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Why using fur is Unethical

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Ashton Overby

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Animals used for fur Minks
The most common fur farmed animal. 85% of mink farms are in Europe
Bred and then killed when they are about 6 months old. They live short and painful lives
“Fur commission USA, based on statistics released annually by Oslo Fur Auctions, 2008 shows a worldwide “harvest” totaling 51.12 million mink pelts. “ China and Denmark are the main producers. (Linzey, 2009, p. 97)
“A typical mink cage measures 70 centimeters long by 40 wide and 45 high” (Linzey, 2009, p. 98) History of Anti-fur Organizations Solutions Fashion Industry takes a stance against using fur
Boycott fur: Individuals take a stand
Use vintage or faux fur How animals are tortured Methods of killing the animals:
Electrocuted through their anus
Stomped on
Gassed with truck exhaust
Bleeding to death
Neck breaking
Poisoned Counter Argument Ethics Jumpin' Joeys
Annabel Bergin, Lindsay Odenthal, Ashton Overby, Ericka Rumberger Why using fur is unethical Animals used for fur Foxes
Second most commonly farmed animal
The United Nations reports that at least one billion rabbits are killed each year for their fur
Caught by using water-set traps which have the animals struggling for 9 minutes before they drown
Almost hunted and trapped down to extinction
In many countries there is little regulation of these factories/farms. The labeling is not always accurate and a lot of the time the fur people are wearing can come from cats and dogs. Living Conditions:
Small cages with no food or water
Many injured and sick animals
Animals are thrown around and beat while in the farms/factories
Extremely overcrowded conditions causing the animals to self-destruct
Given meat-byproducts to eat
Diseases spread quickly
Kept outside in the freezing cold and extreme heat People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals
Commonly known as PETA (All about PETA, 2013, para. 1)
Founded in 1980 (para. 1)
“…dedicated to establishing and defending the rights of all animals.” (para. 1)
"...[animals] are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.” (para. 1) Counter Argument History of anti-fur organizations
Animals used in fur
How animals are tortured
Counter Argument
Ethics behind animal fur usage
Solutions Claim - Employs millions
Reality - “Employment cannot justify cruel practices. People can adapt to changing employment but the animals they kill lose everything” (How to Do Animals Rights, 2008, para. 10).

Claim - If you can eat meat, you can wear fur
Reality - No action can justify another How would you feel if your skin was valued so highly that everyone was trying to kill you for it? Overview Claim - Faux fur is bad for the environment
Reality - Real fur is not environmental friendly

Claim - It only takes one animal to make a coat
Reality - It takes several animals

Claim - Fur farmed animals are in good health
Reality - Fur farmed animals have genetic defects

Claim - Fur farming is regulated
Reality - Animals are still treated inhumanely History of Anti-fur Organizations History of Anti-fur Organizations The Coalition To Abolish The Fur Trade
Started in the US in 1900s (Speaking out- opinions on fur, n.d., para. 1)
Spread around the world (para. 1)
Many supporters
Scientists: Professor Stephen Harris, professor of environmental science at Bristol University and chair of Mammal Society (para. 1)
Fashion Designers: Stella McCartney (para. 2)
Politicians: Andrew Bowden, MP. Agscene (para. 3) History of Anti-fur Organizations American Humane Association
Founded in 1877 (How American humane association began, 2013, para. 1)
Wanted to “secure humane treatment for working animals in livestock transit” (para. 2)
Farm Animal Welfare
The Second Chance Fund People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (Continued)
Have continuous campaigns: (Campaigns, n.d.)
Whose skin are you in?
Canada’s Shame
Bloody Burberry
(only campaigns that involve fur use) Utilitarianism - The suffering of millions of animals in fur farms outweigh the happiness of hundreds of people who wear fur

Deontology - It is our duty to help keep animals safe and happy in their environment, rather than suffering in fur farms

Rights-Based Ethics - Animals should be able to live their lives without being trapped in a fur farm with the fear of being killed Ethics "The horrors that these animals must endure so that shoppers can continue to buy “stylish” clothing is completely unjustifiable, especially when faux fur and other forms of warm outerwear are so easily available" (Rao, 2009)

"...it is a very emotional issue that is difficult to argue civilly and intelligently..." (Vazpinto, Van Djik, Gellein, Ingebrigtsen, & Pazacci, n.d, p. 23)

Animals have feelings too, so they should not have to live in fear and be happy Reference Page American Humane Association. (2013). How American humane association began. Retrieved
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Humane Society International. (September 24, 2009). HIS Canada: Stop the seal hunt, trade in cat
and dog fur. Humanesociety.org. Retrieved from http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2009/09/stop_seal_hunt_and_dog_and_cat_fur_trade_092409.html

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International Fur Trade Federation. (n.d.). We Are Fur. Retrieved March 9, 2013 from

Linzey, A. (2009). Why animal suffering matters: Philosophy, theology, and practical ethics. New
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People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals. (2013). Campaigns. Retrieved March 8, 2013 from
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. (n.d). Canadian seal slaughter. PETA.org, Retrieved
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. (n.d). Inside the fur industry: Factory farms.
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. (n.d). Inside the fur industry: Trapping maims and
kills animals. PETA.org, Retrieved from http://www.peta.org/issues/Animals-Used-for-Clothing/inside-the-fur-industry-trapping-maims-and-kills-animals.aspx

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Vintage Seekers. (2011, October 12). Nothing divides opinion like the wearing of animal pelts, but
how does vintage fur come into the equation? Retrieved March 20, 2013 from http://www.vintageseekers.com/perspective/the-fur-debate Animals used for fur Seals
Baby seals are shot and hit with metal hooks on clubs
Canadian government allows hunters to beat baby seals to death. Hunters generally look to hook the seals in the eyes or mouth to avoid damaging the fur
Hunters toss dead and dying seals into heaps and leave their carcasses to rot on the ice pieces because there is no market for seal meat. (PETA, n.d.)
Many seals who are killed are 3 months old or younger. Many have not yet learned how to swim or eaten their first solid meals. These seals are helpless and cannot escape. (PETA, n.d.)
A 2007 study conducted by veterinarians found that 82% of cases where a seal was shot, the seal was not killed by the first bullet. ( PETA, n.d.) Animal/Ecostorm Productions.(2008). Rabbits in wire bottomed cages [online image]. Retrieved fromhttp://www.rabbitwise.org/furFarmsExposed.html PETA/Karremann.(n.d.). [online image]. Retrieved from http://www2.peta.org/site/PageServer?pagename=skinned_alive_ways_tell_friends Etwaroo, S. (2012, July 16). [Untitled photograph of an anti-fur heart]. Retrieved April 1, 2013 from Animal Rights Zone: http://arzone.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-evil-fur-trade-1 Duttman, P. (n.d.). Animal Peace [Photograph]. Retrieved April 1, 2013 from Advertolog: http://www.advertolog.com/animal-peace/print-outdoor/animal-peace-2073355/ PETA. 2013. [online image]. Retrieved from http://www.peta.org/ Coalition to abolish the fur trade. n.d. [online image]. Retrieved from http://www.caft.org.uk/ American humane association. 2013. [online image[. Retrieved from http://www.americanhumane.org/ Officialpeta.(April 21,2009).China fur trade exposed in 60 seconds [Video]. Retrieved April 4, 2013 from
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