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DCU Fur Debate, 07 April 09

Posted in Events by ALib on the April 7th, 2009

Fur has no place
in Fashion.

Please come along to the debate on Tuesday 07 April on animal fur in fashion.
We are pleased to have Roger Yates speaking on the invitation of ALiberation.

Where:
Room CG86, Henry Grattan Building (beside Helix),
Dublin City University.

When:
Tuesday, 7th April, 6.30pm.

Speakers:
For the motion:
Roger Yates will be speaking at the invitation of ALiberation.
Alan Lee on behalf of ARAN.

Opposing the motion:
A fashion designer and a fur factory farmer.

Why does the fur industry with the help of fashion view animals as things? Why does this exploitation exist within human society? Why are rights of animals violated by the fur industry and other animal use industries?

Worldwide, hundreds of millions of animals are killed for the fur trade. These animals will be trapped, caged, hunted or rounded up from the streets so their skins may be ripped off them and sold as garments.

They are killed by anal electrocution, beaten to death, stomped upon, suffocated,

strangled, poisioned by gas or lethal injection, drowned, smashed against the ground or skinned while still alive to name just some of the methods employed by this industry.

Before dying, each individual will be forced to endure a life in a cage, or their last hours in a leghold/ body crushing traps. Others will wait to die after a receiving a blow from a hakapik (large ice-pick-like clubs), a club, a bullet or after their skin has been pulled off.

These are by no means the only ways that animals exploited by the fur trade will experience.

In Ireland alone over, 170,000 animals are killed each year for their fur. These animals will be caged for their entire life without ever getting outside for exercise.

In Ireland, Minks, Red Foxes and Arctic Foxes will constantly have their natural needs suppressed. This deprivation results in self multilation, cannibalism and cage madness.

Cage Madness, the repetitive stereotypical abnormal behaviour, if seen in humans would be termed psychotic. The animals will be crammed into a barren wire mesh cage with other animals.

Minks need to swim, hunt, run, climb and are a solitary animal. Both Red Foxes and Arctic Foxes need to run, hunt, dig and have a complex social structure. All of these needs are constantly denied.

Cage Madness and the conditions of this forced existence that animals endure on fur factory farms were revealed in the recently released undercover investigation seen here: Irish Fur Undercover.

Exploitation should never be fashionable, so why is animal exploitation used in fashion?

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