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Animal Cruelty

Grade: 7 | Year: 2015

I’m sure most of us have had their hair accidentally pulled out or caught on something before. We all know how much it hurts even though it’s usually only a few strands of hair. Now imagine, being forced to live your entire life in a small confined cage just so someone else can pull out your own hair to sell for personal profit.
Imagine, watching your friends skinned alive and then left to die while you sit back and wait for your turn to come. It’s obvious that no one would ever want to be put in a position like that, but sadly, this is the life that millions of animals live every single day just because of the fur on their backs. Good afternoon. Today, You will be informed about the real truth about the fur and leather industry.

Before any expensive fur clothing is made, animals like rabbits, foxes, coyotes, and so many more live in tiny cages with barely enough room to breathe or they suffer from excruciating pain after being trapped in the wild. If you have a pet dog or cat, then you know how innocent and precious they are.

Well, in China, there are no laws against protecting animals so the suppliers can do whatever they want to them. On their way to the slaughterhouse, cats and dogs are put in cages stacked on top of each other in trucks. Some of them even still have collars on, which shows that they were taken away from their owners. This happens when they are found alone on the street and they are stolen to be made into a fur coat.

When they reach the slaughterhouse, they are kicked and thrown around like dirt. They are beaten and stomped on until they are hung from their hind legs or tails to be skinned alive without any painkillers or other medication. To allow a clean cut, when the animals squirm, the workers stomp on their heads and necks. Once all the fur is peeled off, the hairless body is thrown into a pile of those who have gone before them. Some are still alive, gasping for air. Once the clothing is made, it is mislabeled as fur from other species and sold to unsuspecting customers.

You may like the clothing brand Lululemon, but some of their products are made from down, which come from goose feathers. Down is a layer of soft feathers underneath the tougher exterior ones. The geese are kept in small metal wire cages until they are pulled out and hung up by their necks. The workers violently pluck out their feathers in fists from their sensitive skin while they’re still fully conscious.

Sometimes, they pull so hard that they rip open their skin and sew it back together with just needle and thread. The down industry supports workers ramming tubes down the throats innocent geese to force feed them. This causes their livers to painfully swell up to 10 times their size. Even though Lululemon uses the down industry, and knows exactly what it supports, they still refuse to change the way they make their products. On the other hand, Forever 21 is a vegan store that only sells fake fur and leather.


Angora wool is used in sweaters, scarves, winter hats, and other accessories. It’s made from rabbit fur and the skinning process is as painful and inhumane as all other types of fur. After hearing how angora wool is made, Forever 21, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and many more brands have stopped selling angora wool forever.

India. It’s one of the largest leather distributors in the world, even though they consider cows sacred. Every year, over a billion cows are slaughtered. They are forced to walk or be driven to the slaughterhouses without any food or water for days. If they collapse of exhaustion while walking, their eyes would be rubbed with chili peppers or they would have their tails broken in attempt to keep them moving. There is a law that only six cattle can be transported in a truck at once but this is always ignored by the suppliers. Instead, the trucks are filled over the maximum capacity, causing some cows to be trampled by one another.

To avoid any problems at state borders, some cows are dragged out of the trucks, pulled across the border, and then loaded back on the truck. Once they reach the slaughterhouse, most of them are too sick and injured to even move so the workers have to drag them inside. Immediately after entering, their throats are slit - usually with filthy knives on floors covered with their own blood. Then the cows are skinned and dismembered alive. Remember, by buying a pair of leather shoes, you give one cow a lifetime of pain and suffering.

It is heartbreaking to know that is happening worldwide and it is unfair to the billions of innocent animals dying for the name of fashion. Fur is not essential to our survival and it is unnecessary for us to sacrifice animals’ lives for our own vanity. Animals may not have a voice but we can speak for them by refusing to buy any clothing with real fur.