Fur Farms, Faux Fur, and the Fashion Industry

Fur and Faux fur have been an ongoing trend since 2014. The fashion trend has been gaining popularity at an extreme height during 2017 and is continuing over into 2018.

Coats, vests, stoles, boots, purses, bags and earmuffs are all over runways, magazines, and social media. Faux fur and fur is popular among trend savvy celebrities, models, and fashionistas alike.

Almost all fur in the fashion industry is from fur farms. Fur farms have terrible living conditions for animals. Every year more than 50 million animals are killed for their fur. Types of animals vary from minks, foxes, chinchillas, coyotes, opossums, Asiatic raccoons, bobcats, beavers, lynxes, seals, weasels, cats, dogs, and more. Many animals, such as the Arctic Fox are genetically modified to fatten them up (hence more fur). These animals can barely walk and their legs often break by the weight of their body.

courtesy of creative commons Animals are put into small, wire cages, with extremely limited living space. Fur farms do not let the animals roam around, preventing the animals from living a normal, healthy lifestyle.  It’s not unusual for animals to chew off their tails, fur, or feet from being stir-crazy. The cages are close together in filthy barns where the spread of disease is common.

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Animals trapped in the wild often chew off their legs in order to escape. Some escape, but most are stuck in the trap for days without food or water. Once found, the animals are beaten and taken to fur farms.

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As you can see, the bobcat is blatantly showing fear.

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PETA reports that animals are tortured by being awake or unconscious while being skinned, electrocuted, poisoned with strychnine, and have their necks broken. Lethal gas is also used as a killing method while the animals are trapped in cages. Animals have rods or clamps on their mouths, vaginas, or anuses during  genital electrocution.

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Research from National Geographic and Oxford Academic show that animals are capable of having several emotions such as: Happiness, sadness, fear, love, embarrassment, empathy and more. Animals also sense when they are next in line to die.

Click the image below to see a video of this cow crying (it has a happy ending):

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Here is a video of how animals are treated on fur farms. Click the image below:

Humane Society International has a list of designers who still use real fur:

Alexander Wang
Altuzarra
Arthur Galan
Balenciaga
Burberry
Chloe
Dior
Fendi
Giambattista Valli
Hermes
J. Mendel
Karl Lagerfeld
Lisa Ho
Louis Vuitton
Marc Jacobs
Marni
Roberto Cavalli
Valentino
Yves Saint Laurent

According to FURious Fur, it takes four times more energy to produce real fur versus producing faux fur. By wearing faux fur, millions of animals will be saved and be able to live a normal life. If the ethics of animal rights isn’t enough, wearing real fur is also detrimental to the environment.

Faux fur is a great way to be both trendy and ethical. Faux fur is made out of synthetic fibers, it’s budget friendly, and cruelty free. Be mindful that some fur is falsely marked at faux fur. The Humane Society explains ways to test if your faux fur is fur is by the following ways: check base of fur for skin or fabric, check tips of hair for tampering, and if you already own the product, you can test whether the fur is real or faux by a burn test.

Here are some trendy faux fur items that will keep you stylish this season:

 

Fur Free Fur Faces Print Bomber Jacket – Stella McCartney
Majorelle Tyson Coat – Revole

 

Shrimps Una Check Faux Fur Bag with Imitation Pearls – Nordstrom
BP Mirrored Faux Fur iPhone 7 Case – Nordstrom

 

Puma Fenty By Rihanna Faux Fur Slide Sandal – Urban Outfitters
cheyenneharris

Fashion & Lifestyle Intern

Junior at Ball State University pursuing a degree in journalism and fashion merchandise.