American singer-songwriter, musician, DJ and photographer, Richard Mellvile Hall, known by his stage name Moby has a message for hunters.
He took to his twitter account to ask those who enjoy hunting animals to watch a quick video that he believes will change their mind.
The musician tweeted:
if you’re in support of fox hunting(or, well, any hunting)please watch this: http://t.co/8tN5pNUgG6
— moby (@thelittleidiot) February 11, 2014
Well known for his vegan lifestyle, and support of animal rights, Moby’s tweet contains a video called “Dawn the Fox wags her tail”, and boy, is it darling. What does the fox say, you ask? Check it out.
Dawn, is one of the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary’s six resident foxes who cannot be returned to the wild. The majority of animals they admit to the shelter, are injured wildlife who are cared for, with the goal of eventually returning them into the wild. Dawn is a special case, because unknowingly a dog rescue centre admitted her when an unsuspecting individual brought her to them, thinking she was a dog. When they realized their mistake, they brought her to the wildlife sanctuary, but by then she was already too tame to be returned to the wild, as she would be unable to fend for herself after being looked after for so long by humans. Although the sanctuary does not recommend adopting wildlife as members of a household, Dawn is remaining under the care the sanctuary, as a result of these extenuating circumstances.
Moby is a strong supporter of causes related to animal rights, and a staunch supporter of an “ethical” vegan lifestyle. In comparison to solely dietary veganism, an ethical vegan lifestyle is not just related to diet. It also stresses the importance of not exploiting animals for any reason, including medical experiments, products, food, clothing, and entertainment. Ethical vegans find non-animal substitutes for items such as clothing that traditionally use leather, fur, or fabrics, – such as wool, and cashmere – that are animal-derived. It is in keeping with Moby’s compassion towards animals, that he shared the story of Dawn the fox.
Although, it is unfortunate that Dawn cannot be released into the wild to freely live a natural life and enjoy social companionship with her own species, she is also in some ways a very lucky little fox. Every year 75 million fur-bearing animals are captured, and killed worldwide. These animals suffer tremendously, all in the name of fashion, and profit.
North America’s fur trade is booming again, thanks to demand from China’s new capitalists. The Chinese economic’s ferocious appetite for furs has single-handedly revived a dying North American and European industry. Although the fur industry does its best to keep the cruelty out of sight, suffering is a common ingredient in both methods of procuring fur, be it fur factory farming or trapping, says the Humane Society International (HSI).
Globally, most fur used in fashion comes from animals raised on fur factory farms where they are forced to live in horrific conditions in tiny, filthy cages, are denied basic care, and the ability to satisfy their most basic instinctual behaviours. HSI says that primarily minks and foxes, are killed each year on fur farms. Their suffering peaks at the time of their slaughter, when they are killed in one of four ways — gassing, neck-breaking, lethal injection or anal electrocution.
Trapping is another method of acquiring fur. Animals are caught in antiquated cruel traps (leghold traps, conibear traps, snares, drowning traps) for their fur. According to HSI, these animals are often left for days, without access no food, water or shelter, in extreme temperatures. One in four of these victims of fashion will chew off their own limbs in an attempt to escape, only to later die of blood loss, gangrene or other secondary infections. When the trappers finally come to collect the animals, they stomp or beat the animals to death. Apparently, many animals that were non-target animals are also caught in these traps, and suffer the same devastating outcome. Many companion animals, such as dogs and cats, wild birds and even several endangered species, are accidentally caught and killed by fur traps each year. These animals are simply discarded as “trash,” since they have no economic value, says HSI.
Many people think that the fur trade is only using the skins of wild animals, but there is an even darker side to this industry. In addition to wild animals, approximately 2 million dogs and cats are killed each year for the fur industry, especially for fur trim on coats, gloves, mittens, and boots. According to The Association For The Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, “[T]he majority of these animals are killed in China, Taiwan and the Philippines. Dog and cat skins are manufactured into fur products that are traded and sold all over the globe.”
Some countries, such as Canada, do not require the labeling of animal pelts or hides, therefore, companies are able to disguise the source of the fur to unsuspecting consumers. “While the European Union and the United States have banned this cruelty, it remains legal to import and sell dog and cat fur in Canada,” says The Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals.
Even if you are not buying fur, your tax dollars are supporting this unnecessary cruelty, so that the bodies of these beautiful and innocent creatures, can adorn fashionistas, and corporations and manufacturers can profit off of the barbaric deaths of these animals. If you want to protest your tax dollars being spent on this barbaric industry, join a lobby group, send letters, and write petitions to the government. Dawn’s brothers and sisters, need all the help they can get!
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