Fur Is Dead Research Paper

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“Fur is Dead”

Taking a look into a once strong industry, shocking facts are revealed. The fur industry brings in an average of $1.5 billion in sales each year. Furs were considered a beautiful and feminine version of clothing by many women, until the public became aware of the horrors that accompany the industry. Activists have been a voice for animals tortured for their fur, making the public aware, and diminishing the old view of fur. Approximately 3.5 million fur-bearing animals are killed each year by trappers, and another 2.7 million are raised on fur ‘farms’. (1)

The fur industry is a ‘for-profit’ venture, meaning methods that maximize production
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This is a simple yet crude device, and has been banned in 63 countries, and four U.S states.(3) Greta Nilsson exposes the inhumane trap in “Facts About Furs”:
When an animal steps on the leghold trap spring, the trap’s jaws slam down on the animal’s limb. Dr. Robert E. Cape explains that “if the trap is properly anchored, the captured animal will struggle to get loose, mutilating the foot and causing deep, painful lacerations. Or the animal will attempt escape by chewing or twisting off the trapped extremity. Ten to 12 hours after being captured, the animal is still in pain.” After a prolonged time, he explains, “will suffer from exhaustion, since they expend such a great amount of energy in attempting to escape. With exhaustion, the animal suffers from exposure, frostbite, shock, and eventually death.(4)

Not all animals suffer that long, some suffer for even longer periods, and face further torture. When the trappers return (often days later) they, like the fur farms, use the cheapest methods possible to kill the animals, and whatever method that won’t damage the fur. The lucky few get shot, but the cheaper more physical methods of death are most commonly used. Animals are beaten, stomped to death, or the “Trapper’s Method" of standing on the animal’s chest and yanking their hind legs out, crushing their lungs. (5) The animals used for fur get this treatment, animals that have no value in

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