It will soon be illegal to sell fur products in Berkeley, California. Students are on the verge of having fur barred from the fashion program at Kingston University in England. Parsons School of Design completely cut ties with the fur industry. All of this is good news for the animals, and worthy of celebration.
The basis for all three movements varies, but centres around one universal truth: fur is inherently inhumane. Commercial fur is “harvested” in one of two ways: by use of traps in the wild, or through fur farms. In both instances, the fur industry applies highly subjective terms like “humane” and “ethical” to entice consumers and designers.
The reality is that no marketing spin can change the simple facts that animals don’t want to be caught and killed by traps in the wild. They fight, claw, and bite at traps that hold them, causing significant injuries to themselves in the process. Snares used to kill coyotes, often the victims of fur trim, have even been proven to fail to operate properly (and ultimately cause significant damage, stress, and cruelty) 80% of the times they’re used.
On fur farms, solitary animals like mink are lined up in wire-bottomed cages, row upon row, without accessing to the running water in which they’d spend up to half their lives in the wild. They’re fed paste, not live prey they instinctually hunt, and are eventually killed by anal electrocution or gassing.
These methods aren’t humane, or ethical, by most people’s standards. That’s why, when students, consumers, and politicians see the truth about fur, they make the obvious choiceto #MakeFurHistory.