their skin endure the
horrors of factory farmingovercrowding, deprivation, unanesthetized
castration, branding, tail-docking, and de-horning. At the end of
their short,miserable lives, they are stunned, skinned, hung upside
down, and bled to death.
Every time you choose to buy leather or furs clothes, you sentence
an animal to a lifetime of suffering.
The fur ads you might see in magazines and commercials portray fur
coats as a symbol of elegance.
But these ads fail to show how the original owners of these coats
met their gruesome deaths.
Millions of fur-bearing animalsincluding foxes, raccoons, minks,
coyotes, bobcats, lynxes, opossums,nutria, beavers, muskrats,
otters, and othersare killed each year on fur farms by anal and
vaginal electrocution and in the wild by drowning, trapping, or
Fur: A Personal Choice?
In the 21st century, people can choose to be cruel or kind. With so
many fashionable, comfortable leather and fur alternatives available
today, there is no excuse for wearing any animal skins.
Every year, millions of animals are trapped, drowned, and beaten to
death in the wild and strangled, gassed or electrocuted on fur
farms. This is not their choice.
If you really believe in the power of personal choice, you should
choose to spare animals from a life of misery on a fur farm, where
they are crammed and crowded into cages where they literally go
crazy in confinement, suffering every day until they are finally and
If you wouldn't choose to electrocute animals by inserting a rod
into their rectums, flipping a switch, and sending 240 volts into
them, literally burning their insidesif you wouldn't watch them
convulse, shake, and cry before dying of a heart attackyou
shouldn't wear fur.
People know about the cruelty of trapping and the suffering on fur
farms. Now there's simply no excuse for choosing to wear fur.
Genital Electrocution: A Real-Life Shock-Horror Story
Row after row of tiny wire-mesh cages, stacked four high and about
25 in a row, chinchillas peering watchfully through the wires, a
rack of pelts hanging on a far wall, and except for a radio playing
softly in one corner of the room, a morgue-like hush.
That's the scene that two PETA investigators found at a
fur "factory" farm secluded in a quiet, snow-covered town in
PETA's Research & Investigations Department sent two undercover
teams into fur "farms" in five states.
The investigators witnessed not only how animals live, but also how
they die in the seedy world of fur farming. One method they
documented had never been made public before: genital electrocution.
Little Animals, Big Suffering
During genital electrocution, the killer attaches an alligator clamp
to the animal's ear and another to her labia and flips a switch, or
plugs the wire into the wall socket, sending a jolt of electricity
through her skin down the length of her body. She jerks and
But, according to biologist Leslie Gerstenfeld-Press, although the
electrical current stops the heart,it does not kill her: In many
cases, the animal remains conscious. The electrical current causes
unbearable muscle pain, at the same time working as a paralyzing
agent, preventing the victim from screaming or fighting. A
chinchilla farmer who uses genital electrocution told the
investigators that he leave the clips on "for one or two minutes" to
make sure the heart doesn't start up again but that sometimes
animals revive and those who do remember the pain.
In front of the investigators, one rancher unplugged the animal,
listened to the heart and said,"Nope, still beating," and plugged
the cables back in for another 30 seconds.
Not Killing Them Softly
As one farmer observed, "Sometimes you'll get one that'll argue with
you." The chinchillas, like all animals, do not go willingly;
although they make no noise as they waitheld upside down as the
rancher attaches the clipstheir whiskers and mouths tremble
until the electrical charge freezes all movement. For the benefit of
our investigators, the farmer laid the animal's body on a table,
although normally, he said, he would just hang the animal by the
tail from a clip.
For small animals, neck "snapping" or "popping" is easy and cheap.
The owner of one farm that PETA visited wraps the fingers of one
hand around the neck of the chinchilla, grasps the lower body with
the other hand and jerks the animal's vertebra out of the socket,
breaking the neck. Neck-snapping takes just a second, but for "about
five minutes" afterward, according to one rancher, the animaljerks
and twitches. It might take two minutes for an animal to become
brain-dead from cervical dislocation; in the meantime, as shown in
our investigator's video, she or he kicks and struggles.
No federal law regulates the killing of animals raised for fur. The
methods vary from one company to another, but all emphasize concern
for the pelt, not for the animal. It takes at least 100 chinchilla
pelts to make just one full-length coat.
Suffering in the Wild
Animals like raccoons and foxes caught in steel-jaw leghold traps
the most widely used trapendure excruciating pain from the steel
bars clamped onto their legs, paws, and bodies. Some animals,
especially mothers desperate to return to their young, will struggle
to get loose, even chewing or twisting off their own legs to escape.
Animals suffer for hours or even days in traps before
trappers arrive to stomp on their chests or break their necks. The
trapped animal is left to suffer blood loss, infection, gangrene,
exhaustion, exposure, frostbite, shock, or attack by nonhuman
Other animals, such as beavers and muskrats, caught in underwater
traps can struggle for up to 20 minutes before drowning. Every year,
traps also cripple and kill hundreds of thousands of dogs, cats,
birds,and other animalsincluding endangered specieswho are caught
Fur industry: their news justifications
After a decade of lackluster sales and plummeting profits, the fur
industry is shamelessly attempting to justify its bloody trade by
claiming to care about indigenous people.
The fur wars of the 1970s and 1980s permanently linked fur, in the
minds of consumers, with the barbaric cruelty of steel-jawed traps
and the hideous cramped confinement of cage-raised furbearers.
With increasing numbers of compassionate people turning their backs
on cruelty, the fur industry now alleges to support the traditional
trapping lifestyle of aboriginal people. While some indigenous
cultures have trapped animals for sustenance, killing animals for
the sake of fashion and vanity is irreconcilable with indigenous
philosophies of respect for the land and the animals.
The Native/Animal Brotherhood notes that the fur industry is anti-
traditional and that the fur industry was a primary force behind the
historical subjugation of native peoples. Paul Hollingsworth,
founder of the Native/Animal Brotherhood states: "For 300 years the
native people have been tools of the fur trade. The fur trade took
our land, our culture, and our animal brothers. Once we were one with
Mother Earth and all her creatures. It's time we listened to the
animals' voices instead of trading in their blood."
According to Statistics Canada, only 3% of all fur available for
sale in North America comes from native trapping. Making an average
of $225 per year from the sale of animal skins, aboriginal trappers
are paid a pittance for doing the dirty, exhausting, bloody work of
an industry that cares nothing about the indigenous people and even
less about the animals. While the fur industry claims that
depends on trapping and the sale of fur, clearly, the continuation
of trapping as the sole source of income will keep aboriginal people
below even subsistence-level incomes.
DOG AND CATS TOO
An HSUS investigation has exposed one of the dirtiest little secrets
of the global fur industry: the brutal and cruel slaughter of
companion animals dogs and cats for the fur trade.
The investigation was a joint effort by The Humane Society of the
United States/Humane Society International (HSUS/HSI) and Manfred
Karremann, a German independent journalist.
Investigators estimate the annual death toll to be more than 2
million dogs and cats. And for what? For full-length and short coats
and jackets. Fur-trimmed garments. Hats. Gloves.
Decorative accessories. All made with the fur of dogs and cats. Dogs
and cats no different from our pets, cruelly killed to make products
sold to unwary consumers who generally have no way to know what
they're buying. Investigators followed the blood trail from the
sources. They witnessed firsthand the slaughter of domestic dogs and
cats, some of whom were raised on breeding farms,others who were
rounded up as strays, and still others who were obviously pets and
had probably been stolen. They documented fur sales at auction houses
in Europe sales attended by buyers from many countries, including the
Along the way they encountered killers, sellers, middlemen,and
buyers.And where did the trail of death end? With the fur-buying
public around the world, including the United States.
Like me, SAY NO TO FUR Join the millions of consumers who are
realizing that "hairless fur" is something we can do without. You
can choose from hundreds of styles of nonleather clothing, shoes,
Fashion should be fun, not grisly!