Next Time You See Someone Wearing Fur or Fur Trim…
They sit next to you on the train, they walk past you at the supermarket and they might even work in your office – so when you see someone wearing fur or fur trim, it’s good to be prepared. It’s hard to believe, but many people don’t realise that the fur industry subjects defenceless animals to an agonising death in order to produce fur coats, collars, or accessories.
For example, for the fur trim on Canada Goose jackets, wild coyotes are trapped for their fur. They can suffer for days while facing blood loss, shock, dehydration, frostbite, gangrene, and attacks by predators. Mothers desperate to get back to their starving pups have even been known to chew through their own limbs in an attempt to escape. Animals who haven’t already died are often strangled, stamped on, or bludgeoned to death when the trapper returns.
Some people may think that if the jacket is “vintage“, somehow that makes it alright – and they need you to let them know it isn’t! With that in mind, we’ve created some business card–style information cards that give the skinny on fur.
So the next time a fur-wearer crosses your path, ask him or her if the fur is real. If the response is “Yes”, politely let the person know that there is nothing fashionable about wearing the skin of a tortured animal. Tell him or her that animals used for fur are anally electrocuted or have their skulls bashed in or their necks broken. Explain that millions of animals, including cats and dogs, are skinned alive for their fur – all in the name of vanity. And please, make it clear that saving animals is as simple as choosing synthetic alternatives instead of real fur.
Because animals can’t speak up for themselves, we have to do it for them. No matter how shy or inhibited you may be, always say something to people who wear fur. So the next time you spot someone wearing fur or fur trim, let them know what happens to animals who are killed for their skin – and give them a card if you have one.