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23 June 2008

Fur farmers often use genital electrocution to kill animals for fur mainly because it's cheaper than other killing methods.

To ensure undamaged pelts: An alligator clamp is attached to an animal’s ear, or a metal conductor is forced down the animal’s throat. A second clamp grips the animal’s labia or an electric prod is shoved up the rectum. The killer flips a switch to send a 240-volt shot of electricity through the animal’s body. The animal jerks, stiffens... teeth fall out. The animal convulses trembles and cries. The electrical current only works as a paralyzing agent. The animal remains conscious for as long as 2 or more minutes to feel the excruciating force of the massive heart attack. This particular process is also deemed “unacceptable” by the American Veterinary Medical Association because it causes animals to suffer from cardiac arrest while they are still conscious.

   1.  American Veterinary Medical Association,
  “2007 Report of the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia” - PDF

   2.  Photograph showing example of this fact

   3.  Fur Farms - Undercover Video Taken by Peta

   Facts: What Everyone Needs to Know About Fur - Video (Narrated by Todd Oldham)
Fur Farms - Video (Narrated by Stella McCartney) - Same as source reference #3
   Facts About Fur Production - Article
   FACT SHEET - Prinable PDF 
   Fur: Frequently Asked Questions  - Article
   Stop Wearing Fur - Campaign Information

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