Whilst fur farming itself is banned in Britain, it is not illegal to import fur. The UK fur market is worth millions of pounds every year. Most of the world’s fur originates from farms where essentially wild animals are caged and are unable to carry out their natural behaviours. Around 50 million animals are killed each year for their fur. Rabbit, mink and fox are the most commonly bred animals.
China is the biggest exporter of fur and has absolutely no laws to protect animals. Beautiful white arctic foxes and mink are kept in totally barren cages barely bigger than they are – one to a cage – row after row – continually pacing round in circles.
Animals raised in fur farms suffer great amounts of anxiety. Some animals will become so distressed that they self mutilate. In China, animals are often skinned whilst fully conscious, the pain for the animal is unimaginable. The cruel fur trade has no place in a civilised society.
What you can do
- Don't buy or wear fur
- Educate your friends and family about fur and ask them not to buy it in future
- Order a free pack of Viva!’s The Big Cover Up leaflets to distribute
- Write to businesses and ask them to reconsider using fur in their products
- Write to your local newspaper regarding fur production