This Friday, November 27, animal lovers and members of In Defense of Animals (IDA) and the International Anti-Fur Coalition will be educating shoppers around the globe about the cost of fur with their Fur Free Friday campaign.
This year activists will be coming together to show videos, hand out reading material and show consumers what fur farm cages look like. Over 100 anti-fur demonstrations are expected to take place around the world in an effort to educate people about the fur industry and raise awareness about the animals used for fur, which can include rabbits, chinchillas, seals, foxes, mink, dogs, raccoon dogs and cats.
According to IDA, “Over 50 million animals are mercilessly killed and skinned every year to make fur products. The victims of such violence are either raised in filthy, tiny wire cages for their entire miserable lives before being anally electrocuted or bludgeoned to death, or they are trapped in hideously cruel leg-holds and snares in the wild. Killing animals for their fur by any means or method is horrific and morally unacceptable.”
Inflicting this level of cruelty on animals in the name of fashion is indefensible, and also ironic because there’s nothing glamorous or fashionable about cruelty. Hear it from the Discerning Brute’s Joshua Katcher and Project Runway’s Tim Gunn…
There are ways you can help put this industry out of business.
- You can join an event in your area, just visit IDA’s events page to see what’s going on in your area. If you don’t live near an event, or can’t make it out, there are still ways you can help.
- Join the campaign urging Nordstrom to stop selling fur.
- Ask your representatives to support stronger laws when it comes to fur labeling. Consumers have a right to know what they’re buying.
- Write a letter to the editor or to a company that sells fur. Check here for a list of companies and sample letters.
- If you happen to be in possession of fur items, don’t throw them away! You can donate them to the Humane Society’s Coats for Cubs program. The furs in this program are donated to wildlife rehabilitators who use them to provide comfort to orphaned animals.