Regarding Xpress’ article “Fur and Against” (Dec. 12, 2007), I would like to help expose the violent brutality of the fur industry. Whether a store markets fur coats or fur-trimmed garments, all fur represents needless animal mistreatment. An ethical company must draw the line at endorsing a product derived from extreme animal abuse. In a compassionate, enlightened society, there is simply no excuse for supporting egregious acts of cruelty.
Animals on fur farms do not receive even minimal protections. As the Humane Society of the United States reveals on their website (www.HSUS.org), the handling and killing of cage-raised fur-bearing animals is not regulated by any laws in the U.S., so the gruesome bottom line is that cost-effectiveness cancels out any hope of these creatures being killed humanely. Consequently, they do not receive even minimal protections. Many ranch-raised animals are anally or vaginally electrocuted. A metal conductor is lodged in the animal’s throat and an electric prod is shoved inside the rectum in order to transmit a 240-volt electrical shock. The conscious animal convulses for two or more minutes before he or she succumbs to the force of a massive heart attack.
To minimize expenses, other animals crudely have their necks broken, are injected with strychnine or asphyxiated with carbon monoxide from unfiltered engine exhaust. Animals farmed for their fur live as horribly as they die, confined in cramped, dingy, waste-soaked cages where many suffer or perish from dehydration, starvation, disease or self-mutilation.
Wild-caught animals are mutilated in steel-jaw leg-hold traps. Some chew off their own limbs to escape the pain. Others—on the trap line without water or food, sometimes for days—twitch helplessly until the trapper returns to crush, shoot, suffocate or drown them. Two to 10 times as many nontarget animals (dogs, cats, deer, birds, livestock) are caught in the traps.
Please, consumers, don’t support such barbaric and senseless acts of heinous cruelty to animals: Don’t buy fur or fur-trimmed items. And see for yourself the hidden truth of the bloodthirsty fur industry by checking out undercover video at www.FurIsDead.com.
— Kayla Worden
Western N.C. Regional Coordinator
Mercy For Animals