On this first day of Paris Fashion Week, PETA activists dressed in coronavirus paraded in front of the Eiffel Tower carrying posters with the design of the PFW recalling the dangers presented by the farms of animals exploited for fashion: “Animal exploitation spreads pandemics” and “Coronavirus ❤︎ Paris Fashion Week”.
The association thus denounces the complacency of certain players in the fashion world towards animal suffering and the significant health risks that animal husbandry for their furs or skins pose to the whole world. The fashion world indeed has its share of responsibility: experts warn that exotic animal farms are breeding grounds for pathogens, which increases the risk of future pandemics, and fur farms are directly implicated in the spread and mutation of the new coronavirus.
Animal exploitation spreads pandemics
We probably wouldn’t be in this global health crisis if humans weren’t raising animals on a large scale to satisfy their interests. Indeed, according to the World Health Organization’s mission to China on the origin of the new coronavirus, the preferred thesis remains that of transmission via an intermediate host, and experts now recommend investigating mink and other furry animals such as raccoon dogs and foxes, which are also susceptible to COVID-19.
Yet this is not the first zoonotic disease, and certainly the last, as long as we continue to keep animals in intensive and unsanitary conditions – just recently workers in Russia have contracted bird flu. Intensive farms of mink or crocodiles – such as those with thousands of chickens, pigs or cows – are all places of proliferation of pathogens.
The problem is global, and it will not go away: according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 75% of emerging diseases originate in animals. So, COVID-19 is similar to other infamous ‘coronaviruses’, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), all of which are transmitted from animals to humans.
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Knowing the many health problems presented by intensive farming, continuing to manufacture and promote products from animal exploitation is reckless and could lead to a new pandemic. In recent months, in order to prevent the situation from worsening, many countries have closed all their mink farms, such as Denmark, yet the world’s largest exporter of mink skins, and the Netherlands had even voted for an early definitive closure. . The French government continues to ignore the many calls to close the last fur-producing farms in the country without waiting for 2023.
While many brands have rejected these cruel materials of fur and exotic leathers, such as Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein and Mulberry, other brands continue to exploit animals and put humans at risk. Paris Fashion Week should follow the example of Stockholm Fashion Week and ban furs and leathers from its catwalks.
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In addition to posing a serious health risk, the production of fur and leather is extremely cruel. To produce exotic leathers used in “luxury” items, crocodiles, lizards and snakes are poached or raised in sordid, unimproved farms and then killed in the most gruesome and painful manner (inflated with air). then opened from cover to cover or stabbed in the back of the neck in full consciousness). Reptiles, like mammals, are sensitive to pain, but they are often mutilated, skinned and skinned without first being stunned.
Mink, foxes and other animals exploited in fur farms are also forced to live in cramped and dirty cages before being tortured and slaughtered for their skin. During their short lifetimes, these curious and intelligent animals are confined to crowded cages unlike their natural habitat, left unattended and often driven mad. Fighting, self-harm and cannibalism are common in fur farms.
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