A winters unfur tail
Fur-real: Winter’s love of fur is making us wince.
A fox uncannily caught in a trap. The animal will suffer a slow death as a result.
Do you wear fur or faux-fur? We have a choice, they don’t.
Animals have been the target of winter fashion since time immemorial. What began as necessity, is now a choice we make about whether we want to own and wear the fur of an animal that could have been skinned alive for the purpose.
There are things wild animals should never become: rugs, boots, accessories: hats, muffs, and coats, to name just a few. As human’s we have a habit of placing ourselves on the top of a hierarchical pyramid. This means our sense of importance can manifest itself through and cruel practises in the name of vanity, and the fur-trade is no exception.
Today, there are a number of organisations that campaign against the fur-trade. Four Paws was founded in 1988 in Austria to campaign against fur and battery farmed eggs. In 1994 it became an international organisation and now operates in 9 European countries.
Fur-real fact file:
- 85% of fur is from fur farms
- 15% from hunting, this often involves traps (above)
- In 2009 100 million animals were kept and killed for fur
- Fur-farms exist mainly in Europe and China
- More than 7200 fur-farms in Europe, predominantly in Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands
- Europe produces 35 million mink furs, 2 million fox furs annually
- UK banned fur farming in 2002*
- Fur can still legally be sold in the UK*
- Profit and vanity drive the fur-trade*
The animals used to make fur are kept in appalling conditions. Battery farmed and crammed into tiny cages, the animals exist in a state of constant frustration. Animals are electrocuted, gassed or injected with poison before their fur is harvested. (Four Paws). They suffer enormously to become a coat, a bag, a hat. Animals that roam in the wild and caught by traps suffer equally. The trap will not kill the animal instantly, merely they ‘fight for their life’ before succumbing to death through exhaustion, hunger, thirst or from the injury itself.
If we were to name and shame one celebrity who fashions fur without remorse, we would mention Kate Moss. Kate Moss- fashionista and style icon the world over and is regularly referenced in world-renowned fashion ‘Bible’s, Marie Clare, Cosmopolitan and Vogue -whose editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour is also a fur-loving junkie- depict Moss clad in an array of animal coats. Judging by pictures, it is as if Moss has single-handedly ordered the slaughter of an entire Safari park. Moss is clearly unconcerned by the preoccupations of Four Paws, the WWF or PETA; the latter actively name and shame her as a famous fur-loving perpetrator. Celebrities can inadvertently endorse fur while others actively support anti-fur campaigns (see below).
Images support powerful campaigns. A picture is worth a thousand words and no right-minded person would advocate senseless cruelty. If consumers of fur saw images or watched screenings that told the story of the fur-trade, would they still buy it? If you are interested in wearing fur free fashion, click the link to find out which retailers have taken a stance against the fur-trade.