"BE COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN AND LET ANIMALS KEEP THEIR OWN"
In amongst the glitz and glamour of Melbourne fashion week last month you may have stopped in awe of the grandeur and lavish clothing items. However the clothing items involving fur should have been within your thoughts with deepest concern. In Australia we thankfully have laws against the slaughter of animals for fur, however countries such as China do not have any animal welfare laws. As a result, over 10 million cats and dogs were slaughtered for their fur in 2009 and imported around the world for the benefit of people who naively purchase them in the form of jackets, unaware of its origins; once on the back of a starving and scared creature.
There is no justification in the mistreatment of any animal. They can only speak out through their yelps and screams of pain and anguish. The slaughtering process is usually slow for the animal, some are cut at the necks and left to bleed to death whilst others are skinned alive, too battered and broken to cry out in agony.
The issue is one that pervades our soceity much more than acknowledged, often cat and dog fur is sold as "rabbit fur" in Australia as tragically there is no law against species being correctly specified. Therefore there are still many stores within Australia that are selling animal fur. A good way to ensure you are not unknowingly purchasing animal fur ask the saleperson if the fur is synthetic or check the label. However its much safer to not purchase fur at all! Because chances are that fluffy coat was once a living and breatheing creature.
So before you buy a warm coat for the upcoming and cold winter months in Melbourne, put yourself in their fur and remember that whilst it may be a "fashionable" an animal may have endured great pain for your luxury.
With it's leg bone exposed, this young fox is scared, starved and miles away from her home. Please avoid buying fur.