Whether it comes from an animal raised on a fur farm or from one who was trapped in nature, every piece of fur caused a living, feeling being immense suffering before they were violently killed. Yet despite hearing from PETA that animals are bludgeoned, drowned, electrocuted, gassed, and skinned alive in the fur trade, Shopbop and other companies continue to sell fur and profit from this cruelty.
Most of the world's fur comes from animals raised on farms, where they're confined to cramped wire cages—which are often caked with hair, feces, and rotting food—and deprived of the opportunity to satisfy their basic desires, such as burrowing, climbing, and caring for their young. Many exhibit symptoms of captivity-induced insanity, including frantic pacing, circling, and gnawing on cage bars, before they're violently killed and their skin is peeled off their bodies.
Animals trapped in nature also suffer tremendously. Steel-jaw or body-crushing traps can crush their limbs and cut to the bone. They can suffer for days before dying of blood loss, shock, dehydration, frostbite, infection, or attacks by predators. If the victim is still alive when the trapper returns, they're often strangled, shot, or bludgeoned to death.
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The fur industry also wreaks havoc on the planet. Producing an animal-fur product can be up to 10 times more damaging to the environment than producing a faux-fur item. Runoff from farms and the highly toxic chemicals used to prevent animal skins from rotting often end up polluting local water supplies and killing aquatic animals.
Companies that continue to sell fur are complicit in this cruelty and environmental destruction. The only way to help eliminate the suffering of animals exploited by the fur trade is to refuse to sell it, which is why hundreds of major designers and retailers—including Armani, Burberry, Chanel, Gucci, Macy's, Michael Kors, Prada, and Versace—have already banned fur.
Please send e-mails to the following:
- Lindsay Fairty, Founder of LindoF, at [email protected]
- Eric Tung, president of FERA, at [email protected]
- Justin Low, Co-Owner at Escape Outdoors, at [email protected]
- Alexandre Guimond, Co-chief Executive Officer of Altitude Sports, at [email protected]
- Steve M. Scheel, Chief Executive Officer of Scheels, at [email protected]
- Richard Baker, CEO of Hudson's Bay, at [email protected]
- David Russell, Co-Founder of Sporting Life, at [email protected]
Then fill out the form below to urge other companies still profiting from this abuse to end all fur sales immediately.