Most people shudder at the idea of wearing a coat made out
of the skins of 120 dead minks, but what about fur trim? The fuzzy trim on your
cardigan, the tassels on your hat, the fringe on your boots, or even your cat’s
toy mouse could be made out of a sweet bunny—all the more reason not to wear
any fur. Rabbit fur is often cheaper than other animals’ skins, so the fur
industry is pushing accessories made from rabbit fur in an effort to seduce new
More Than a Muff
Rabbits are social animals who live with their families in
underground burrows called warrens. They can hop faster than a cat, a human, or
even a deer can run. Rabbits love nibbling on alfalfa, timothy hay, apples,
carrots, and crisp, green veggies, and they chew vigorously to trim their front
teeth, which never stop growing. They communicate through body language and
thump their large back feet on the ground to warn other rabbits when they are
in danger. They mark their territories just as cats do—by rubbing their chins
on twigs, rocks, other landmarks, and even each other.
People who have adopted rabbits from animal shelters know
that they are affectionate and loyal and love to snuggle with other rabbits and
their human companions. Rabbits are sensitive, smart animals with individual
personalities, just like dogs and cats. They make lifelong bonds with other
rabbits and humans, play with toys, and will even use a litterbox.
Factory Fur Farms
Like other animals farmed for their fur,
rabbits—who are fastidiously clean by nature—are kept in tiny, filthy cages,
surrounded by their own waste. They spend their entire miserable lives standing
on thin wires, never having a chance to dig, jump, or play. The methods of
slaughter are barbaric—their necks are broken or their skulls are smashed
before they are strung up by their hind legs and their heads are cut off.
also routinely slaughter dogs and cats for sale as "rabbit fur."
Because of the rampant false labeling of Asian-produced fur, it is impossible
to know exactly what kind of animal skin you are wearing if you buy fur.
With so many high-quality alternatives available,
compassionate consumers and animal-friendly fashionistas are sparing bunnies
and shunning skins by choosing soft acrylics, brushed cotton, and faux fur
What You Can Do
No federal law protects animals on fur farms, but you can
help them simply by refusing to buy or wear fur trim.
Top retailers including Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch,
Forever 21, and American Eagle have responded to consumer concerns and refuse
to sell rabbit fur. Unfortunately, other retailers—and customers—haven’t
realized that there is cruelty in every cuff and collar, so the bunnies need
To find great faux
fur items visit FabulousFurs.com and CoquetterFauxFurriers.com.
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