"Wolves develop close relationships and strong social bonds. They often demonstrate deep affection for their family and may even sacrifice themselves to protect another member of their pack.”
Please, never wear clothing made with fur. The animal brutally killed for that article of clothing was likely either a beautiful wolf, fox, coyote, lynx, mink, raccoon, or squirrel.
For more info on the cruelties of the fur industry, especially here in Canada, visit these informational sites:
howtoskinatiger, you want to debunk this?
I would but I’m rather debated out and I doubt the OP will care. So here’s a few links to previous posts I’ve made/reblogged on the matter instead;
Fur Farming Masterpost
Benefits of Real Fur Over Synthetics
Truth About Trapping
If any of my lovely followers wants to debunk the OP’s links in more depth then go for it!
Gladly! I’ll break this down link by link so as to deliver more concise facts.
On Fur Facts;
Fake: The fur industry often states that animals are ‘harvested’ because they are surplus, weak or diseased, but the reality is that they are targeted because they happen to be one of the 20 species in Canada (out of 140,000) that have thick fur coats.
Fact: The animals harvested by the fur industry via trapping and hunting have hunting seasons because they are surplus. Hunting and trapping seasons are open to regulate populations via culling, which includes weak or diseased animals, but also allows for the harvest of more healthy individuals to prevent overpopulation. This helps keep the ecosystem in balance ( If you doubt me, feel free to reblog this and I’ll set you straight ;) ) while also having the happy byproduct of fur for the fur industry. If you’re upset about the ‘waste’ that only taking the fur presents, please remember that carcasses left in the woods offer scavenge, and if they aren’t eaten, they decompose and send nutrients into the soil which helps plants grow, whiiiiich… you guessed it, feeds animals.
If you research, you’ll find that animals that do not have a surplus do not have hunting seasons! This is why endangered or threatened animals are protected by law in many, many places; because they don’t need humans to help regulate their population, they remain ‘off the list’, and I assure you, there are many species with thick fur coats that are protected by law.
Fake: There are currently no laws regulating the keeping, handling or killing of cage-raised fur-bearing animals in Canada. Regulations are entirely voluntary.
Fact: Here’s a link to regulations. Here’s another. And another. ‘Nuff said. The regulations being ‘voluntary’ all link to anti-fur campaigns, I could literally find nothing on them being voluntary on any actual government websites.
I would delve further into those links at the bottom of the Fur Facts page, but I’d end up tearing apart the entire website and ain’t nobody got time for that when there’s a wealth of other links to explore!
On The True Cost of Fur Trim
Fake: Trap checking times in Canada range from 1 day to 14 days where the trapped animal is left for the entire duration. They suffer hunger, thirst, and pain.
Fact: I did a little research and I found out where the trap regulations come from. While the information given on this site is accurate to an extent (It can be anywhere from one day to 14 days), what they don’t tell you is that the 14-day regulations applies to KILL TRAPS, ONLY. Here’s an excerpt from a government document explaining laws for trappers:
4 A holder of a licence, permit or other authorization to trap commits an offence unless that person examines the holding or non-killing traps he or she has set on a trapline at least once every 72 hours, the egg trap(s) he or she has set for raccoons at least once every 24 hours, and killing traps or killing snares that he or she has set on the trapline at least once every 14 days.
4 A holder of a licence, permit or other authorization to trap on private property commits an offence unless that person examines the holding or non-killing traps he or she has set on private property at least once every 24 hours.
4 It is an offence to trap a furbearing animal, and if the animal is alive when the trap is checked, fail to immediately release or kill the animal.
This means that the animals left for 14 days are dead. This means they are not suffering hunger, thirst, and pain, because they are dead. Unless they reanimate (in which case they wouldn’t be suffering hunger, thirst or pain anyway because zombies), they have ceased to function on the mortal plane and therefore are not being subject to any cruel treatment.
Fake: Leg-hold traps cause broken bones, internal bleeding, and gashed eyes.
Fact: Here’s a couple videos to demonstrate leg-hold traps being used on humans. You’ll note the complete lack of screaming, crying, or wails of agony, not to mention the fact that there’s no broken bones, internal bleeding or gashed eyes.
Fake: For every target animal trapped, up to 3 ‘non-target’ animals are caught and killed, including dogs, cats, and endangered species.
Fact: Traps have fail-safes! As demonstrated in those two videos, you can adjust your traps to only go off at certain weights. Snare traps also have similar fail-safes, and kill-traps come in various sizes to prevent non-target animals from being captured. The requirements for checking traps also make it more safe for ‘non-target’ animals; when a trapper comes across a trap with a ‘non-target’ animal in it, they’re required BY LAW to release it immediately. If in the event that a non-target animal is killed, they’re required to report it.
Fake: The fur industry is portrayed as natural - organic, biodegradable, and eco-friendly. In reality, fur is not only incredibly taxing on the environment, but also loses its organic and biodegradable properties after tanning and processing.
Fact: Money from trapping is used in wildlife conservation efforts. I’m not sure if this is the same for Canada, but in the United States, the trapping and hunting industry has put more money into wildlife conservation per year than PETA and the human societies, combined.
Without humans regulating population control on wild animals, let’s take a look at what would happen:
Let’s say people stopped hunting wolves entirely. Great, right? Wolves are awesome! And then they start overpopulating.
When a predator animal overpopulates, they start to overcrowd. This means that they need more room to hunt, and this means that the more wolves there are, the more prey animals get hunted. Which sounds awesome, doens’t it? It means no hunting is required! Woohoooo!
WRONG. The more prey the wolves take, the more likely it is that they’ll be fed enough to breed more. This means that deer are consistently being culled, while wolves are still breeding. Eventually, the deer population will get lower and lower while wolves are still populating. You start with 2 wolves and 100 deer, and end up with 50 wolves and 10 deer. See the problem?
Now, when the deer and other prey species start running low, what do you think happens? The wolves die off and things start to balance out again? Nope. They start going into human areas, they start killing livestock, they start encroaching on cities and they start killing pets.
That’s just one part of the problem. When you run out of prey species, what do you think happens to the plant-life? Oh, woohoo, no over-grazing, right? WRONG. Prey species are one main reason why plants are able to keep growing. They eat the seeds of plants and spread them around, they get burs stuck to them, they move around and spread those as well. When there’s no prey species moving around, plants are unable to spread, and thus begins the decline of plant-life as well.
This is why animal control by humans is important.
Fake: While it is illegal to use fur from endangered animals in Canada, the fur industry has a long track record of pushing to or near extinction.
Fact: While this is technically true, this happened long before people realized the impact they were having on the ecosystem and animals as a whole. Once humans realized the implications of over-hunting and over-trapping, regulations started coming into place that helped maintain the ecosystems rather than de-balance them. This is why there’s bag-limits on hunting and trapping now; each year, the bag limits change according to what the ecosystem is doing. A very simple explanation of this is: if there are too many deer, the bag limits go up. If there are too few, they go down. This is also why endangered or threatened animals don’t have hunting or trapping seasons.
Unfortunately, I can’t address the tanning or the economic impact because I haven’t learned enough about it to give a decent explanation of tanning chemicals and their impact on the environment, or the fur industry’s standing in the economy.
ON THE CRUELTY TRAP:
Fake: More than 75% of Canada’s fur comes from fur farms, where wild, roaming animals like mink and foxes are forced to spend their entire lives confined to tiny wire cages, with no room to run, hunt, hide, or properly socialize. As a result, farmed animals routinely develop severe physical and psychological conditions, including deformed limbs, depression, and acute anxiety.
Fact: While they are kept in cages, these animals do not generally develop physical or psychological conditions. Deformed limbs, depression, and acute anxiety would all lead to - you guessed it, poor fur quality! Animals that develop physical deformities would not be used for breeding as this will damage the product, therefore, they’re either culled or bred out. This is common sense. Acute anxiety and depression would also lead to poor fur quality, such as bald patches, sparse fur and short pile (fur length). Animals with mental conditions could also be dangerous to humans.
Fake: Animals who survive long enough for the trapper to return will be ‘dispatched’ by clubbing, choking, or stomping, so as to not damage their fur.
Fact: As far as I’m aware, these are archaic methods of dispatch. People are allowed to carry fire-arms for culling trapped animals; a single shot to the head is most common as it’s quick and doesn’t run the risks of not killing it immediately like clubbing, choking or stomping would do. Some still do those methods, but it’s fast becoming something that people look down on and won’t buy from if they find out that the trapper is doing it.
I’ve already covered the ‘no regulations’ portion of this link, so moving on to the next part…
Fake: “when an animal is caught in a trap not intended for it, or when it enters the trap at the wrong speed or the wrong way, it is often caught but not killed, and suffers excruciating pain until it loses consciousness or is found – sometimes after days”
Fact: Conibears (the trap in question, here) have various sizes that are used for various animals. They’re made to dispatch the animal quickly by snapping the neck just behind the skull. I’ve only seen one instance of an animal entering a Conibear the wrong way, and even then it had been killed instantly.
The Humane Trapping Standards listed there is actually a thing and you can read more about it HERE.
Moving on since I’ve covered a lot of what’s on this page already in previous explanations…
THIS VIDEO RIGHT HERE IS PETA PROPAGANDA. This was under heavy investigation and the findings were that PETA itself paid these people to mistreat these animals. PETA PAID them to skin these animals alive as a fear tactic to dissuade people from using fur.
Here’s some more information about it.
And here’s another article.
I’ll give a brief overview as to why skinning animals alive is ridiculous:
A: It can damage the fur. A lot. A living animal means a struggling animal, and that means more holes in the fur. That means more mess-ups when skinning.
B: It can damage the PERSON. A living animal will bite, scratch and struggle, which means that not only could the handlers of this hypothetical “living animal” could get hurt in the process of skinning by tooth and claw, but they could get hurt by their own knives. If you’ve ever handled a knife before, you know for a fact that to use a sharp-bladed object on something that’s moving would probably end in cuts to your person, shallow or deep. This could end up in hospitalization for workers (which means that the companies supposedly ‘supporting’ this practice would be out a worker), and this could also mean medical bills for said companies.
C: It’s inhumane. Go ahead and look someone in the eye and say you believe that everybody who works in the fur industry is capable of causing something living suffering like that. I dare you to say it. I dare you to say that ordinary people who wear fur support such suffering while maintaining eye contact. Go ahead and get back to me when you’ve done that.
AND FINALLY, ONTO THAT LAST VIDEO.
Okay, now, I’m sure you’ve noticed I haven’t even touched on the execution methods of fur farms. What’s all this about gassing, neck-breaking and electrocution?
Well, those are legit. They might sound horrible, but here’s the run-down on all three of those.
While this sounds horrible, it’s not. Gassing is essentially like euthanizing your pet. When the gas is applied to the creature, it basically just goes to sleep. Forever. It’s a painless and quick death.
I’ve done this one personally. When you break a creature’s neck, it dies. Instantly. The spasms you see after death aren’t it alive, the’re involuntary muscle spasms you see that occur after death. This happens no matter what - I’ve witnessed animals dying naturally, and they seize. Death isn’t just laying down and going to sleep.
They run enough voltage through the animals that die via electrocution to kill a PERSON. The regulations for electrocuting foxes is:
Electrocution must be carried out by placing one electrode in the rectum and another in the mouth.
• Appliance of electrical current should last a minimum of 3 seconds (FVE, E. Lambooy).
• A minimum of 110 Volts and 0,3 Ampere should be applied (FVE, E. Lambooy).
• The voltage and amperage should be monitored and electrical stunners should be equipped accordingly.
• Farmers should write up an individual, daily control report detailing their adherence to the stunning/killing procedures.
• The control of heart beats and the cessation of respiration should be checked for each animal to ensure they are effectively dead.
The regulations for chinchilla are:
Electrocution carried out by fixing electrodes to one ear and the tail.
• Appliance of electrical current should last a minimum of 60 seconds.
• A minimum of 0,57 Ampere should be applied.
• The amperage should be monitored and electrical stunners should be equipped accordingly.
• Farmers should write up an individual, daily control report detailing their adherence to the stunning/killing procedures.
• The control of heart beats and the cessation of respiration should be checked for each animal to ensure there are effectively dead.
Last but not least, here’s a decently informative article as to why electrocution works like it does, and why these animals aren’t being ‘fried’ or ‘cooked’.
I hope this is as informative to everybody who believes (or even those who don’t) the lies being spread around by all those links, and I hope this helps people win debates against people who sling misinformation around.