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Perhaps one of the most well-known animal welfare issues, fur remains a large industry responsible for the horrific treatment of millions of animals. With major markets in China, Russia and South Korea, fur remains visible in many countries, including Australia.

FOUR PAWS is fundamentally opposed to the killing of animals for their fur. The breeding of fur-bearing animals as well as trapping them in the wild to produce fashion or luxury items is cruel, unethical and unnecessary.

Many brands have now committed to fur free policies through the Fur Free Retailer programs, of which FOUR PAWS is the Australian representative. Run in over 20 countries, Fur Free Retailer is the world’s leading program to connect fur-free companies to consumers seeking ethical goods. 

As of May 2019, 1000 major labels including H&M, Michael Kors, Gucci, Armani, HUGO BOSS, and Yoox Net-a-Porter have committed to fur free policies, not only prioritising animal welfare and consumer demands, but also supporting an end to fur’s image as a ‘luxury’ item.

Fur farms and wildlife traps

The global fur trade sources 95 percent of its fur from animals forced to live in small wire cages on fur farms. Animals trapped in these cages are denied any natural environment or the ability to express their instinctive behaviour. At the end of their short lives, their death – by electrocution, gassing or neck breaking – is as cruel as their keeping.

For those animals trapped in the wild, horrific use of steel-jaw leghold traps, body-gripping traps, underwater traps and wire neck snares inflict extreme pain and suffering to animals. It can take days before the hunter comes back to check on a trap, which means that the trapped animal (who may or may not be the intended victim due to the indiscriminate traps) is left to suffer injury, pain and anxiety and also the risk of death by blood loss, thirst, starvation or predation.

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