It Looks Like Fur Is Toxic as Well as Cruel

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As if you needed another reason to avoid fur, a new study conducted in Germany has found large quantities of carcinogenic substances in the fur linings of some children’s jackets.

Toxic furThe researchers, who worked with Dutch anti-fur campaign Bont voor Dieren, examined fur from racoon dogs and coyotes lining six jackets made by Canada Goose, Versano, Woolrich, Nickelson and Airforce. Their findings were disturbing.

Five out of the six jackets tested contained substances such as formaldehyde – a carcinogen – and ethoxylates, which are known to disrupt hormone production, at levels well above those deemed to be safe. These chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and may remain in the body for years. Children are more vulnerable to their effects than adults, since their immune systems are not fully developed.

In fur production, heavy-duty chemicals have to be used to stop skins – which are, after all, part of a carcass – from decomposing.  Toxic substances may also be used in the dying process.

It’s deeply troubling that items intended for children are apparently laced with these toxic chemicals. But there’s no excuse for parents to buy their children items made from real fur in the first place. Animals on fur farms are kept in cramped and often filthy wire cages for their entire lives before being crudely gassed, electrocuted or bludgeoned to death.

China Fur Investigation male raccoon dogFur is bad for the environment, too. Another study found that the environmental impact of mink fur is five times higher than that of textiles. All in all, it’s clear that the fur industry is unethical on every level.

Please speak out if you see fur for sale by asking to have a quick word with the store manager. And if you spot people wearing fur, politely explain to them that they’re supporting extreme cruelty to animals.


  • Sue commented on January 15, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Not to the animal who’s supposed to wear it. So cruel

    • Pauline commented on January 26, 2016 at 6:11 am

      I agree Sue

      • Lorna Moran commented on February 25, 2016 at 9:14 am

        To wear fur is equal to wearing a badge saying “I am a thoughtless ignorant person”

    • Susie Rowles commented on January 26, 2016 at 9:52 am

      A vile practice. And we call THEM animals

    • Laura commented on February 22, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      How can anyone wear fur especially knowing how these animals are treated?

      It’s not on the the fur of wild animals, the fur of dogs and cats (especially in Korea and China) are used for gloves and other clothing items.

      This cruelty must stop

  • Gail commented on January 25, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Shameful practice

  • Mari Mcilrath commented on January 25, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    I don’t support animal cruelty on any levels and I find it sickening that some people thinks it’s ok for animals to suffer for their own fashion or eating habbits!

  • Linda White commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Linda commented on January 25.2016 at 16.06

    It makes me sick when I see how these defenceless animals suffer for the sake of ignorant humans.

  • Beryl Bluemel commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Disgusting practice.

  • CUMA PINEAU commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:11 pm


  • Angela fairbrother commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Disgusting. Fur belongs on animals, n animal should be killed for its fur, or skin.

    • shruti commented on February 1, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Should be killed?

  • Charlie ollie commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Fur is for the animal who wares it ……..

  • Paul commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I think that’s what you call irony! Hard to feel too much sympathy for parents whose children develop cancer when they make the choice to end the lives of animals to clothe them.

    • Ewelina commented on January 26, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      so true!

  • Carol Boardman commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Animals are not her to be used & abused by Humans, they deserve too live a normal happy natural life wild & free, not caged tortured & scared out of the wits

  • sheila godsell commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    just stop this you dont need real fur fake is best. and if humans wear it they have skin you would not want to wear a human skin , so why do they want to wear animal cover , its a cruel world and money is the thing that makes it so.

  • kathryn seibert commented on January 25, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Stop this horrible practice. Animals deserve better.

  • LILI Rasekhi commented on January 25, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Stop torture and killing of animals .

  • Michelle Smith commented on January 25, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    This is disgusting and unnecessary and needs addressing. Animals are not needed to make coats and people who buy them/ sell them are disgusting

  • Kelly Dunn commented on January 25, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Just barbaric!!!!

  • Cynthia Mattera commented on January 25, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Leave the fur where it belongs….ON THE ANIMALS!!!!
    Such a barbaric, cruel industry, that needs to be shut down 🙁

  • Stuart Davies commented on January 25, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Disgusting, uncaring humans inflicting pain and suffering on innocent animals to further their GREED gene. Asian countries are as bad as any.

  • Claire Hazelwood commented on January 25, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I cannot believe that anyone would wear fur knowing how cruel it is. Fur belongs only on the animal.

  • terry hodgkinson commented on January 25, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Fur coats should only be worn by the animal born with it Any person wearing real fur should be ashamed.

  • Janine Beier commented on January 25, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    terrible – stop killing

  • Angela Creek commented on January 25, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    There are greedy people out there who will do anything regardless of how cruel it is just so they can get rich.
    How can we get all countries to agree to ban fur farming at the same time and to stop it forever?

  • Elaine Christie commented on January 25, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    For those who are well ware of how these garments are made and choose to wear them, if they get ill tough luck I have no sympathy, only for the poor animals that are skinned alive!

    • Sue commented on January 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      I agree totally, and with all the other comments on here.

      • Heather Martin commented on January 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm

        I totally agree with all said here. But it is a good reason to stop using fur. Of course we cannot use other animals coats. And this is a good reason that will have a huge impact on the sale of these products.

  • pessoni commented on January 25, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Il est inadmissible que des parents fassent porter de la fourrure à leurs enfants. C’est honteux sachant la cruauté qu’il y a sur ces pauvres animaux. Voilà des parents bien peu soucieux de la souffrance animale. C’est lamentable ! Je suis outrée.

  • Suzanne Hale commented on January 25, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    I am no way condoning these farm but I did read that natural fur was biodegradable as opposed to that of the textile fur ie faux and although we all want the argument to be strong against cruelty, we still need to get the facts right, or please state why mink fur is bad for the envoiroment, as I don’t appreciate false misleading information.

    • Anne commented on January 26, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Hi Suzanne, if you’re interested you can read the full study about the comparative environmental impact of mink vs. faux fur here

    • Heather Martin commented on January 27, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Hello, Suzanne. Yes, I should think that most natural things are biodegradable. But that should not obscure the main thrust of the argument. We humans are also biodegradable but that is not a good argument for abusing us and using our body parts. I understand that, in some parts of the world, albino humans are used for various archaic ‘medicinal’ and ‘magic’ uses. The fact that they are biodegradable is, I think, rather irrelevant.

  • Lucia Phelan commented on January 25, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    its disgraceful what these criminals are doing, not to mention they are harming people and children, so good ridden to those who commits such cruel acts on these beautiful animals

  • Julie commented on January 25, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Who would allow their child to wear a fur coat? My daughter is 8 and knows that the only thing that should wear fur is the animal itself.

  • Diana Luzzatto commented on January 25, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I f you have no pity for animals, now you have a good reason to stop buying fur

  • Carol McIlwain commented on January 25, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    It is time all animal cruelty was stopped. I would never wear anything with fur on it because manufacturers cannot be trusted to make it clear what is real and what is faux. Stop killing animals for their fur and stop keeping them caged and ripping the fur from them !!!

  • Eve Patel commented on January 25, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    People who wear fur are ignorant or ugly or both.The fur trade is exposed,we have the internet to learn from,The animals do suffer for toxic clothing we get sick from.By not buying it we can stop the fur trade.

  • Ms. Nina FOSS commented on January 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Please stop the torture

  • Janice Lasota commented on January 25, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Ill definately speak out. I was told that all products in TK MAX/Home Sense branches are NOT real fur.

  • Rob Wardle commented on January 25, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    The only monsters in this world are human

  • Tricia McDonald commented on January 25, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    How do we determine whether or not the fur that lines children’s cheap jackets and also ladies jackets scarfs and gloves in the UK are made from real fur or from faux fur? Is it all really real animal fur or is it synthetic?

    • Anne commented on January 26, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Hi Tricia,
      The first thing is obviously to check the label. All the jackets used in the tests mentioned above were from brands that openly use real fur. However, as you suggest, it is possible that some fur which is labelled ‘faux’ could in fact be real. If you’re unsure about an item you’re considering buying, try parting the fur with your fingers – if it’s real, you’ll usually be able to see what is essentially the animal’s skin underneath. If it’s faux, there will usually be a material lining. Real fur normally feels much softer than fauz fur, almost like stroking a cat. If you have any doubts at all, leave the item on the shelf!

      • Tricia McDonald commented on February 8, 2016 at 5:22 pm

        Hi sue!

        I don’t by fur items at all because I know that a lot of the fur that lines clothing items and children’s toys quite possibly come from animals

      • Magda Palmer Cordingley commented on February 24, 2016 at 2:09 am

        Why buy fake or real fur Sue?

        Your children will still look like rich kids in clothing without fake or real fur, the difference being all people will know the children have parents who teach their children to be caretakers f the planet and all life on it.

  • Annica Isa Eriksson commented on January 25, 2016 at 8:47 pm


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  • J.Mitchell commented on January 25, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    That which is being done and inflicted onto these beautiful, wonderful and most of all innocent and defenseless animals, is so disgusting. It sickens me not just to the guts, but to my very soul!!!! This is quite definitely one of the biggest flaws of so-called humanity. I take pride in stating that I love animals – but there is ”nothing” whatsoever ”wrong” with that. I love and respect animals for the simple reason that I respect and value ”life”. Anyone who would hurt, inflict pain or kill (take the life of) an animal has absolutely no ”regard” for life. And there is definitely something very wrong and disturbing about these persons. Animals are living, breathing, feeling beings just like us – to which there is no real difference – except for just diversity. And so they should be respected as such – not abused and killed. All decent and compassionate people like myself are utterly horrified from the attrocities committed against these defenceless beings and want it to STOP!!!!!!

    • Heather Martin commented on January 27, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      I so agree with you. I love animals and am full of admiration for their open and natural ways of life. I fear those who are capable of such cruelty and will forever fight for the rights of innocent creatures. But never forget that we are many, and history has taught us that to continue to fight for right has an effect. So lets just keep going and enjoy the lovely animals that we have!

  • Margaret Scott commented on January 25, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I’m not at all surprised, these cruel people care little more for people than the beautiful creatures they cage for life then kill in the most tortous ways

  • Joan hampson commented on January 25, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Digusting practice stop this now we do not need animals to suffer for a fashion item .so cruel

  • Norah Herbert commented on January 26, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Fur is worn by beautiful animals & very ugly people.

  • Magda Palmer Cordingley commented on January 26, 2016 at 2:38 am

    In Australia the wives of flesh “Farmers” wear the skins of tortured animals without a shred of conscious. I’ve also heard these shameless women say “We love our animals, loo how happy they are in the open grass”. These woman personally shoot kangaroos and dingoes in order to cram more animals for live export on their land. Yet in times of drought and flood the tax payer has to support them if they loose animals!

  • Shirley Q commented on January 26, 2016 at 4:56 am

    I believe that the people that wear animal furs want the world to view them as people of wealth and stature. When in fact, they are not. These coats belonged to beautiful, docile, creatures that have not done anything to deserve the cruel and inhumane treatment mankind has instilled on them except to be born with beautiful coats, feathers, and skins. Couldn’t these people just visit a Zoo or National Park? Don’t they know that these furs are more beautiful on the animals of which they came from? Don’t they know that these furs don’t do anything for the person wearing them other than let the animal lover know that the person wearing dead animal fur is just a joke and the Real Person in envy?!

  • Christine commented on January 26, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Animals look beautiful in fur
    People look very ugly in fur

  • LINDA WEBB commented on January 26, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    HORRIFIC CRUELTY!!!! Unbelievable in 2016!!!!!!
    How can anyone want to wear fur. Fur belongs on the animals. They were created with fur we weren’t!

  • Janan commented on January 26, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    It’s just typical of certain jealous, hateful humans. Destroy something that is more beautiful than you and wear its fur as a trophy; a sign of your supremacy. All animal slaughterers should hang their heads in shame.

    • Heather Martin commented on January 27, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      I think the sentence should read: “All animal slaughterers should have their heads hung in shame” Make what you will of that. But I agree wholeheartedly with you.

  • Barbara commented on January 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Spread thin financially now. Wish I could. My help is spread further to Facebook.

  • Elaine Montgomery commented on January 27, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Just disgusting so so vile and cruel, I cant help but think about the people that can do this to such beautiful creatures wot is wrong with them!!!!!

  • Helen smith commented on January 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I can’t believe real fur is still been used in this day and age when its disgusting. There are better alternatives to rdeal fur. Animals are not ours to kill and wear so stop this barbaric practice now!!!:-)

  • Pascale Khoury commented on January 28, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    To any manager in the clothing industry,
    Please stop selling fur, you are being cruel to animals, therefore I will never buy fur from any of your stores, and if I hear that a certain store is selling fur I wont buy anymore from that store, and I will encourage my peers to do the same.

  • Brenda Muller commented on February 7, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Stop this barbaric trade!

  • Steave commented on February 16, 2016 at 11:54 am

    In a way, if you are going to eat the damn thing you may as well make use of the fur, if not leave the fur is wasted, as is the way of nature, get over it, humans are animals so we should live like them and make use of everything. We just happen to be very smart animals.

    And Rage you silly animal lovers!

    • Ruby commented on February 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Fur is rarely, if ever, a by-product of the meat industry. More than 85% of fur comes from intensive fur farms, where animals like foxes and mink are farmed only for their skins. Other fur comes from wild-animals caught in traps like coyotes and raccoons. You can learn more about the fur industry here:

    • Magda Palmer Cordingley commented on February 17, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Whose eating flesh? Only those who have no respect for their own welfare and the belief in sanctity of all animal life including your own .What an uninformed, moronic comment.

  • John Berry commented on February 20, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Disgusts me, just vanity!!!

  • Neil Stillwell commented on February 23, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I’m almost certain that, if asked, none of the people wearing animal furs would ever wish for this to happen to their skins. So why subject any animal to this barbaric act?

  • Betty S. commented on February 28, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    To wear fur or leather is to not recognize cruelty nor to care about the suffering of animals.

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