Animals In Crisis
Billions of dollars are earned in animal enterprise every single year at the expense and welfare of some of the world’s most iconic and beloved species. Animals ranging from wild dolphins and tigers to man’s best friend face corporate exploitation – staring out at the world from behind enclosure bars, killed for their furs or awaiting adoption in overcrowded animal shelters.
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A typical captive environment does little to satisfy the needs of a wild animal – but despite years of scientific objection, the international captivity industry continues to threaten wild animal populations and inflict suffering on thousands of species. Reduced to little more than circus performers, wild animals are trapped, sold as commodities and confined in comparably inadequate captive conditions.
› FUR AND EXOTIC SKINS
The billion dollar fur industry represents between 30 to 40 million animal deaths per year. Fur bearing animals including mink, fox, bears, coyotes, rabbits and even cats and dogs, are raised on controversial fur farms and/or trapped in the wild – all for the production of high-end pelts, accessories, parts and furnishings.
› PUPPY MILLS
Commercial dog breeding facilities (known as puppy mills) produce maximum amounts of animals for minimal cost – leading to cuts in medical care and a disregard of ethical treatment. Spending their lives in small enclosures, breeding animals are denied adoption and exercise. Produced puppies are traded and sold to pet stores and private buyers whilst unadopted animals are euthanised in overcrowded shelters.
› FOOD PRODUCTION
More than a billion animals and fishes across the world suffer on mass production factory farms and through fragmenting fisheries. Controversial in nature, mass food production is widely disputed largely in part to routine neglect of animal welfare and ignorance of sustainability and environmental impact. Approximately 90% of meat products are raised on factory farms, while more than 100 million tons are fished from the sea annually.
› ANIMALS USED IN ENTERTAINMENT
Captured in the wild or purchased from exotic breeders, circus animals face a lifetime of misery in travelling captivity. Using intimidation, circus trainers manipulate animals with food rewards into performing dangerous, mundane and unnatural acts. Circus animals spend up to fifteen hours per day in cages and trucks, travelling from venue to venue and denied access to space, socialisation and a natural habitat.
› ANIMAL RESEARCH
Occupied primarily to perform research for cosmetic and household products including cigarettes and makeup, companion animals and large primates are used as test subjects in laboratory experiments. With approximately 90 of every 100 medications derived from animal tests failing in human trials, animal experiments are opposed by a number of the world’s leading humane research scientists.