Lately I have witnessed that the more I become popular, the more I become attacked by certain people that claim to be environmentalists and lovers
I am accused of being “ignorant”, a “hypocrite”, an “assassin” by people who regularly wear clothes made of animals such as leather shoes and belts, who eat meat, use cosmetics tested on animal and who pollute the earth as do all the inhabitants on this planet. The worst part is that such people ignore everything related to the fur sector because their only source of information is from youtube videos which accuse me of many things I am not responsible for. For this reason I have decided to debunk some false myths in which this group of people believes in. I want to emphasize that all the information that I present below is certifiable on the IFTF’s web site.
Animals are skinned alive for their fur – FALSE!
Such cruelty is against the law in all countries where fur is produced. In addition, the fur sector actively lobbies to ensure that governments enforce anti-cruelty laws for animals. Not only is skinning an animal alive an incomprehensible act of malice, it would be very difficult, dangerous and result in poor quality pelt. An animal must be dead for several hours before the pelting process can start. Anyone who performs such a terrible, sadistic act should be punished to the full extent of the law.
Animals are mistreated on fur farms – FALSE!
As anyone who has ever owned an animal can attest to, the condition of animal’s coat is a clear sign of how well the animal is treated. A fur farmer’s success depends on making sure the animals receive the best quality food and environment and that the eventual slaughter is as humane as possible. Millions of euros have been invested in scientific research to guarantee the best possible living standards for fur animals.
The fur sector is not regulated – FALSE!
The trade of fur is closely regulated regionally, nationally and internationally. In addition to such laws and regulations, the fur sector follows industry-wide codes of practice. The laws and regulations followed by the industry deal with everything from the welfare of fur animals to the effects on the environment. The sector continues to actively communicate with governments to guarantee that anti-cruelty laws are based on independent third parties and are scientifically shown to be best practice methods for ensuring the welfare of the fur animals. For more information, please visiti WEAREFUR.COM
Fake fur is more sustainable than real fur. – FALSE!
Fake furs come from petroleum based products coming from non renewable resources. Instead real furs come from renewable resources with 20-30 year life span.
Fur farming is bad for the environment – FALSE!
Research has actually found that fur farming has positive benefits on the environment. For starters, real fur is a natural and renewable resource. Farmed mink are fed with leftovers from slaughterhouses, fish plants and other by-products from food production – they recycle wastes that would otherwise end up in landfills. Other than fur, farmed mink give high quality oils for skin care and for waterproofing leather, biofuels and other products. Biofuels deriving from farmed mink are considered a second generation biofuel, and represent a substantial improvement over first gen biofuels in terms of environmental impact. Finally, the bodies of farmed mink are used for heating purposes and in cement production.
Dogs and cats are used to make furs – FALSE!
There are laws that prvent the use of cats and dogs for fur in Europe and North America and the members of the IFTF have followed a worldwide ban even before these laws were passed. Fur from cats and dogs are not suitable for fur coat production. There are many well taken care of animals in farms that are raised specifically for this purpose.
The fur sector aggressively pushes all governments to prevent mislabelled fur products.
The fur industry trades in endangered species – FALSE!
Wild fur animals are in large abundance. In fact, trapping of fur animals is often done in accordance to many wildlife management initiatives as some species to be abundant predators whose number must be controlled for the good of the eco-system. The fur sector actively follows the sustainable use conversation policy which is not considered a problem by activists.
The IFTF has been a voting member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) for nearly 30 years and is a proud sponsor of IUCN conversation programs. In addition, the fur trade has supported the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species since its creation 40 years ago.
Animals trapped for the fur trade suffer for days in unregulated traps – FALSE!
It is important to remember that most of the animals that are trapped are not for fur but for environmental control. As a part of the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS), which the fur sector helped initiate, all traps must follow a humane standard: they require the animal to be killed outright and quickly with no suffering. Traps must be routinely visited daily. The fur trade is now actively pushing the EU to implement the AIHTS.
Fur is a luxury pillar of Haute Couture and Pret a Porter fashion.
The international Fur Trade has increased every year since 1998 and now has a worth of 15 billion dollars in the entire world. Despite this evident popularity, certain myths have continued to persist and we hope we have debunked these false accusations.
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Samantha De Reviziis