Recently I have been appalled by the way real fur seems to be creeping back to acceptability. Celebrities such as Kate Moss and Kim Kardashian parade around in mink coats and fans of TOWIE sport their bobble hats topped with racoon fur.
Sunday supplements regularly feature real fur on their fashion pages (most notably I’ve noticed the Sunday Times Style magazine) with fox fur handbags as well as key rings and handbag charms made from mink fur.
I think it’s so sad the way these poor animals’ fur is dyed in rainbow colours with wiggly eyes attached to try to make these trinkets look like “fun” little monsters in order to detract from what they actually are. Whether it came from an animal on a fur farm or one who was trapped in the wild, every fur coat, trinket, and bit of trim caused an animal tremendous suffering—and took away a life.
Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gas, and poison. More than half the fur in the U.S. comes from China, where millions of dogs and cats are bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and often skinned alive for their fur.
The Sunday Times is one of the nation’s favourite newspapers, it would be great to see them listen to their readers and stop supporting fur!