You fail to realize that fashion designers, or any business that uses fur for product, very rarely (less than 5%) retrieve their fur from road kill or hunting. Methods used to kill animals for their fur include gassing, electrocution, and neck breaking. Some are also caught and killed in barbaric body-gripping traps.
Seals are the only animals that are actively hunted; being clubbed and brutally slain for their fur. The Canadian seal hunt is the world’s largest remaining commercial slaughter of marine mammal; almost a million harp seals were authorized to be killed between 2003 and 2005.
The types of fur used in fashion or other products are as follows: beaver; fisher; red fox; golden jackal; marten; mink; otter; rabbit; raccoon; sable; seals; skunk; grey wolf; and Australian brushtail possum. Please inform me when you hit a beaver while driving to work, or when “mink season” begins.
This isn’t a case of roadkill or hunting to regulate populations, except in the case of the Australian Brushtail Possum. They harm natural vegetation, and are legally considered a pest. But nothing suggests they are hunted for population control, and that their fur is turned over to businesses so it’s “crafted into something useful.”
This is about the fur industry murdering over 50 millions animals every year for product. This is about the fur industry being a threat to our environment and wildlife, contributing to higher energy costs, pollution, land descruction, and reductions in populations of wild animals, including endangered and threatened species who may be accidentally trapped and killed.
To answer your question, I am opposed to acquiring fur for product PERIOD and I would rather dispose the fur.
Actually you are very wrong. A lot of animals are still hunted in the wild for their fur, including foxes, coyotes, wolves, mink, bobcat, lynx, wolverine, muskrat, beaver, otter, rabbit and many more. In fact, many of the animals you mentioned aren’t commercially farmed at all and all fur products from them come from hunted animals, so you just contradicted yourself there. And yes, there is such thing as “mink season” along with hunting seasons for all the other animals previously mentioned. These fur trapping seasons help to keep the populations in check as well as providing a vital income for many people.
The fur industry is highly regulated. Only a certain number of each species can be taken each year to ensure numbers are not depleted. If numbers get to low than the harvest quota is lowered or stopped until numbers recover. If numbers are too high then the quota is raised. People who hunt and trap for fur make a living from those animals so naturally they don’t want to harm their populations or there’d be nothing left for them to hunt. As for fur farms, all their stock is captive bred and they actually help to take the pressure off wild populations which is a positive thing!
Fur farming and trapping have nothing to do with land destruction and habitat loss. That is primarily caused by agriculture and other big business. In fact, fur farming/trapping is far better for the environment than buying synthetic materials like faux fur which are made from petroleum which do cause vast amounts of pollution and land destruction as well as being non-biodegradable!
Also those killing methods you mention, they are all very humane and are approved methods of slaughter which have been tested to ensure they do not cause suffering. When done correctly they result in instant or near instant death and the animal will not feel a thing. Just because a method may sound brutal does not mean it actually causes suffering.
There are a lot of misconceptions about these methods. Electrocution, for example, can only be carried out on animals that are already stunned and unconscious. Neck breaking results in the dislocation of the spinal cord (so the animal looses all consciousness and feeling) and gassing simply sends the animal painlessly to sleep. Gassing is so effective, in fact, that it’s often used to euthanize small pet animals like rats. As for body grip traps, they break the spinal column and cause instant death. No suffering there. I suggest doing more independent research on these methods before immediately shouting “cruelty”.
To add to this, hunting and trapping actually supports habitat protection, it doesn’t cause habitat destruction. People who buy hunting and trapping permits help fund government organizations like my own state’s Department of Natural Resources, which then put that money back into monitoring wildlife and protecting fragile native ecosystems.