In case you missed it, because I did, New York State banned the electrocution as a means of execution of animals born and bred for the fur trade. This was back in August 2007. The sponsors for the bills were Assembly member Deborah Glick (D-66) for A. 2613a, and State Senator Frank Padavan (R-11) for S. 3529a. Thank you for your kindness and humanity. The electrocution of animals for their fur includes anal and genital electrocution. Imagine that.
Michael Markarian, executive Vice President of The Humane Society of the United States, said, " Animals killed to make fur coats and fur-trimmed apparel suffer in numerous ways, but one of the most inhumane and painful methods is the anal or genital electrocution of foxes, chinchillas and other animals...We applaud state lawmakers for their foresighted leadership in protecting animals from this horrifying fur factory farm practice...The anti-cruelty laws of a state are a reflection of our basic values and attitudes toward animals, and this pair of path-breaking bills is a measurable step forward for animals and consumers in the state of New York. "
Senator Frank Padavan: " By enacting this legislation into law, we are outlawing the barbaric, callous and inhumane practice of electrocuting animals for use of their fur...I am pleased we have been able to take another significant step forward in the fight to ensure all animals are treated with the highest standard of humane treatment and care."
Assemblymember Deborah Glick: " This painful method of killing fur bearing animals is inhumane and gruesome...Most people would be appalled at these methods that are considered unacceptable according to guidelines by the American Veterinary Medical Association. It is reassuring that this inhumane practice will be prohibited in at least one state. "
According to the Humane Society of the United States : " Prior to being killed, animals in fur factory farms are warehoused for months in rows of barren wire battery cages. When animals are electrocuted through their anus or genitals, which is typical on fur farms, the electricity does not go through and stun the brain; the animals must remain awake and feel the full excruciating force of a massive heart attack. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association's guidelines for euthanasia, "Use of a nose-to-tail or nose-to-foot method alone may kill the animal by inducing cardiac fibrillation, but the animal may be conscious for a period of time before death. Therefore, these techniques are not acceptable."
So, folks, it's a very cruel business. All this cruelty coming out of the fur business should be enough to turn off everybody, but some still cling to the notion that fur is classy. Well, it isn't classy. That's a dead animal's skin and fur. It isn't yours! Stop patronizing the fur business. Here is a video about life in a fur farm (disturbing images):