85 countries have banned some type of fur trapping because of its cruelty.
Trapping foxes, coyotes, fishers, minks, muskrats, otters, beavers,weasels and raccoons so that they can be made into fur garments is unnecessary and inhumane. If you are a resident and taxpayer of New Hampshire, please sign this petition in support of House Bill 1514 and ask that fur trapping be banned in NH.
Environmental Toll ( Source: Orange County People for Animals )
While the fur industry promotes its product as a "natural" fabric from a "renewable resource," nothing could be further from the truth. Gregory H. Smith, an engineer with the Ford Motor Company, reported that the amount of energy expended to manufacture a fur coat from trapped animals was nearly four times the amount needed to manufacture a fake fur coat, and that the amount of energy expended to manufacture a fur coat from ranched animals -- after calculating the production of feed, cages, skinning, pelt drying, processing, and transportation -- was 66 times the amount needed for a fake fur.
Formaldehyde, chromium, and other dangerous chemicals are used in the processing of furs, and have catastrophic effects when this runoff leaks from fur farms into rivers or streams. In 1991, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined six New Jersey fur processors $2.2 million as a result of the pollution they caused. The EPA claims that the waste from fur processing plants "may cause respiratory problems, and are listed as possible carcinogens." Fur industry lobbyists are even working in state legislatures for more lenient water pollution laws, a chilling sign that their product can hardly be considered "natural."
Additional Information on Trapping:
1. Fur trapping causes immense pain and suffering to NH's wild animals. The leg-hold trap, often called the cruelest device ever invented, is a favorite of the fur trapper.
2. Traps are indiscriminate and catch unintended victims. These unintended or non-targeted victims are so common they are called "trash" by the trappers and they often go unreported. Government and independent studies have concluded that as many as 2 of every 3 trapped animals are "non-target." Some of these non-target catches are threatened and endangered species.
Trapping foxes, coyotes, fishers, minks, muskrats, otters, beavers,weasels and raccoons so that they can be made into fur garments is unnecessary and inhumane. As residents and taxpayers of New Hampshire, we are signing this petition in support of House Bill HB1514,the Fur Ban Bill, asking NH Legislators to ban fur trapping in New Hampshire.
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