The amount of animal suffering that goes into producing fur clothing is horrifically unspeakable. For every fur coat, trinket, and bit of trim, fur animals were abused and ultimately destroyed.
Fur animals spend all their lives confined in filthy cages cramped on top of each other in fur farms. The farmers use the least merciful and cheapest methods to harvest fur, including electrocution, suffocation, and even smashing the animal’s skull with iron rods.
The United States import half of its fur from China, where dogs and cats are skinned alive for their fur. The animals live in the worst conditions imaginable until they are ultimately destroyed. Chinese fur is often intentionally mislabeled, so when you wear any fur, it’s impossible to know what skin you are wearing.
Outside fur farms, animals also get trapped in the wild where they suffer for days or weeks from bleeding to death, dehydration, infection, shock, frostbite, and brutal attacks by other animals. To catch animals, hunters would set up steel-jaw traps that smash the animal’s legs, often penetrating the flesh to the bone. Hunters also employ Conibear traps, which press the animal’s neck with 90 pounds of pressure per square inch, or water-set traps, which leave small animals like beavers and muskrats gasping for air for ten minutes before their demise by drowning.