Major Department Stores Are Making Major Humane Changes
October 29, 2019
Clothing store giants Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s have stepped forward to end the sale of animal fur in their stores. Last week, CEO of Macy’s, Jeff Gennette, stated that the stores would be phasing out fur products and permanently banning them by 2021, and he said that Macy’s and Bloomindale’s will offer many faux-fur alternatives to animal skin.
Animal welfare supporters are hoping this movement becomes a trend and that more brands take a stand against the cruel and inhumane fur industry. Here are some reasons why you should never support the fur farming industry:
Crammed into tiny cages stacked on top of each other, fur-bearing animals in fur farms are unable to move freely.
Animals confined on fur farms are fed meat byproducts and drink water through systems that often freeze in winter.
The most common animal farmed for fur is the mink. Because they are accustomed to roaming free and do not form family units in the wild, minks exhibit neurotic behavior when confined in large numbers. These animals maintain their wild mentality and, despite years of farming, have never been fully domesticated.
Fur farmed animals must be killed in a way that will not harm their pelts. Small animals are crammed into air-tight boxes and gassed with vehicular exhaust, which does not kill every animal. Animals unlucky enough to survive are skinned alive. Animals who do not fit into small boxes are anally or vaginally electrocuted. Still others are suffocated, poisoned, or beaten to death.