The Fur Trade

  “Fur coats are worn by beautiful animals and ugly people” Bontvoordieren

It has come to my attention how alarming the fur trade has increased in popularity once again. In the 1990’s the Fur trade decreased in size due to campaigns of activists but has made a comeback in recent years.

The global production of the Fur trade has doubled in size since the 1990’s. This staggering statistic certainly chilled me. I have a strong opinion against the Fur Trade. I believe that killing animals for fashion is disgusting. Fur does not need to be produced purely for the purpose of making expensive coats or handbags, humans have no need for that luxury only desire and vanity.

Another factor of outrage for me personally is that endangered animals are still being captured and skinned, even after all the awareness activist worked hard to provide. For example, the Tiger or Clouded Leopard (with only 70 species left in the wild) and many more endangered animals. As well as poaching endangered animals, the Fur Trade is putting other animals at risk. Fur seals and otters are both small examples of the detrimental effect of the Fur Trade. On account of this, an extortionate amount of animals are held captive and killed.

Although the Fur Trade still persists and grows, the way animals are kept in many slaughterhouses has dramatically improved and has even become banned in some places. This is a very good improvement but still does not give the Fur Trade an excuse to be allowed to happen. However many countries, still, unfortunately, have horrible conditions in which the animals that are captured have to stay in for long periods of time before being killed and skinned. In some of the normal cases, captives are kept in tiny cages, cramped all together in barns or huts, with no drainage of excrement or constant water and food supply, the improvement some slaughterhouses have made is extremely noticeable once compared. For instance, the way animals die has changed in some places from being inhumanely killed and skinned bloodily, to machinery using carbon monoxide to kill the animals in 1 minute painlessly and then be taken to be skinned easily, all in one. Owners of some slaughterhouses want the best for their animals there for providing water 24 hours a day and food is supplied in a more nutritious way and have toys to help stimulate the animals.

These changes have given both myself and activists a very small hope that more things can be done to improve and one day fully end the Fur Trade.

Some thoughts and concerns have come from the future perspective of the Fur Trade. People (who are mainly involved in the Fur Trade industry) are now demanding that fur is just another type of clothing item to be hung up in shops and proudly worn. However, a worry within the industry is that later on in the future people will start to learn about the terrible conditions of animals used in the Fur Trade, leading customers, when buying products, to start asking how and where they were produced, or may not buy them at all. This has brought on the inspection of animal welfare officers in a few countries, checking the welfare and safety of animals and the process’s that are used.

Minks are one of the most popular animals used in the fur trade. There was 84 million pelts produced globally in 2015 alone, which is the highest amount ever produced since 1950. In 2013 Caimans along with their, much more expensive, relatives Alligators and Crocodiles have collectively produced 1.9 million skins.  Many slaughterhouses keep these animals in small pools with concrete surroundings from the age of birth til the time they reach 4ft long and become aggressive towards each other.

Sadly I cannot balance this argument because there are no positives to this situation for the animals. The only benifices are humans who gain grande clothing items. I hope people still feel the same way as I do about the Fur Trade and that it is still possible to end or decrease the Fur Trade as much as we can.

Thank you very much for reading.

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