The fur trade

It is estimated that over one billion animals are killed every year to supply the demand for fur. Many different species are used in the fur industry, including mink, foxes, raccoon dogs, domestic dogs and cats, seals, bobcats and beavers, but it is rabbits which are killed in the greatest numbers each year.

Fur is predominantly used in the fashion industry where millions of animals are killed to make coats, scarves and other accessories. Once considered a “luxury item”, fur can now be so cheaply sourced, and more designers now see fur simply as another fabric to be added to items without thinking of the suffering caused to the animals from which it came.

How is fur produced?

Every year, millions of wild animals, including bobcats, coyotes, foxes, lynx, raccoons, and wolves, are trapped using steel-jaw leghold traps, body-gripping traps, and wire neck snares- all of which are inhumane devices that inflict great pain and suffering.

Historically, trapping used to supply most of the animals used in the fur trade, but in order to meet escalating demand, today’s industry now relies on the mass factory farming of wild and domestic animals to produce the majority of the world’s fur. It is estimated that 85% of fur now comes from intensive factory farms around the world, with an estimated 80% of global fur production now occurring in China where cheap labour and the absence of restrictive regulations make profit margins greater for producers. This has resulted in the suffering of tens of millions of animals each year.

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