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Saturday, February 11, 2006

'Fur' all the fuzzy-wuzzies out there

Here's one from Cathy Goeggel of the AR-HI. Well, she sent it out, but it's originally from the PeTA. I'm just going to post it here in full. Just another example of ridiculous human behaviour, and our tastes and preferences , I'm afraid. Please go ahead and read this.

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This time of year brings out fur-trimmed coats, gloves, and scarves and even whole coats made of fur—all of which are a painful, in-your-face reminder about the callousness of cruelty to animals for the sake of "fashion."

If you're as disgusted as I am, and I'm hoping that you are, please read on. I need your help to get the message out to friends, family members, and colleagues—and even strangers—about what's wrong with fur. Furriers and their cohorts in the fashion industry are doing everything that they can to promote fur, and they're even disguising the species of the animals the fur came from or mislabeling the fur as fake.

When someone—anyone—asks you what's wrong with wearing fur, please tell them: PLENTY!

For starters, there is not a single law protecting the millions of animals killed each year by the U.S. fur industry. This means that it's perfectly legal to cram minks, foxes, raccoons, and chinchillas into tiny, filthy wire cages—where they stay for months or years, covered in feces and parasites and without proper food, water, or shelter from the elements—and then kill them by poisoning, gassing, neck-breaking, or anal electrocution as the animals scream and writhe in pain.

And it means that it's also perfectly legal to trap lynx, coyotes, and wolves in the wild and leave them to suffer, crying out in agony, for days or even weeks before stomping them to death or skinning them alive.

What's more, even dogs and cats are killed for their fur. PETA's recent undercover investigation into the Chinese fur trade revealed unimaginable cruelty. Millions of dogs and cats are bludgeoned, boiled, strangled with wire nooses, and bled to death before they are skinned for their fur. Imagine if your animal companion were stolen, killed, and then made into fur trinkets or fur trim for American consumers.

It's illegal to import dog and cat fur into the United States, but that apparently hasn't stopped the fur trade. The fur industry simply mislabels the fur, saying that it is from foxes, raccoons, or other species. China supplies more than half of the finished fur garments that are sold in the United States.

So if you buy anything with any fur whatsoever, you could be wearing someone's beloved dog or cat. With that in mind, when you're asked what's wrong with fur, please tell people that every fur coat, lining, or trim can represent the immense suffering of several dozen animals. That's right, several dozen—just for one garment!

With so many alternatives available to consumers, why wear fur? Why perpetuate the cruel abuse and murder of millions of dogs, cats, foxes, minks, chinchillas, raccoons, and other creatures? That's the real question.

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It's not even about what goes on in the US either. Every corner of this globe being infested with human beings has left the precious few animals on God's-once-green-Earth with an ultimatum: Be willing to be domesticated/harassed/abused/objectified/mutilated/etc or die out! Is this evolution? Is this survival of the fittest? Or is this something that the 'average Joe' should be able to decide for in favor of the animals, simply because all life is sacred?

But in its own way, the Earth seems to be dealing with the human menace by constantly challenging 'us' with new diseases and several insect species that 'we' consider pests...some dangerous ones too! And it doesn't matter who wins because life will go on...the whole point, or so it would seem, is about how to co-exist peacefully and with a minimum amount of pain caused to each other. Right? Or am I under the wrong impression about the whole thing?

Anyhow, let's just leave the cute 'n cuddlies the way they are, eh?
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