European Fur Breeders' Association has distributed a so-called "eco-friendly" commercial stating that fur is great for nature and the environment. Please voice your concern to EFBA by signing the petition.
The caustic and toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and chromium used in fur processing are a serious threat to human health and the environment. Our health, vital water, and air that we share must be protected and certainly needs to come before vanity and profit.
Another dirty secret that the fur industry does not talk about is the chemical pollution resulting from its nefarious practices. The nitrogen from these [fur] farms also impedes the wintering of trees. This accounts for added frost damage and easier access for insects and fungi into the weakened tree. Fur farms are a source of air pollution as well. A study should be done to measure the nitrate levels in the water found around the fur farms, to study the health of neighboring trees, and to determine the amount of ammonia in the air.
The waste from fur processing plants "may cause respiratory problems, and are listed as possible carcinogens."
Eighty-five percent of the fur industry’s skins come from animals on fur factory farms. These farms can house thousands of animals, and as with other factory farms, they are designed to maximize profits—with little regard for the environment or animals’ well-being.
Various chemicals used in the fur industry are potential skin irritants. These include alkalis, acids, alum, chromates, bleaching agents, oils,salt and the compounds involved in the dyeing process, which comprise various types of dyes as well as mordants. (a substance used to fix dye in pelts)
Additional contact info: European Fur Breeders’Association
Avenue des Arts 3-4-5 - 1210 Bruxelles
Belgique- T +32 2 209 11 70- F +32 2 209 11 79