Fur production has more than doubled since the 1990s and is no longer an expensive luxury. These days cheap fur... Read More
Fur production has more than doubled since the 1990s and is no longer an expensive luxury. These days cheap fur trims can be found on high street shoes and accessories. The most common animals for fashion fur are mink and fox, which are often treated in deplorable conditions and at times even fattened up before slaughter. Aside from the animal welfare issues surrounding fur, the environmental effects are also cause for concern. Fur requires complex processing and chemical treatments to manufacture. Animal skin will decompose and rot unless it is treated with toxic chemicals and these pose a risk to waterways as well as the workers who handle them. The land, feed and water consumption of the animals also produce carbon emissions. In fact, the climate change impact of 1kg of fox fur is five times higher than that of wool. All this does not matter, the profits are more important.