The Dark Secret of Cub Hunting

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How Wolves Change Rivers

I came across the video below on the Wolf Conservation Centre web site.  The video shows an excellent example of the interconnectedness of nature.

“What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves.” Petra Kelly

Action Alert: Please Help Prohibit Fox and Coyote Pens in North Carolina

Wildlife Extra reports that North Carolina still allows the barbaric practice of trapping, capturing, and putting foxes and coyotes into pens so hunting dogs can fight and kill the animals.  I cannot describe how the knowledge of such behaviour makes me feel.  Please sign the petition mentioned in the Widlife Extra news item.  Thank you.

I could not bring myself to watch the video below.

Please note: the video contains graphic scenes

Fox Rescued from the Snapping Jaws of Hounds

I came across the incredible video below via the RSS feed from the Hounds Off web site (a link to the video was included in the post Selfless Actions in Defence of Animals).  Compare the actions of the rescuer and the huntsmen.  The scene is a sub-set of both the type of society we have created and the hope of creating a more caring society.

Fur Farming

In the past decade, fur for fashion has surprisingly and worryingly grown by 169%.

Since fur farming was banned across the UK in 2001, it seems the fur and fashion industry has been successful in airbrushing away the realities of the horrific suffering endured by the animals. There is hope, however, that this will change as the Animal Defenders International (ADI) has spent over seven months investigating 30 fur farms in Finland and launched its Fur Stop campaign.

ADI selected Finland for the investigation because it is one of the major fur suppliers to the global fashion industry, providing up nearly 42% of the fox and almost 4% of the mink fur utilised by the world’s major fashion houses.

It should be remembered that foxes and mink are wild animals and they retain wild instincts and needs. In intensive farming environments such as those investigated by ADI, foxes and mink suffer mentally and emotionally.

Fox in a Fur Farm

Foxes Belong in the Wild NOT in Fur Farms

Foxes are naturally secretive, shy animals and in the wild would live below the ground in dens, however, the ADI investigation revealed that these foxes spend their lives in barren cages exposed to humans and other animals with minimum or no enrichment.

Mink are territorial and would naturally spend much of their time in water but the ADI investigation revealed they did not have any access to water – instead, they are left in barren cages unable to express either their swimming or foraging behaviour.

The animals in the Finnish fur farms were found to have problems such as:

  • obvious signs of untreated infection or disease in the eyes, noses and ears;
  • visible gum masses, sometimes entirely engulfing the teeth;
  • open wounds and loss of tails;
  • malformed limbs; and
  • behavioural abnormalities indicative of psychological damage.
Fox in a Fur Farm

Suffering Just so Someone Can Have a Fur Coat

Dilapidated cages had sharp wire and mesh protruding into the animals’ living space and there were empty, unclean and broken water bowls.

Designers and consumers must take responsibility for creating demand for a product that causes millions of animals to suffer and die painfully.

People who wear fur must become more aware of the way in which the product they are wearing is being produced.

Please read the ADI report Bloody Harvest: The Real Cost of Fur or at least visit the Fur Stop web site and help in any way can – thank you.