Looking at a fur coat in a glossy
magazine or a store window, you
might not realize that animals were beaten, electrocuted, or even skinned alive for their skin. Are you ready to find out what
really happens in the name of fashion? Here are nine shocking fur facts that
will make you think twice about wearing the corpse of any animal:
Fur Fact 1: Electrocuting fur-bearing animals
anally and genitally is an agonizing slaughter method used frequently to limit damage
to fur. New York is the only state in which this inhumane
method is illegal.
Fur Fact 2: Eighty-five
percent of the fur industry's skins come
from animals who were captive on fur factory farms, where
they are crammed into severely crowded, filthy wire cages and later skinned
Fur Fact 3: There are no
penalties for people who abuse animals on fur farms in China, which is the world's largest fur exporter,
supplying more than half of the finished garments in the United States.
Fur Fact 4: One billion rabbits are killed
each year so that their fur can be used in clothing or for lures in fly-fishing
or trim on craft items.
Fur Fact 5: In China, more than 2
million cats and hundreds of thousands of dogs are bludgeoned,
hanged, bled to death, and often skinned alive for their fur.
Fur Fact 6: Fur
farms harm the
environment. One million pounds of feces are produced annually by
U.S. mink farms alone. One dangerous component of
this waste is nearly 1,000 tons of phosphorus, which pollutes nearby rivers and
Fur Fact 7: Fur
farms in the U.S. are the only
sector of animal agriculture unregulated by the federal government.
Fur Fact 8: After an animal has been slaughtered, his or her skin is treated with toxic
chemicals to keep it from rotting
and decomposing in the buyer's closet.
Fur Fact 9: One-third of all fur sold in the U.S. comes from animals killed in steel-jaw traps, which are legal in 43 states.
These traps slam shut on an animal's limb, which causes excruciating pain and leaves
the animal stuck and starving, sometimes for days. The conibear trap crushes an animal's neck by
applying 90 pounds of pressure per square inch, leaving the
animal to suffer for another three to eight minutes while he or she slowly
Surprised by these shocking fur facts? Sign the pledge to
go fur-free today! And tell your friends about the
cruelty of the fur industry by tweeting one of these shocking fur facts to them.
Use "@PETA" and "#9shockingfurfacts."
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