Animal Kindness UK is campaigning to ban the importation of all fur into the UK. In the UK, farming animals to kill them for their fur was banned and finally phased out in 2002. Yet despite this victory, fur garments can still legally be sold in shops in the UK.
In the world, more than 40 million animals are killed for their fur. This figure does not include the thousands of millions of rabbits killed for the fur trade. In addition to this, it is estimated that two million cats and dogs are also killed for their fur. There are 6,500 fur farms in the EU. Europe is responsible for 70% of global mink fur production, and 63% of fox fur production.
Why are so many animals being killed? The answer is simple: for profit & for vanity. People who kill animals and make coats out of their skins make money out of it, and people who wear the coats think they look glamorous.
On fur farms, animals are kept in tiny cages. Crammed into thousands, these animals get driven to insanity. Repetitive movements, including head-bobbing and circling, are common.
Animals on fur farms are killed by electrocution (through the use of electrodes in the mouth and anus), gassing, lethal injection or neck breaking. These crude methods are employed to ensure that the pelts (the animals’ skins and fur) are not damaged.
What is Animal Kindness doing?
- Pressuring stores, fashion designers, and fashion shows to set the example and exclude fur from their products.
- Holding publicity stunts, outreach work and demonstrations across the country in support of the campaign.
- Engaging with key politicians, celebrities, supporters, the public and decision-makers to gain their support for a ban on the importation of fur.