As anyone who stops to think about it will quickly realise, traps are indiscriminate:
Before humans began using sheep for their wool, sheep produced only enough wool to protect themselves from the cold and did not require shearing. The unnatural overload of wool on their bodies causes many sheep to collapse and even die of heat exhaustion during hot months, and the wrinkles collect urine and moisture.
Attracted to the moisture, flies lay eggs in the folds of skin, and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive. Both procedures are terribly painful. This is so horrifying it can sound impossible. But sadly, it is true. Down is actually feathers from geese.
Like other industries, the down industry is interested in maximizing profits, not caring for animals. Geese used for down have their feathers literally plucked out of them without any pain medication.
This is incredibly painful and disorienting. Wool consists of a fine, long and elastic protein called keratin. Before we began exploiting sheep, they used to produce only enough wool to protect themselves from the cold, as wild sheep do not need shearing. However, domestic sheep today have been selectively bred to produce more wool than is natural.
This selective breeding has resulted in a multitude of illnesses related to their excessive amount of hair, such as deaths from overheating and flystrike and as well as the pain caused to them during shearing.
Workers immobilise sheep during shearing in order to obtain every possible inch of wool from their bodies, ignoring any stress or injuries they suffer as a result. Sheep are individuals with their own interests and desires, not producers of scarves, jumpers, gloves and coats. See inside a sheep slaughterhouse, filmed by Animal Equality investigators: It's easy to buy products such as shoes, jackets, jumpers and scarves made from synthetic materials or natural plant fibres such as cotton, hemp or linen.
Increasingly, synthetic materials are being recycled with companies now selling clothes, shoes and bags made out of recycled plastic bottles. Skip to main content. Leather, a by-product of Big Agri-Business, which cashes in on cows for dairy products and for their flesh, is created by the toxic tanning of animal rawhide and skin; today most leather is made of cattle skin, but many exceptions exist.
Lamb and deerskin are used for soft leather in more expensive apparel. Deer and elkskin are widely used in work gloves and indoor shoes. Pigskin is used in apparel, wallets and on seats of saddles. Buffalo, horses, goats, alligators, crocodiles, dogs, snakes, ostriches, kangaroos, oxen, and yaks are also be used for leather. Kangaroo skin is used to make items which need to be strong but flexible—it is the material most commonly used in bullwhips.
Kangaroo leather is favored by some motorcyclists for use in motorcycle leathers specifically because of its light weight and abrasion resistance, and also for soccer footwear. At different times in history, leather made from more exotic skins has been considered desirable.
For this reason, certain species of snakes and crocodiles have been hunted. Although originally raised for their feathers in the 19th century, ostriches are now more popular for both meat and leather. There are different processes to produce different finishes for many applications, i. Ostrich leather is currently used by many major fashion houses such as Hermès, Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.
In Thailand, sting ray leather is used in wallets and belts. Sting ray leather is tough and durable. The leather is often dyed black and covered with tiny round bumps in the natural pattern of the back ridge of an animal. These bumps are then usually dyed white to highlight the decoration.
Sting ray leather is also used as grips on Chinese swords, Scottish basket hilted swords and Japanese katanas. Fortunately, many cruelty-free, man-made options exist today thanks to advances in science and technology. Most faux-leather is fashionable, eco-friendly, durable and far less expensive than animal skins. Many European countries, recognizing the inherent cruelty of raising wild animals in captivity for their fur, have taken steps to restrict or ban out-right the inhumane practice of fur farming.
Nevertheless, well over 50 million animals are raised and killed each year on filthy fur farms that continue to exist in Finland, Denmark, Austria, Ireland, Canada and in China which is today, probably the largest and cruelest exporter of cheap fur pelts dogs, cats, rabbits in the world.
There is no federal law regulating the keeping or killing of cage-raised fur-bearing animals in the US. No states have banned fur farming and Wisconsin and Utah are currently the two top fur farming states. Because their unique, highly prized curly fur begins to unwind and straighten within three days of birth, many karakul lambs are slaughtered when they are only 1 or 2 days old.
A mother typically gives birth to three lambs before being slaughtered along with her fourth fetus, about 15 to 30 days before he or she is due to be born. As many as 4 million karakul lambs are slaughtered for their fur every year. Each year, more than 4 million animals are hunted, trapped and killed for their fur in the United States alone.
Whatever the purpose, the consequences for the trapped animals are the same — pain, suffering, and death. These claims, however, are far from the truth. Despite what trappers would have you believe, animals frequently sustain severe injuries from being trapped. When not killed outright by the trap, animals can be maimed and suffer physiological trauma, dehydration, exposure to severe weather, and predation by other animals until the trapper returns.
When the trapper returns he usually clubs, suffocates or strangles the animal to death. Traps set in or near water are designed to drown aquatic mammals, which can take up to 20 minutes for some species. Most traps are notoriously indiscriminate, capturing almost any animal that triggers them.
These animals can sustain the same injuries as target species. Even if released, they may perish later from internal injuries or reduced ability to hunt or forage for food. For more information, see: The Real Price of Fur.
Think wool is a great alternative to fur? It may come from a sheep, goat, llama, alpaca or Tibetan antelope. It may be called wool, mohair, pashmina, shahtoosh, or cashmere. Wool-Producing Countries Abuse Sheep With more than million sheep, Australia produces 30 percent of all wool used worldwide.
Flocks usually consist of thousands of sheep, making individual attention to their needs impossible. Male lambs are castrated between 2 and 8 weeks old, with a rubber ring used to cut off blood supply—one of the most painful methods of castration possible. Every year, hundreds of lambs die before the age of 8 weeks from exposure or starvation, and mature sheep die every year from disease, lack of shelter, and neglect.
Animals Used for Clothing. Every year, millions of animals are killed for the clothing industry—all in the name of fashion. Whether the clothes come from Chinese fur farms, Indian slaughterhouses, or the Australian outback, an immeasurable amount of suffering goes into every fur-trimmed jacket, leather belt, and wool sweater. Approximately 35 animals are killed and skinned to make a single coat and the 'fur' industry currently kills around 30 million animals a year. The use of fur is now widely rejected due to raised public awareness of the misery suffered by animals on fur farms, and their agonising deaths: by gassing, electrocution or being simply skinned alive. FUR FARMS. Over a hundred million animals are killed annually for fur and fur factory farms supply 95% of the fur to the industry. Animals spend their short lives standing on wire floors in tiny cages, enduring both physical and psychological trauma.