Fur Industry Methods

The fur industry uses several methods, including gassing, strangulation, and anal or genital electrocution, to kill animals.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), all killing methods used by the fur industry are both inhumane and cruel.


Electrocution is painful and traumatic to the animal, causing painful seizures to the heart. Moreover, electrocution is carried out from nose-to-tail or nose-to-foot, rather than through the brain which is required in order to induce loss of consciousness. Electrocuted animals remain conscious for a time after onset of cardiac fibrillation, brought on by the electrocution.

Cervical disclocation (neck breaking)

Cervical disclocation (neck breaking) is another technique routinely used by the fur industry while the animal is conscious, causing suffocation, and is also inhumane and cruel. The technique must only be used by “individuals with a demonstrated high degree of technical competency” and only on certain poultry and other small animals below a certain weight. Even with a loss of consciousness this method is not instantaneous with the animal languishing for at least 20 seconds.

The AVMA has stated that both electrocution and cervical dislocation “techniques are unacceptable”.

Other methods used in killing animals for fur include:

Gas poisoning

Animals are crammed into boxes and poisoned with hot, unfiltered engine exhaust from trucks. Animals have been seen to wake up while being skinned.

Chemical/lethal poisoning

Strychnine is used via ingestion which causing paralysis of their muscles and cramping. Animals have been known to be skinned while still conscious. Farmers have also been known to inject pesticide, cleaning fluids and other poisonous liquids into the animal’s heart.


Animals are restrained while being clubbed at their heads. This is a long and terrifying ordeal for the animal who struggles causing inaccurate hits by the farmer. Many animals are merely stunned before being skinned alive and often wake up during the skinning.

The International Fur Trade Federation refuses to condemn these methods, allowing them to continue in thousands of farms in Europe, Canada and the U.S.


  1. American Veterinary Medical Association Panel, Vol. 218, No. 5, March 1, 2001, "2000 Report of the AVMA Panel on Killing", The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, pp. 669-696

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