Cats and the Fur Industry, part II.
Would you buy fur trimmed trinkets, clothes and toys if you knew that the fur came from your beloved cat, dog or bunny? The majority of fur-trimmed items (even pet toys) labeled as “faux fur” or “synthetic” is likely real fur, mostly from cats, rabbits and dogs.
Kathleen Lowson's documentary, Cry of the Innocent: The Voices that can't Speak, takes a sobering view about the truths and reality behind the scenes. Every year, more than 50 MILLION fur-bearing animals, including our feline friends, are brutally slaughtered in the name of greed, vanity and ignorance. Approximately 4 million cats are brutally killed each year for their fur. Most of this takes place where there are no governing laws to protect animals. Their fur is considered a ‘cheap source’ because the animals are usually strays or stolen pets. Think about that the next time you come across a friendly stray cat or scared bunny looking for a kind soul to take pity on his/her circumstance.
"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. ~William Ralph Inge, Outspoken Essays, 1922
Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gas, and poison. They inflict this torture on each animal in full view of their cage mates to witness and know their own fate. Can you imagine the terror each little helpless soul must feel as they watch one of their own painfully bludgeoned to death or skinned alive?
"No one in the world needs a mink coat but a mink. ~Murray Banks
More than half the fur in the U.S. comes from China, where millions of dogs, rabbits and cats are bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and skinned alive for their fur. The fur is exported under false labeling to Western countries and used in the Chinese domestic market.
"We cannot hope to make a difference through apathy. Closing our eyes will only serve to empower this horrific industry. As conscious consumers, our purchasing power is our strength in shutting this barbaric industry down. Kathleen Lowson
Kathleen Lowson's film will interpret from the soul perspective; "What compels anyone with a beating heart to look into the eyes of a loving being and take away its breath of life? What is the condition that disconnects the heart to the suffering and death caused by such inhumanity?" It will explore the sociological and spiritual factors that contribute to the inhumane treatment of animals in our society.
“The only arbiter of how we treat animals is not ‘can they reason?’ nor ‘can they talk?’ but ‘can they suffer?’ ” – 19th century British philosopher and jurist, Jeremy Bentham
For more information on this important documentary please visit the CRY OF THE INNOCENT, The Voices that Can't Speak website.
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