A refutation about animal fur

An animal being held in captivity and then killed or abused for their fur happens to thousands of animals every single day. This 8224_156772581180_724601180_4104336_3575174_nhappens to animals that are in the wild as well. People think it is OK to kill animals that are over populated, but they have the same living rights as those who aren’t overpopulated, every life matters. Humans aren’t skinned or killed just because we are overpopulated, so why do this to helpless animals? Animals have no sense of control when it comes to breeding, as well as a lack of ability to defend themselves and control the situation when a hunter comes after them, they just have to suffer, which is cruel.

 

Many companies and articles say that wearing fur is acceptable. According to “5 Reasons Why We Must Wear Leather and Fur” there are no better options than fur. The article claims that there are no alternatives that are as biodegradable, sustainable, long-lasting, environmentally friendly, and safe for our bodies than fur.

 

Quartz  claims  that “There is a way to feel good about wearing fur.” Quartz believes that if an animal is extinct, then hunters should have full access to kill them regardless of any laws. This ultimately leads to hunters going and skinning helpless animals for their fur. Many times if an animal is extinct they will kill the animal just to get the items they want from the animal such as fur, tusks, and skin and then proceed to throw the remains in the ocean. “These nutrias were being killed for the coastal wetland control program, and then just throwing them in the swamp.” This is pointless, you’re killing lives.

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Quartz also explains that the best way to get real untouched fur is if you keep the animal contained, away from animals that may scuff the fur. Wild fur is less expensive than farmed fur, but it is the quality is difficult to control—a animal in the wild may have scratches or irregularities in their animal coat, which is not ideal when trying to sell fur to the public.

 

Animal Defenders International says that many animals are illegally poached and traded for their skins, which is leading to extinction of species and this has been seen in animals such as tigers, leopard and ocelots.
Animals that are raised on fur farms are denied access to daily life activities and natural behavior and are confirmed to cages. Due to these cages in the fur factories, animals develop abnormal behaviors such as pacing, gnawing at the cage’s bars, self-mutilation and even cannibalism. Many animals are skinned alive, then either suffocated or hung. But the reason they don’t kill them by a gun is because they don’t want to damage the fur. Regardless if the animal is over populated, every animal deserves to live natural life out in the wilderness.

A Refutation About Animal Captivity

Animal captivity forces animals to live in unnatural environments, it forces animals to be separated from their families, it restricts them from being able to do what they do best, which is hunt, and it even forces animals to hurt themselves when they’re trying to escape to the point where they are risking the lives of by standards.

SeaWorld Entertainment struggled after the release of the movie Blackfish, which was a documentary about killer whales, most notably Tilikum, who is a 12,500-pound male whale who unfortunately killed two trainers after attacking them because of captivity.

 

SeaWorld has responded by launching a full-on Public Relations counteroffensive to this situation. SeaWorld thinks that captivity benefits and saves animals such as Orcas. The organization claims that they “create a controlled setting for science that is impossible to replicate in the wild.”

Many kids have petitioned to cancel field trips, also musicians such as Willie Nelson have cancelled concerts, as well as large, well-known companies like Taco Bell and Southwest Airlines have cut their relations with the company, SeaWorld.

Many animals that are held in captivity can have a negative response. Orcas, for example, often obtain collapsed dorsal fins when held in captivity as well as damaged teeth due chewing on their enclosures. Elephants in captivity tend to swing from side to side when bored or frustrated causing them to bruise their sides. Caged birds pick out their own feathers when left in captivity. The list of animals can go on forever, but the last animal that we will mention is the Leopard. The leopard when stressed in captivity will completely pull out its fur causing them to bleed and slowly become hairless.

Animals endanger their own lives when kept in captivity. No amount of effort can duplicate an animal’s natural habitat. Enclosures are becoming smaller to benefit the sight of viewers, such as at zoos.

SeaWorld claims that they provide “controlled setting” that is supposed to be beneficial for the animals, but in reality they are hurting the animals by keeping them in captivity. If animals were to be in the wild, where is it not a controlled setting, animals wouldn’t have to be ripping their fur out or running into walls due to being stressed from the captivity environment.  

A Refutation About Animal Testing

Although most people are extremely against animal testing, there are many scientists who will back up why it is important to test animals while doing research. Mice have been used for animal testing for over many decades. This is because according to Understanding Animal Research, we share 95% of our genetic makeup with mice. However, during an experiment Fleming discovered penicillin without any assistance from an animal, proving that scientists were able to find it without the use of a mouse.

Another reason that people believe that we need to test on animals is because if not animals then we would have to test new drugs on people. However, we are constantly testing out new drugs on people. This is because testing on animals is unreliable. According to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) “92 percent of all drugs that are shown to be safe and effective in animal tests fail in human trials because they don’t work or are dangerous.” This is because even the small amount of drugs that are approved for humans, will automatically have a different effect on the human given the obvious fact that humans have a completely different genetic makeup than a mouse for example. Every human is going to react to the medicine differently in comparison to an animal. This is because in labs, animals are often under high stress because they are constantly being tested on and being mistreated while not being tested.

This brings people to another concern of if not animals or humans, then what? Scientists have come up a solution to this issue, according to PETA, scientists have found “advanced microchips that use real human cells and tissues to construct fully functioning postage stamp–size organs allow researchers to study diseases and also develop and test new drugs to treat them. Progressive scientists have used human brain cells to develop a model ‘microbrain,’ which can be used to study tumors, as well as artificial skin and bone marrow.” This is not only less expensive but is also less harmful to humans and animals.      

http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/animal-testing-bad-science/

http://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/about-us/science-action-network/forty-reasons-why-we-need-animals-in-research