My parents gave me a black Chinese fur coat when I was about nineteen years old. It was a totally unexpected gift and I was extremely surprised and thrilled. It was a sleek, black, knee length, simple design with hidden toggles. If I used nonhuman animal proverbs, I would say that I thought I was the cat’s meow when I was wearing it. I wore it everywhere, along with my black leather knee high boots and most likely, a leather purse. I was disappointed when my coat simply wore out.
When I think back to how happy I was, I am understandably horrified that I once so highly regarded a product of such abject cruelty. That is the thing about being vegan. We can become paralyzed by what we once used to do-the simple unconscious acts of daily living that meted out untold cruelty, confinement and death to so many innocent beings. Or we can choose move past our past. We can acknowledge the cruelty in which we unknowingly participated and then we can celebrate the kindness and compassion and peace that arises when we live ethically and advocate for our fellow beings.
Advocacy, with clarity not condemnation, is my raison d’etre. When I leave this world, I want to know for myself that I did my best to protect and liberate those who suffer for our wants, not needs. Doing my best includes taking a long look at the pictures and facts surrounding the cruel industries that succeed in both fueling and satiating our learned appetites. This is tough for me. I can read the facts better than I can look at the pictures and videos and films and documentaries. But how can I inform people of what is going on if I cannot look at the damning and undeniable evidence?
So, although I do not seek out the pictures of our criminal behavior, I now look at them when they cross my path in social media and in the research that I do for this website. I encourage you to do same. It will change your mind about how you view the unnecessary suffering of these beings. In light of the recent charges in Quebec levied against the en slaver of farmed for fur nonhuman animals , I would like to share with you some of the facts surrounding the fashion fur industry.
“China produces 85% of the fur worldwide and has no animal welfare laws to protect animals.
Over two million dogs and cats are slaughtered each year , mostly in China and other Asian countries.
They are bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and strangled with wire nooses.
Their fur is often mislabeled as that of other animals and exported into the U.S, the European Union, and other countries.
Fur farmed animals are killed by gassing, neck breaking, anal electrocution, clubbing, trapping and injection with poisons so as not to damage their pelts.”
“Every year one hundred million animals are killed for their fur, worldwide.”
Fur Farms:“It is estimated that there are over 200 fur farms in Canada.
They are large scale industrial operations that confine foxes and mink in small wire cages.
Other farmed for fur animals include rabbits, chinchillas and raccoon dogs and bobcats.
These species, excluding rabbits, are not domesticated.
There are currently no laws regulating the keeping, handling or killing of cage-raised fur-bearing animals in Canada.
They spend their short, miserable lives trapped in tiny wire cages stacked together in long sheds, where they eat, sleep, urinate and defecate.
In order to avoid damaging the fur, animals are killed by gassing or anal electrocution.”
Farms around the world are no different as evidenced in these pictures taken in Finland.
Dog and Cat Fur:
The fur from slaughtered dogs and cats is exported to Canada and other countries worldwide where it is used in trim on winter apparel.
“The Canadian Textile and Labeling Act does not require the labeling of animal pelts or hides.”
This means that your fake fur may have dog or cat fur in it and even the fur of other nonhuman animals.
“Leg-hold traps (and other traps) remain legal in every Province and Territory in Canada (and in most U.S. states).
All leg-hold traps are designed to hold a wild animal until the trapper arrives.
Animals suffer from dehydration, blood loss, hypothermia and death.
Animals resort to chewing or wringing off their own trapped limb in order to escape, breaking teeth and bones in the process.”
Leg-hold traps do not discriminate. Other species including dogs and cats are regularly caught and die in the traps.
“In British Columbia, it is legal to set a leg-hold trap just 200 metres from a dwelling including a home or school.”
Annie’s Vegan View
Avoid buying fake fur unless there is a label declaring it to be so.
Donate the fur apparel you have to shelters for nonhuman animals.
Do your own research.
Now that you know the truth, please don’t look away.
Spread the word.
May all beings be happy and free.