Investigators went inside of Chinese fur farms to ascertain the condition of animals on these farms, as China is the largest exporter of fur.
As with other intensive-confinement animal farms, the methods used on fur factory farms are designed to maximize profits, always at the expense of the animals.
Painful and Short Lives The most farmed fur-bearing animal is the mink, followed by the fox. There are about three or four surviving kits for each litter, and they are killed when they are about half a year old, depending on what country they are in, after the first hard freeze.
Minks used for breeding are kept for four to five years. Rabbits are slaughtered by the millions for meat, particularly in China, Italy, and Spain.
Once considered a mere byproduct of this consumption, the rabbit fur industry demands the thicker pelt of an older animal meat rabbits are killed at the age of 10 to 12 weeks. This crowding and confinement is especially distressing to minks—solitary animals who may occupy as much as 2, acres of wetland habitat in the wild.
Zoologists at Oxford University who studied captive minks found that despite generations of being bred for fur, minks have not been domesticated and suffer greatly in captivity, especially if they are not given the opportunity to swim.
Animals on fur factory farms are fed meat byproducts considered unfit for human consumption. Water is provided by a nipple system which often freezes in the winter or may fail because of human error. Pests and Parasites Animals on fur factory farms are more susceptible to diseases than their free-roaming counterparts.
Contagious diseases such as pneumonia are passed from cage to cage rapidly, as are fleas, ticks, lice, and mites. And disease-carrying flies thrive in the piles of rotting wastes that collect under the cages for months.
Video footage and photos taken by undercover investigators show animals suffering from severe infections and injuries, untreated and left to die slowly. Unnatural Habitats Fur factory farm cages are often kept in open sheds that provide little to no protection from wind or harsh weather.
Their fur alone is not enough to keep them warm in the winter, and in the summer, minks swelter because they have no water in which to cool themselves.
When minks learn to shower themselves by pressing on their drinking water supply nipples, farmers will modify the nipples to cut off even this meager relief. Poison and Pain No federal humane slaughter law protects animals on fur factory farms, and killing methods are gruesome. Because fur farmers care only about preserving the quality of the fur, they use slaughter methods that keep the pelts intact but which can result in extreme suffering for the animals.
Small animals may be crammed into boxes and poisoned with hot, unfiltered engine exhaust from a truck. Engine exhaust is not always lethal, and some animals wake up while being skinned.
Larger animals have clamps or a rod applied to their mouths while rods are inserted into their anuses, and they are painfully electrocuted. Other animals are poisoned with strychnine, which suffocates them by paralyzing their muscles in painful rigid cramps.
Gassing, decompression chambers, and neck-snapping are other common fur-farm slaughter methods. The fur industry refuses to condemn even blatantly cruel killing methods.
InIndiana became the first state to file criminal charges against a fur factory farm after investigators documented genital electrocution at V-R Chinchillas.
Undercover investigators videotaped Parsons using an illegal pesticide, Blackleaf 40, to painfully kill the minks.Industry Outlook. The U.S. leather and fur products market size was valued at USD billion in and is expected to witness significant growth over the coming years.
Increase in consumer spending across the country is anticipated to be one of the key trends driving the market over the forecast period.
"This report shows that China’s colossal fur industry routinely subjects animals to housing, husbandry, transport and slaughter practices that are unacceptable from a . The Fur Article Manufacturing industry profile contains key business statistics.
Market size, a fundamental metric of a market analysis, represents the industry's total sales volume. The industry's size results from the number of consumers and their demand for the product. The report is based on field and desk research carried out in and January It provides background information on the Chinese fur industry and describes and documents husbandry and slaughter practices.
U.S. Leather and Fur Products Market Share, Size & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Women’s Leather Handbags, Leather Luggage, Leather Personal Goods, Leather & Fur Apparel), And Segment Forecasts, - Inside the Fur Industry The Grievous Tortures Inflicted by the Promptings of Vanity Eighty-five percent of the fur industry’s skins come from animals living captive on fur factory farms.(1) These farms can hold thousands of animals, and the practices used to farm them is remarkably uniform around the globe.