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.
News & Events
December 11, 2013
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
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, 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.
April 14, 2014
The last year has seen great progress towards stopping Canada's commercial seal slaughter.
March 19, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States Applauds FTC’s Action against Neiman Marcus and Other Retailers in Response to 2011 Fur False Advertising Petition
The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to take action on The HSUS’s 2011 fur false advertising and labeling petition against three retailers – Neiman Marcus, Dr. Jays and Revolve Clothing.
December 18, 2010
The HSUS and the Humane Society Legislative Fund applaud President Barack Obama for signing an important bipartisan bill to protect consumers and animals, The Truth in Fur Labeling Act.
December 8, 2010
The HSUS is pleased to announce that China Grill Management, Inc. has joined the ProtectSeals boycott of Canadian seafood.