Animals Serving Materialistic Needs: Irrational Human Decision

by S. de Champlain on January 26, 2015 - 11:34pm

           Fur hat, fur boots, fur coat, are all cozy for the cold Canadian winter. The real question is, do we need it? Is it worth the life of an animal for materialistic items that could be replaced by a non-killing method of obtaining the same products and result? As Gabriel Wildgen described in his article “Opinion: It`s time for Canada to ban fur farming” published in the Montreal Gazette November 20, 2014, proves how irrational an entire country can be to accept it the "Fur Farm Industry".

            Even though Canadian animals live in a country with a freedom of speech, it does not mean that it applies to them, since they do not have a voice, but what about their freedom? They have none. There “only [way] to escape […] is death”. Since the animals are often put into cages with many other animals, which frequently cause psychological distress, “leading to self-induced injuries that go untreated”.

            What the clients see when they purchase a `real-fur` item is the final product, but lets talk about the method used to eventually have a final product. The method of killing the animals is brutal, which involves neck breaking, Carbon Monoxide, and anal electrocution. It is not only cruel to the animals to die in such way, but it is also “damaging to the natural environment”.

            The chemicals whom are used to prevent the fur from biodegrading produces more greenhouse gases, which is essentially not good for water and soil pollution.

            Canada improved the quality of life of humans, but now its time to do the same for animals. As it may be hard to convince factories to stop, it is more realistic to stop wearing fur individually. Who will produce, if customers are not buying? Be an activist.

           The Montreal Gazette is well-known in Canada for being a reliable source for current news. I trust this source since it provided truthful information about the "Fur Factory" in Canada, which I have looked on other websites to know if the given information is correct. Therefore, I believe this the Montreal Gazette is reliable.


Very interesting subject! However, even though you did mention animal's utility for fur, you forgot to mention the fashion side that's attached to it. For instance, many winter coats nowadays have a bit of fur on the hoodie, but it's only for the physical appearance of the product, not the utility at all.
For a very long time, animals were killed for our survival; to feed us and protect us from the cold. However, this is no longer true as human beings manage to eat other food, and are able to dress without necessarily wearing a big fur coat.
Why is it such a problem? Like I said, before animals were killed for necessity, now almost only for pleasure, or because it was always done so.
Although it's impossible to convince everybody to become vegan, and it's slightly off topic, I believe that killing animals for fur can be stopped, or immensely reduced.
I think farmers such as those mentionned in the article should be punished severly. Also, I think that it should be part of our children's education, to learn to treat animals with respect. That goes to every animal, not just pets.
I agree with all the reasons you gave;regarding chemicals, etc....But regardless of all these reasons, one reason should suffice.
In my opinion, we shouldn't be considering stopping treating animals like this because of environmental reasons. Even though it is important, it is simply inhumane.
I would also like to add that the end of the article captivated him with a frightened thought: What will our children and grandchildren think of us once there won't be enough animals on earth.
What will happen when the only animals left will be in zoos?
I dare not think about it...

I love how you introduce the topic with rhetorical questions to make your point. You give just enough information about the cruel methods to give the reader an interest for further research. In your text you propose to be an activist. But apart from refusing to wear fur, sensitization is the next most important step to make. For your information, twice a month approximately, animal rights activists gather near McGill station for what we call a "vigile silencieuse". We stand silently on the sidewalk holding evocative and provocative posters informing people about the issue. For further information, you can check the Facebook page of KARA KebekAnimalRightsAssociation. The next vigil will stand on February 14th. Furthermore, here’s a link which introduces a documentary that seems highly interesting. It looks like the documentary is less about violence and more about the psychological factors behind such acts of barbarity.
The Gazette was founded in 1778, making it the oldest daily newspaper in Quebec. It resisted competition from other newspapers all those years and is now a journalistic reference in Quebec. That’s why I think you chose a reliable source.