In Canada, over 3 million animals are killed each year solely for their fur. Fur-bearing animals are either trapped or raised on industrial, large-scale farms. Both methods cause immense suffering for an unnecessary product.
More than 75 per cent of Canada's fur comes from fur farms, where mink and foxes are forced to spend their entire lives confined to tiny wire cages, with no room to run, hunt or hide.
As a result, these fur-bearing animals routinely develop severe physical and psychological conditions, including deformed limbs, organ failure, depression, and cannibalism. Even death is not kind. Before their first birthday when their ‘pelts’ are ready for ‘harvesting’ mink and foxes will be gassed or anally electrocuted.
Trapping is an inherently violent practice that is as unnecessary as it is cruel. All body-gripping and snare traps are designed to hold or kill a wild animal who does not want to be caught. As such, many animals die trying to free themselves, as well as from dehydration, blood loss and hypothermia. Many animals become so desperate, they resort to chewing or wringing off their own trapped limb in order to escape, breaking teeth and bones in the process.
In Canada, regulations for trap checking vary depending on whether or not the trap is a 'restraining trap' (leg-hold) or a 'killing trap' (Conibear, snare). Generally speaking, trap checking times range from once every 24 hours to once every 14 days. As if this isn't haunting enough, these regulations are largely unenforceable, which means untold amounts of animal suffering goes undocumented and uninvestigated.
There is no way to ensure that non-target species – including domestic dogs and cats – do not get caught, maimed or killed by these traps.
Despite what many people think, the majority fur these days is used as trim. It can be seen on the hoods of parkas or as dangling trinkets on accessories.
One of the most commonly seen garments such as this in Canada is the line of coyote fur-trim lined Canada Goose parkas.
Finding products that do not contain fur is growing easier by the day, however, with programs such as Fur Free Retailer and individual designers and sellers like Mammoth Outerwear, Vaute Couture, Patagonia and Hoodlamb refusing to use the cruel product.