Illegal Fur Trade

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The Illegal Fur Trade: A Modern Day Cruella DeVille

If someone hears about puppies being caught to make coats for fashion they might think about the Disney villian ‘Cruella DeVille’ and probably not stop to entertain the thought that it just might be true. Well, it is. The fur trading industry is alive and kicking every day and every night. All types of animals are being murdered to make fur, from regal tigers to little hamsters and, most horrifyingly, domesticated cats and dogs. Some animals have even become endangered by fur trading companies and are getting pushed closer and closer to extinction. The animals are horribly treated from the day they are born untill the day they are slaughtered by the fur farms all around the world. Many countries have taken out bans and laws to prohibit the act of fur farming and/or trading, but it still happens and there are even loop-holes that countries are finding in order to sell their furry product. The fur industry breaks many of the laws are harldy ever reprimanded. They even go as far as to mislabel the fur they produce so it stays withn the boundaries of the law. Many things can be done to take action against the fur companies and PETA is leading that race and has already accomplished a lot. The production of fur is a literal waste of energy and most importantly it is morally wrong and incredibly cruel; just overall deplorable.

‘Fur farming’ as it is called is taking place all over the world. China is the main producer of fur, with most of the fur farms being established within the past ten years. (Mass, Barbara, et al. 5) Other countries that produce fur are mainly Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Holland, but India, Canada, and most Eastern countries also produce fur. ("Fur farming.") In more detail; 73% of fur farms are in Europe, 12% in North America, and the other 15% are spread thoughout the rest of the wolrd, including Argentina, and Russia. (“Fur Farming”) The conditions of the furs are nightmareish and almost too horrible to believe. On the fur farms in China, the animals are kept in rows of mesh wire cages that are around 35 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 24 inches high; some are much smaller. This may seem fine, except the foxes kept in those cages are an average of 27 inches long. (Mass, Barbara, et al.7) The farms breed the animals and usually slaughter them around six months of age. (Mass, Barbara, et al. 7) Many farms primarily are used as ‘baby factories’ and breed the animals by force breeding, but mostly by artificial imsemination since in some breeds of animals, the mating seasons do not overlap. Farms try to morph the colors of the animals, mainly foxes, into a specific coolor they are looking for, which is also done by artificial insemintation. Artificial insemination can be very difficult. A source in Finland says “precise timing is needed if the female is not to be hurt. If heat detectors and insemination devices are used too early, injuries result. Too high a voltage in the heat detection device causes convulsions. Lack of hygiene and ripping of membranes are reported to have resulted in thousands of deaths. Sperm collection is an unpleasant procedure with foxes struggling to get away and damaging their teeth on tongs. The same donor can be used several times a week.” (Mass, Barbara, et al. 11) Small scale farms are mostly family owned and hold a few hundred animals, and medium scale farms are run by 10 to 15 workers and hold up to a few thousand animals. The large scale farms, however, employ 50 to several hundred workers and sometimes hold up to 35,000 animals. (Mass, Barbara, et al. 6) Many cruel methods are used to kill the animal without ruining the pelt, which will be discussed in the next paragraph. Once the furs are ‘harvested’ they are shipped out all across the world, with 80% to Europe, USA, and Japan. (Mass, Barbara, et al. 7) The fur farms make quite a profit; a live fox is sold for around US$50 and a coat sells for US$3,000.

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