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Fur factory operators and trappers kill millions of animals, including dogs and cats, for their fur each year. Many—perhaps half—of these animals are killed specifically for fur trim. The industry tries to keep the cruelty hidden, but suffering and death are central to fur. Better labeling laws will help you shop fur-free.

We don't intentionally kill dogs or cats for fur in America, but countless thousands of pets, hunting dogs, and "non-target" wildlife—even endangered species—die nonetheless in indiscriminate fur traps. Millions of animals are killed intentionally in fur traps. 

On fur factory farms around the world, millions of raccoon dogs, rabbits, foxes, mink, chinchillas, and other animals spend their lives in wire cages, only to be killed by anal electrocution, by neck-breaking, or in gas chambers. Raccoon dogs have been documented to be skinned alive, and this type of fur is widely sold in the U.S., commonly advertised falsely or labeled as either a different type of animal fur or faux fur. It is also commonly not labeled at all.

Shop fur-free to protect fur-bearing animals.

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If you think you have bought a mislabeled or deceptively advertised garment made with fur, we want to know about it.

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News & Events

  • December 11, 2013

    Winners Announced in Nationwide Fur-Free Fashion Competition

    Luis Aponte, a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design program at Miami International University of Art & Design, put his own fur-free spin on a Derek Lam garment to win the grand prize in the ninth annual Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition. Aponte earned a cash prize of $1,000, and was also awarded an expense-paid, week-long internship in New York City with celebrated fur-free designer and competition judge Victoria Bartlett.

  • November 26, 2013

    Celebrate Animals this Holiday Season with Unique Gift Ideas from The Humane Society of the United States

    The Humane Society of the United States has great gift suggestions for everyone searching for the perfect holiday gifts for pet owners, pets or others who care about animals.

  • November 13, 2013

    Finalists Announced in Nationwide Fur-Free Fashion Design Contest

    More than 20 students from The Art Institutes system of schools across the country have been chosen to represent their schools as finalists in the ninth annual Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and The Art Institutes.

  • January 8, 2013

    Woody Harrelson Joins The HSUS in Calling for a Fur-Free 2013

    Woody Harrelson, two-time Academy Award-nominated actor, has taken on a new role as narrator of a thought-provoking new video produced by The Humane Society of the United States to promote its campaign to end the use of animal fur in fashion.

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