Is fur less damaging to the environment than an artificially-created product?

10.21.2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

Kristina McAvoy

Contrary to what many people might think, it’s far more damaging to the enviornment to create a fur garment than an artificial product. A study done at the Unicersity of Michigan showed it takes 20 times more energy to make a fur garment than a fake one. Even more, the chemicals to treat the fur from rotting are highly dangerous to the water supply. In fact, the US center of Disease Control and Prevention discovered that the number of residents near a Kentucky tannery who developed leukemia was 5 times the national average. In addition more than half of testicular cancer victimes were tannery employees according to a study conducted by the New York State Department of Health.

In addition to harming the people around the area, making fur products harm non-target animals as well. Fur companies set up traps to capture certain animals to skin for their pelt but far too often are non target animals trapped instead. An average of three non-target animals are trapped and thrown away for every traget animal that is caught many of which are endangered species. A study conducted by the University of Minnesota Raptor and Research Rehabilitation program determined that 21% of Bald Eagle admissions involved leghold trap related injuries, and 64% of these admissions were fatal. You can check out the website to see a list of news reposts of non-target animals injured or killed in traps.

What can you do to help?

  1. Know the difference between real and fake. (tags and labels have been proven by the RSPCA to be deceptive)
  • feel the fur. Real fur is soft and fine where fake is more coarse.
  • real fur has leather backing and is harder than fake backing.
  • Real fur, when you blow on it, separates into layers of soft wooly fur and longer hairs stick out. Fake is one layer of nearly identical hairs

Alternative options:

Fur is no longer the warmest thing available. There are fabrics such as Gore-Tex and Polyprpylene that are known for their ability to keep you warm in arctic conditions. Also, if you want the look of real fur without the cruelty and harm to the enviornment consider faux fur options.

More information can be found on CAUTION VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED. the website features shocking images of how real fur pelts are made.

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