ANIMAL UNFRIENDLY ATTIRE
Down, Wool and Leather.
To make a 40 inch fur coat it takes between 30
and 200 chinchilla, or 60 mink, 50 sables, 50 muskrats, 45 opossums,
40 raccoons, 35 rabbits, 20 foxes, 20 otters, 18 lynx, 16 coyotes,
15 beavers or 8 seals.
Eighty-five percent of the fur industry’s skins come from
animals living captive on fur factory farms. Life on a fur farm is
short and painful. Animals such as foxes, who would naturally roam hundreds
of miles, live miserable existences on fur farms in cramped
cages. They are killed by the cheapest methods available,
including anal electrocution, injection
of insecticide, hanging, gassing and suffocation.
10-20 million raccoons, coyotes, wolves, bobcats, opossums,
nutria, beavers, otters, and other fur-bearing animals are trapped
every year for their fur. For every targeted animal, two non-target animals,
which trappers call 'trash animals,' are also killed.
Trapped animals suffer for hours or days, before being killed by
trappers. Sometimes they chew off their own limbs in their desperation
69 countries have banned the leg-hold trap but it is still commonly
used in many US states.
You'll find loads of information, and also a fun three minute
animated video about fur at: http://www.fundforanimals.org/fur/
PETA's website www.furisdead.com
has shocking footage of animals skinned alive in China, the world's
number one fur exporter. The gruesome dog and cat fur trade is
And learn about Canada's annual seal slaughter at: http://protectseals.org/
DOWN feathers that plump many pillows and winter coats are
often ripped from
conscious, uncomprehending animals. Sadly for the geese, their feathers
replenish, so a goose will suffer plucking repeatedly during
it's life. Then, of course, ducks and geese from the down industry
are slaughtered. In the US, birds are exempt from Federal Humane
fibers now being produced are just as soft and warm as down so there
is no longer any excuse for this kind of cruelty.
WOOL, which always seemed such a benign use of
animals, now comes with a sad story. Factory farming has reached
the wool industry. Wool considered to be of the highest caliber
has not been exposed to the elements, so increasingly, sheep are
spending their lives indoors, devoid of pastures and even of sunlight.
Those living outdoors do not have easy lives. Their coats, which
should provide natural insulation from the cold, the rain,
and from the sun, are sheared away. Australia loses about 1 million sheep every year,
post shearing, to exposure.
Sheep used for wool are treated similarly to animals raised
primarily for food. They are castrated, have their tails docked, and have
strips of flesh cut from their hind quarters (to deter flies which
lay eggs), in a barbaric known as "mulesing," all without anesthetic.
Finally, they are used for food. Australia, the world's largest wool
exporter, ships the majority of its sheep to the Middle East where
after the torturous journey they are slaughtered by methods that do
not conform to Australian welfare acts. Please check out http://www.savethesheep.com/
to learn more about this issue.
LEATHER is usually a lucrative byproduct of the beef industry.
To wear it is to support that industry, to make it more profitable.
Plus many animals are killed for the leather produced - their flesh is
A sad irony is that because cows are revered in India, cows used
for Indian leather suffer the most. They cannot be slaughtered in
Indian so are taken out of the country on death marches that can
last for days, the animals receiving no food or water. Cows who
collapse during the march have their eyes smeared with chili peppers
and their tails broken in an effort to keep them moving
To find out more about the plight of cows slaughtered for leather
go to www.cowsarecool.com
ANIMAL FRIENDLY ATTIRE
not deck yourself out in a really animal friendly wardrobe? Moo
Shoes, in New York and on the web, has a great selection of non
leather shoes, bags and belts. www.AnimalRightsStuff.com
is terrific for humorous animal friendly shirts (such as the one
pictured, modeled by HSUS's Miyun Park), and www.feelgoodtees.com/
has loads of fun designs. We see so many T-shirts with corporation
logos -- Isn't it great to advertise something worth selling?