Winter is here and you know what that means... the good old fashioned fur jackets are coming out of the closet. It blows me away that these jackets come back season after season and more specifically the jackets with the fur trim collar. So many have purchased or will purchase a jacket with fur that I seriously have to wonder what happened to the idea of being unique!
Millions of animals such as cats, cogs, fox and raccoon are being brutally tortured (skinned alive, electrocuted, beaten) and killed for their fur. One does not have to look far on the internet to find the video footage and literature that will verify these truths.
OVER 90% OF FAUX FUR IS REAL!
We know that most of our clothing is manufactured in China, but are you aware that China has no law which governs what is printed on clothing labels? For example, a jacket labeled as being made with fox fur is often in actuality a jacket made of dog fur. Another example is that of coats, boots and gloves with fur labelled as fake or synthetic when in reality is real. Over 90% of faux fur is real.
50 million animals are killed for fur worldwide every year. Approximately 74% of that fur comes from fur farms. China produces 85% of the fur on the planet and has no animal welfare laws to protect animals.
In these fur farms, animals such as mink, rabbits, cats and dogs are forced to spend their entire lives breed and confined to filthy cages, constantly pacing back and forth from stress and boredom. They exhibit stress behavior such as self mutilation and cannibalism, demonstrating that intense confinement drives them insane.
Of the 50 million animals killed, over 2 million are dogs and cats. Investigators documented 50,000 to 100,000 cat pelts stockpiled at animal byproduct factories in China. At least ten dogs are slaughtered to make a single coat, more if puppies are used. Up to 24 cats are slaughtered to make one fur coat. Dog and cat fur is used in trims, linings, hats, decorative figurines, and fold remedies. Skins are used in dog chew toys and shoe leather.
My thoughts in closing
I observed one day at the mall how nearly every 5 in 10 people had a jacket with a fur trim collar. I thought if only these people knew what they were wearing! It's so important that we get this information out there.
I strongly recommend no assumption be made as to whether an item with fur is real or not. In order to truly verify authenticity, a fur analysis is required. My personal feeling is that even if it were truly fake, what a poor example it is to sport any clothing with fur. I would encourage anyone with a fur jacket to donate it to less fortunate.
Please choose to not wear fur.
COMPANIES TO AVOID:
BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY
MARC JACOBS INTERNATIONAL