The MSPCA-Angell believes it is wrong to kill animals, whether they are wild-caught or captive-bred, solely to produce fur garments and decorations. The MSPCA-Angell believes that no valid justification exists for killing animals for their fur since fur is generally marketed and purchased as a status symbol and is unnecessary to meet human needs.
These concerns are compounded by the cruel methods employed by the trapping and fur farming industries. The trapping of millions of wild animals each year causes immeasurable suffering to individual animals, of both target and non-target species, and contributes to the depletion of many species.
While trapping continues to be a source of furs, fur farming accounts for a major portion of the fur industry. Animals raised on fur farms are kept in severely restrictive confinement and are usually slaughtered by inhumane means. These animals are also genetically manipulated to produce offspring with a desired color and fur length. The MSPCA-Angell believes that consumers, suppliers, and advertisers of fur products share the responsibility for the needless suffering and death caused by the fur industry.
Therefore, the MSPCA-Angell will work toward eliminating the demand for and production of fur products by:
- educating consumers about abuses inherent in the fur industry.
- advocating against the sale of products that use fur.