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08 May 2003 @ 11:42 am
Saw this story on BBC news  
Cats 'farmed for skins in EU'. This is presented as a reprehensable situation, something that needs to be stopped. Unfortunately, the article does not explain WHY this needs to be stopped.

The article isn't about allegations of animal cruelty, even though there are some allegations deep in the article. Apparently, the simple fact that cats and dogs are being used for their fur is implicitly an abomination. Assuming conditions are no more inhumane than those of any other animals used for their fur, I don't see why this is especially a problem. Granted, since this is currently being done in illegal, underground fur farms, I suspect that conditions are rather inhumane.

Is it just because these animals are common housepets?
Auto-defenestration has never been this funm00t on May 8th, 2003 05:56 pm (UTC)
It's the same people who consider it an abomination to eat said animals as they do in some countries.

I pretty much agree with you. If I had the choice, I'd rather do with out it because kitties are cute and cuddly, but as long as they leave mine alone, treat the ones they're growing humanely, and don't steal people's pets for it, I can't really say it's any worse than killing cows for meat.
Mr. Flibble: Evilcrispengray on May 9th, 2003 09:33 pm (UTC)

Well, there is one difference... most of the animals currently farmed for fur don't really expect kindness from humans. It's still atrocious... but at least the animal isn't bred to expect kindness.

Golden retrievers, on the other hand (which were also being skinned), have been bred for generations to be sweet, kind, and trusting. In my mind, it's more cruel, simply because it's a betrayal of the animal's trust.

Honestly, though, I have my own feelings about those who kill moderately intelligent animals for fur or even food.
Auto-defenestration has never been this funm00t on May 9th, 2003 10:20 pm (UTC)
Any animal raised with humans as their primary care provider will likely be more trusting of humans than one raised in the wild. This goes the same for cats and dogs. Feral cats are highly distrustful of humans, so it's not a genetic trait, it's a learned on. I'm sure sheep and cows on some level are more trusting of humans. If the same breeding techniques are used here as elsewhere, then there's probably not much of a bond. Animals don't understand kindness. They do recognize that this creature has given them food if they do certain things or go to certain places (IE, sit on you and pur or cry loudly next to the food dish). Many animals will imprint a person as a parent and look to that person as a guide as to how to behave and for provisions which they could abuse. Still, dirty tricks aren't necessarily illegal or outright wrong. I mean, if they were, marketing people would be burned at the stake.

Then again I don't think it'd be an automatic atrocity to skin and eat humans, either.