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EXPOSED: The tragic short lives of foxes on a fur farm

Posted: 26 September 2017. Updated: 27 September 2017
“A LIFETIME” is a new film about the brutal short lives of two foxes, brothers Borys and Eryk, born and killed on a Polish fur farm. Animal Defenders International (ADI) placed hidden cameras on the farm to capture this rare insight into an industry that kills more than 100 million animals a year.

Three arctic foxes are followed from birth on the Polish fur farm – ADI named them Borys, Eryk and Aleska. We see them nursed by their mother and Aleska taking her first halting steps as a tiny cub. Their world is a small wire cage. After a few weeks their mother is removed and we see the growing cubs explore their world and play together. As their coats change to the thick white fur that would protect them through the winter months, their days are numbered; their fur is a prized product.

At less than seven months of age, Boris and then Eryk are dragged from their cage. They have seen other foxes being killed outside their cage and there is nowhere to hide; desperate to avoid their fate, Borys, Eryk and Aleska try to run from the farmer. A terrified Aleska watches as her brothers are pulled from the cage by their tails, one at a time, hung up by a back leg, electrocuted and their bodies thrown on a cart to be skinned. Aleska is spared; she will breed next year’s foxes, her babies will be taken away from her and killed like her brothers.
This is the real cost of fur – when you buy fur, you buy cruelty.

Poland is the fourth largest producer of fox fur in the world – almost all is exported, with the United States being one of the biggest importers. ADI’s previous investigations of fur farms in Finland, the world’s largest producer of fox fur, have shown similar suffering and cruel deaths. The ADI team has also filmed inside farms in the United States and UK; although the UK has banned fur farming, it remains a major dealer, importing and exporting fur.
ADI’s findings reveal a cruel industry built on an image of beauty and luxury, desperately hiding the suffering of sensitive, intelligent, animals being farmed in filthy, intensive factory conditions or trapped for their fur.

Wild foxes are forced to live in small bare wire cages.

Excrement falls through the cages and piles up beneath them.

Animals farmed for their fur are denied their most natural behaviors, the chronic deprivation and extreme confinement causing both psychological and physical damage.

Babies are torn from their mothers at just a few weeks old.

The stark, filthy fur farm – a far cry from the complex, enriched wild habitat they deserve – takes a toll on their mental and physical health.

After only seven short months, baby foxes are dragged from cages by their tails, hung upside down and electrocuted in front of their families and other animals on the farm.

The animals are aware of what will happen to them and make desperate attempts to evade capture in the small cage and cling onto the mesh.

Animals not killed outright, despite industry claims, and are electrocuted a second time.

During ADI’s Polish investigation, one fox completely regained consciousness, ran away and found somewhere to hide. The fox was dragged from his hiding place and hung up again but desperately resisted the probe that he now knew, would kill him.

Worldwide every year over 110 million animals are killed on fur farms, with more than 16 million trapped in the wild for their fur. Over 15 million foxes are killed in a year, usually for trinkets, trims and accessories but up to 35 foxes can be used to make a fur coat.

Recently, products being sold as “fake” have been found to be real fur – perhaps unsurprising that an industry that treats animals as they do, would lie about it to fool the public into buying their cruel products.

Naturally shy and secretive animals, in the wild foxes have large territories, live in dens below ground in open country and eat a wide range of foods. Arctic foxes like Borys, Eryk and Aleska are nomadic, travelling many miles each day over the ice, enjoying the existence for which they evolved.

On the Polish farm ADI documented foxes with bent feet and overgrown claws, the result of a lifetime stood on a floor of wire mesh; individuals who suffered tail loss, caused by chewing due to stress; an animal with a weeping eye, swollen with pus, that was left untreated; young foxes attempting to play but restricted by the confines of their cage; animals chewing and pawing at their cages in a desire escape and to express themselves in their natural digging behaviors.

The full report is online here. Plus information on how to stop the fur trade.

Help end the cruel fur trade!

© Animal Defenders International 2017


Sia Asks Kanye West To Go Fur Free

The vegan musician goes on  Twitter to ask Kanye to drop  animal cruelty from his new fashion line

Demand Company Stop Supporting Cruel Fur Industry

Countless animals are tortured and killed for their fur every day. There are many cruelty-free materials available and this unnecessary torture should not go on any longer. Sign this petition and demand Dior stop using fur in its products.

Source: Demand Company Stop Supporting Cruel Fur Industry

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I am always thrilled when a person takes an anti-fur stand.

It is particularly pleasing when someone from the fashion world speaks out against the despicable fur industry.

This is what Sairey Stemp, senior fashion editor of Cosmopolitan (UK), says about the fur trade:

“The fur industry is one of the most barbaric, hideous, cruel and bloody industries. The reason it continues is simply because of money. If people didn’t buy and wear fur, if the fashion industry didn’t use and support it, then it would cease to be a viable commercial industry and the fur farms would close”.sairey stemp

Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who are bred and killed for human greed!

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Some of the More Than 100 Companies That Have Banned Angora Wool


The company joins Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and other top brands. Is your favorite on the list?

Source: Some of the More Than 100 Companies That Have Banned Angora Wool

Demand Company Stop Using Fur and Down

A popular cold weather clothing retailer uses fur and down for many of its products. Fur and down come from the bodies of tortured animals. Sign this petition and tell Canada Goose it is time to stop the needless suffering and to start using cruelty-free alternatives.

Source: Demand Company Stop Using Fur and Down

Petition · Stop fur farm from exploiting and killing Endangered Gray Wolves for Their Fur ·

Go Faux or Go Naked | PETA

Life or Lunch?

PETA’s placement of its 90-foot ad in Times Square featuring that force of nature P!nk certainly sparked conversation. Rocking nothing more than her hot bare bod, she pleads for us all to be comfortable in our own skin—and let animals keep theirs.

Pink_PETA_001_photo-by-Slobodan-Randjelovic__1423773939_104.174.50.126-682x1024This fierce lady isn’t the only one with an opinion on fur, though: A Who What Wear editor recently vowed never to wear real fur again, and Refinery29 agrees that you can wear faux and still look chic. If they could, animals might ask us this question: Can you imagine seeing your dog or cat skinned alive? Think about the anguish, fear, and suffering they’d endure. All animals experience this when they’re skinned for their fur. On Chinese fur farms—which supply more than half of all the finished fur garments that are imported for sale in the U.S.—there are no penalties for abusing animals. You can…

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New Campaign Aims to Make the Fur Industry a Thing of the Past | Care2 Causes

Life or Lunch?

3119753.largeForced to live and die in the most unbearable conditions imaginable, today’s large scale fur industry results in the confinement and slaughter of millions of animals every year.

Spearheading a campaign to #MakeFurHistory, The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (APFA) and The Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are on a mission to show the reality of the fur industry, and put a stop to a trade that has been exploiting animals for economic gain for more than 400 years in North America.

Gladly joining the duo of non-profits in their fight, LUSH Cosmetics is also backing the campaign and urging consumers to go fur free. #MakeFurHistory is aimed at raising awareness for consumers and the general public of the very real conditions that fur-bearing animals face across the country, as well as encouraging governments to get further involved in regulating the commercial fur…

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Protest the Approval of Fur Farm – ForceChange

Protest the Approval of Fur Farm – ForceChange.




220px-Harvey_Nichols_2Harvey Nichols,an English luxury department store chain, was founded in 1931.

 It sells fashion items for women and men, fashion accessories, beauty products, wine and food.

After 10 years of being fur free, in September 2013, Harvey Nichols resumed the sale of fur in its United Kingdom stores.

To me, this is going backwards in time and morality. 

Despite the outcry about the cruel fur industry, the company insisted its furs are “ethically sourced” from reputable suppliers.

A Canadian company who supply coyote furs to Harvey Nichols has also publicly disclosed a statement admitting capturing the animals from the wild in leg-hold traps.

leg hold trapThere is nothing “humane” about a leg-hold trap.

The Daily Mail, January 2014, published an article  pointing out that the coyotes can be “in pain for days”.

Harvey Nichols coyote flogBaby coyotes are orphaned.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) elaborated:

“Mother animals will chew off…

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I am in London!

Although a popular tourist attraction, I definitely will not be admiring the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.

Why not?

Because in the name of pomp and ceremony these guards each wear a Canadian Black Bear on their heads.

A petition against this can be found @

Image: Grenadier Guards

The standard bearskin headgear of the British Foot Guards is “18 inches tall, weighs 1.5 pounds”. The entire skin of a Canadian Black Bear is used for each hat.

The British Army purchase the hats, from a British hatmaker who sources the skins from an international auction. The hatmakers purchase between 50 and 100 black bear skins each year at a cost of about £650 each.

Bears are not farmed but are baited and killed by Canadian hunters, who then supply the auction houses with bear pelts.

killed bearPsychopaths bears   Mommy bear with her babies.

Needless to say, I would rather these guards went bare-headed…

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— “the groups actually agreed with one part of the plan: the lynx now is protected wherever it may be, even if it wanders outside the select states and their boundaries of protection”

read article: endangered species protection extended to lynx

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Farley Chatto shows luxury furs at Toronto fashion week

Global News

TORONTO – Farley Chatto received a warm welcome back to the Toronto runway as the longtime homegrown designer presented a collection of luxury furs.

In a recent interview, Chatto said his last official show in 2008 featured menswear, but he was motivated to return to the catwalk to show a full fur line after seeing others incorporate bits and pieces of fur in their collections.

His collection – dubbed “Far & Away” – was unveiled on Thursday at Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week, with luxury furs including mink, fox and chinchilla featured in a variety of coats, capelets, vests, stoles, scarves and trapper hats.

“Predominantly, the biggest change you’re going to notice is the fit. There are going to be much more fitted, much narrower,” Chatto said about the new line.

“You’re going to get nice fitted tops, narrow armholes, narrow sleeves – as much as you can do with…

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