VIEWPOINT OF WHY THE FUR TRADE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO FLOURISH AND THE PROS OF CONS OF THE FUR TRADE
You will enter a pro fur website if you click here or on the image below. Explore why they promote selling and wearing fur. Below the image are pros and cons with links to more information. You decide what's right.
Making a fur coat or hat involves a lot of animal cruelty that cannot be justified. Many creatures have to die to produce just one piece of clothing, and each suffers greatly. Fur farms put animals like mink that naturally roam large distances in the wild into tiny cages. They are treated badly, often get injured or sick, and die painfully.
Fur farming is no crueller than other types of farming. An unhealthy, badly treated animal will have poor-quality fur, so it is in the interests of fur-farmers to look after them very well. In the past some fur farms were badly run, but modern methods are much kinder and there are strict rules about how animals are kept and slaughtered. And remember, these animals live a much better life than they would in the wild, being housed safely and fed regularly without fear of predators.
Other animals, such as seals or bears are hunted in the wild. Often they killed in brutal ways – baby seals are clubbed to death, animals like foxes are caught in traps which may kill them slowly over several days. Over-hunting can also put a species in danger of extinction. Just as the hunting of elephants for their ivory is now banned, so should the hunting of animals for their fur.
Very little of the fur sold in clothing stores comes from wild animals, but wild fur still has a place in the industry. Larger animals like seals and bear cannot be farmed. Instead they live active, natural lives in the wild, which should appeal to animal rights groups who dislike farming. Their life is quickly and painlessly ended by professional hunters – not the painful and long-drawn out death from starvation, disease or wounds that is normal for wild animals. And many of these animals would be killed anyway to control their numbers – seals take fish that fishermen need to earn a living, bears can be a menace near towns. So why not make use of their fur? Fur also gives a species value so that hunters will make sure that enough animals are left to breed for the future, and that their environment is not destroyed.
It is wrong to exploit animals unnecessarily. We should see that they have rights just as people do and that we cannot morally justify making them suffer and die unnecessarily. No one has to wear fur today – there are plenty of man-made options now that our stone-age ancestors didn’t have. And just because people wore fur in the past, it doesn’t mean that we should still do so. Lots of things that used to happen, like slavery, child labour, bear-baiting and cock-fighting, are now seen as cruel and have been banned. Selling and wearing fur should go the same way.
CHEF AND BRITISH TELEVISION CELEBRITY MERRILEES PARKER
EXPLORES FUR FARMING IN DENMARK
"When humans raise animals, they have a responsibility to provide for their welfare and prevent unnecessary suffering. In North America, mink, foxes and chinchillas are raised on farms, but mink are by far the most important in term of numbers. While providing animals with humane care is an ethical obligation for all livestock farmers, it also makes good business sense since the healthiest animals produce the finest furs." SOURCE: http://www.furisgreen.com/animalwelfare.aspx
I still am against wearing fur. It goes to my ideology that humans must rethink their whole concept of how they traditionally have treated animals. An excerpt of my opinion from an earlier blog:
"A new breed of human must emerge out of the greater understanding that indisputably exists about how animals truly "feel" and how they experience a wide range of emotions and pain. Their experiences are as important to them as ours are to us. Their wants in life are much the same as ours. They want food, shelter, good health and happiness. They don't want to be hit, hurt, injured, used and abused. But without an immediate paradigm shift in the way humans regard them, animals needlessly and shamefully suffer unimaginably egregious pain at the hands of their human handlers and guardians. Human ignorance and greed must begin to spur outrage and ultimately be wholly unacceptable by the masses."
I don't think animals should be killed for food or fur. I grew up eating elk and deer meat every year. My father was an avid hunter and I helped pack out the meat after his successful hunts. He cleaned and packaged his own animals. I was raised to fly fish from the time I was three. I had my own fly rod at the age of 5. I've been on both sides of the issue, and what feels right to me now is being vegetarian and heading toward being a vegan. To me, it feels healthy in mind, body and soul. I try not being too radical in my blogs because that doesn't serve a good purpose. Who wants to hear anyone rant? People need to be introduced to new ways of thinking, and of living, at a pace that is doable and one that resonates with them. I hope to plant seeds of thought for bringing the kind of change I think will make all life happier on this planet.
"Ask not what an animal can do for you; ask what you can do for an animal." Jasper
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." ~Alice Walker
The source of the quote is Walker's preface to Marjorie Spiegel's 1988 book, "The Dreaded Comparison" . Her next sentence was, "This is the gist of Ms. Spiegel's cogent, humane and astute argument, and it is sound."
"I was so moved by the intelligence, sense of fun and personalities of the animals I worked with on (the movie) Babe that by the
end of the film I
was a vegetarian."
~ James Cromwell