This Video Shows Why No One Should Ever Buy Fur
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) just released footage obtained during a two-month investigation at Dillenburg Fur Farm, LLC, in Shawano County that uncovered the brutality behind garments that are marketed as environmentally friendly, fashionable and luxurious when they’re anything but.
According to PETA, at the time of the investigation the farm housed an estimated 2,500 mink and 100 foxes, who were kept in wire cages in deplorable conditions surrounded by their own excrement before being killed. Attempts to clean things up meant spraying cages with a high-pressure washer with animals still inside. Many were also left to suffer with obvious injuries and no veterinary care. PETA described the end for these animals witnessed by an investigator in a statement, writing:
Workers grabbed terrified, screaming minks by their sensitive tails, crammed them into this metal drum, and pumped it full of dirty gas from a running engine, crudely suffocating them en masse. The farmer broke the neck of one mink who had survived the gassing. Another mink survived for 20 minutes before finally dying.
These animals are left with nowhere to hide and no way to engage in any natural behaviors for their short miserable lives.
Warning: The video below contains graphic footage.
Sadly, in the U.S. animals on fur farms are left without protection from the Animal Welfare Act and the Humane Slaughter Act and are exempt from most state anti-cruelty laws. There are also no rules about how these animals should be housed or cared for, but a need for regulations is beside the point because there aren’t any that can be conjured up to make this industry humane or acceptable. Furbearing animals, whether they’re farmed or trapped in the wild, just need us to stop buying their fur. Even supporting faux fur sends the message that fur is fashionable, and has created numerous problems regarding mislabeled items that are real.
Unfortunately, the issues seen here aren’t isolated to a single fur farm in Wisconsin or to the U.S. Multiple investigations around the world have exposed the cruelty inherent in the fur industry, while animal advocates have continued to call for nationwide bans. There have been some victories with bans, and many retailers and designers have pledged to go fur free, but more clearly needs to be done.
PETA is now calling for local law enforcement to launch a criminal investigation into the Wisconsin farm and is more importantly asking people to pledge never to wear fur.
How to Help
For more info on how to help furbearing animals check out PETA’s full investigation, Furbearer Defenders‘ campaign to Make Fur History and find ethical stores that have formally pledged not to sell fur at Fur Free Retailer.
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