On behalf of the animal welfare foundation Four Paws, EcoAid by Manfred Krautter tested whether furs in fashion can affect the health of consumers or sales staff. And as some might think furs are natural products, they do actually contain a lot of different chemical substances that can harm your body. As if the fur industry itself isn’t cruel enough, fur-bearing animals kept and killed in terrible conditions, this is a danger that comes on top of all this. Hardly any investigations have been made before although evidence of toxic chemicals was found in related product groups such as leather.
In an independent specialist laboratory various fur products, such as collars and scarves were tested. The result: children’s clothing with fur edging contained the most poisonous substances (a child’s jacket from Airfield Young Generation) and almost all of the mink, fox and raccoon furs are contaminated with chemicals that are hazardous to health.
It is now up to German’s Government and the EU to pass a law concerning legal limits for fur products, this is what Four Paws and EcoAid suggest in their conclusion. So far no specific legal limits exist.
“As a preventive measure to protect their health and for the protection of animals consumer should not buy fur products.”
We very much agree!
For the English report click here
For the complete study in German ‘Gift im Pelz’ click here
Image by Holly Dinsdale