Animals Still Died for Vintage Fur

Posted by on March 15, 2024 | Permalink

As considerate consumers seek to make environmentally friendly choices, businesses are rushing to draw on sustainable buying habits in every area of the market – from energy-saving light bulbs to electric cars. The fur trade is now exploiting this shift by promoting the reuse of garments to conscientious shoppers who are unaware of the harm that second-hand fur still causes.

An ignorant (or arrogant) minority still promotes wearing fur – skin stolen from another animal’s back – including through the recent “mob wife” trend, which fails to note that the most iconic mob wife, The Sopranos’ Edie Falco, is a vegan who wouldn’t be seen dead in the cruelly obtained material.

Any fashion-conscious and compassionate person would never buy, wear, or promote fur, even if it’s labelled “vintage”. Read on to find out why.

Why Fur Is Always Wrong

Those who wear fur, whether new or second-hand, are promoting the torture of animals and supporting the flagging fur trade by acting as a walking advert for cruelty.

Wisconsin Fur Farm Mink Cage

Whether the animals were killed yesterday or 50 years ago, all fur sends the same unacceptable message – that it’s OK to torture animals and rip the skin off their back in the name of fashion.

In 2024, it’s high time people stopped draping themselves in animal skin. Go for faux furs instead. They’re modern, ethical, and reflective of the beauty of animals, without entailing the violent death of living, feeling beings.

The Fur Industry Is Cruel

We can’t take back the horrific suffering inflicted on animals for fur garments made many years ago, but we can prevent others from enduring the same fate by refusing to wear any fur, vintage or otherwise. Fur will always be a symbol of cruelty – nothing else.


Numerous investigations into fur farms across many fur-producing countries have documented atrocities, including animals with eye infections, sores on their feet from filthy wire cages, missing limbs, and festering, untreated wounds – some so deep that their brains were visible. Babies were kept in cages with the rotting corpses of their mothers, and animals exhibited neurotic behaviour as a result of psychological damage. After a lifetime of suffering, animals on fur farms are killed using gruesome, painful, and terrifying methods such as vaginal or anal electrocution, gassing, and poisoning.

What You Can Do to Help

If you know someone with unwanted furs who wants to clean out their wardrobe – and their conscience – the best thing they can do is donate their fur coats to PETA. We’ll use them in our campaigning work.

You can speak out against the killing of millions of animals in horrific ways each year for the cruel fur industry here: