FUR, LEATHER, AND WOOL
 
    There is no difference between fur, leather, and wool when it comes to cruelty to animals. Every fur-trimmed
    jacket, leather belt, and wool sweater represents the intense suffering and gruesome deaths of millions of
    animals each year.

    Barbaric steel-jaw traps, which clamp onto the legs of wild animals such as foxes and rabbits, cut into their
    flesh, often down to the bone. The traps can hold them there for days until trappers return to beat or stomp
    them to death or to break their necks. Many animals, especially mothers desperate to return to their young,
    will often chew or twist their own legs off in order to escape these cruel traps.
 
 
  On fur farms the animals are kept in tiny cages in confinement. Often
these animals are sick or painfully injured. Many times they are skinned
while still alive. Videos of fur workers standing on conscious animal’s
heads and bodies while they rip the skin and fur from them is a horrific
and sickening thing to watch, and very, very real. Leather and wool isn’t
much better. These animals are treated poorly, are often ill and in pain,
and have skin cut/alterations made to their bodies with no anesthesia nor
any empathy for their intense suffering.


As far as wool production goes, the most commonly raised sheep are
specifically bred to have wrinkly skin, which means more wool per animal.
This unnatural overload of wool 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. To prevent this
so-called "flystrike," Australian ranchers perform a barbaric operation-
called "
mulesing" where they force live sheep onto their backs, restrain
their legs between metal bars, and, without any painkillers whatsoever,
slice chunks of flesh from around their tail area. This is done to cause
smooth, scarred skin that can't harbor fly eggs. Ironically, the exposed,
bloody wounds themselves often get flystrike before they heal.


Within weeks of birth, lambs' ears are hole-punched, their tails are
chopped off, and the males are castrated without anesthetics. Male
lambs are castrated when they are between 2 and 8 weeks old, either by
making an incision and cutting their testicles out or 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.
 
 
This is what mulesing looks like
 
     
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