Facts about Fur Production
Campaign to Stop Wearing Fur from All-Creatures.org Animal Rights Activism Campaigns

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• 40 million animals—chinchillas, foxes, minks, sables, beavers, rabbits—are bred for fur and killed on fur “farms” or ranches.

• Using the most cost-effective products and methods, these facilities are little more than rows of tiny, wire cages, stacked atop each other, in an open shed.

• Animals live their entire lives intensively confined in cages with rusty food cans and piled feces.

• Animals are denied all natural behaviors—such as burrowing or digging—and suffer severe psychological stress: constant pacing, self-mutilation, infanticide.

• Animals are inbred for specific colors, causing severe abnormalities: deafness, crippling, deformed sex organs, screw-necks, anemia, sterility, nervous system disturbances.


GENITAL ELECTROCUTION: 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 2 or more minutes to feel the excruciating force of massive heart attack.

NECK SNAPPING: Cervical dislocation is used with small animals because it is easy and cheap. The killer wraps 1 hand around an animal’s neck, grasps the animal’s lower body with the other, and jerks the vertebra out of the socket. After the neck is broken, it takes up to 5 minutes for the animal to die.

LETHAL INJECTION: Fur farmers cannot use sodium pentobarbital, the drug used to euthanize companion animals, because it is a legally controlled substance only available to veterinarians or licensed professionals. It is extremely expensive and not used for animals raised for fur. Fur-bearing animals are injected with: chloral hydrate, magnesium sulfate, nicotine sulfate (often in the form of a pesticide) diluted with rubbing alcohol.

GASSING: Carbon monoxide is commonly derived from hot, unfiltered engine exhaust. Animals such as minks, who are good swimmers and can hold their breath for long periods, often awaken from the gas to be skinned alive.

Raccoons, coyotes, nutria, muskrats, foxes, bobcats, lynxes... If the animal is not initially crushed by the trap, 1 out of 4 will chew a leg off to escape and later die of blood loss or infection. For every “target” animals caught in traps, 2 to 10 times as many “trash” animals—dogs, cats, deer, squirrels, birds—are maimed and left to die.

Trappers use the following techniques to kill animals found in their traps:

Clubbing & the Death Stomp: Trappers, who often don’t check traps for days, use the “death stomp” to literally crush still living animals caught in the traps.

Strangulation: Strangled by snare.

Drowning: Drowned after caught in a leg-hold or body-crushing trap.

Shooting: Shot after suffering in metal jaws of trap for hours to days.

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