The fashion industry cheers and claims that not only does the elegant and the rich forget thair sympathy and use the fur coats again, but even normal earnering women will once again use the dead hides.
Note: Karakul lambs in Afghanistan and South West Africa are killed and skinned immediately after birth to maintain the curly structure of their fur. Even more appreciated are the so-called broad-tail lambs, namely, premature breeds of the Karakul sheep killed in this process.
Every child knows nowadays how much blood sticks to fur. Thus an extremely marked greed and vanity must drive those who are able to kill their own conscience when buying processed hides. But apart from the overcoming of scruples, other difficulties are connected with the purchase of such a vexed garment, for which so many animals had to be stripped of their fur: Where to wear it? Where can you afford to demonstrate what kind of child you really are? After all, this type of clothing is more than any other statement, for financial potency, power, and ravenous recklessness.
The training for American trappers recomends:
Break the animal's neck by placing a stick over it, standing on it, and lifting the animal body at the same time. Stun or strangle. Strike the animal with a shovel in the place between head and neck. Then place yourself on the neck of the animal and place your main weight on the place where the heart sits. This works especially well with foxes. Slay you. This is the most widely used method. The animal gets a few beats on the head with a hammer, a shovel or any other suitable device. The drowning is recommended for muskrats, beavers, raccoons and skunks. (Note: Investigations have shown that this procedure can take 18 minutes to death.) A rifle can also be used for most animals, except for muskrats.
The number of animals slaughtered per year is astronomical, because for a single coat many skins are needed (see box on the right). Apart from all the ethical problems associated with it, it must not be forgotten that the production of a genuine fur is very energy-intensive and that substitute products are not only more environmentally friendly but also provide equivalent cold protection.
- More information about fur at Peta.