Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 8.40.03 PMThe fashion industry doesn’t like to talk much about how they get their furs. And as a new undercover investigation shows, they have some very good (and by that I mean awful) reasons for that.

Over two years, investigators from Last Chance for Animals and Animal Equality infiltrated dozens of rabbit farms in Spain. They filmed horrific cruelty: rabbits left wounded or crippled with no medical treatment; other gravely ill animals simply bashed to death in front of the other rabbits. The bunnies live in tiny cages with metal wire beneath their feet until they’re killed at the age of 2 (rabbits normally live up to 12 years). Very disturbing stuff.

The investigators also filmed fur distributors naming Burberry, Dior, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs and Yves Saint Laurent as buyers of fur from these farms. And in many cases, you can plainly see online that these brands buy rabbit fur from Spain (disclosing the country of origin is required by law).

I’m assuming most readers of this blog already know better than to wear fur, but you can do more to help stop this despicable abuse by signing the petition at EndFashionCruelty.orgDoing so will send the message to these designers that fur is not OK.

If you need more incentive to sign, see this video of the investigation. I wrote and narrated it myself (I work for LCA as a writer). I should warn you that it’s very graphic — so if seeing animal abuse traumatizes you, just go straight to the petition. Hard to watch as it may be, the video fills the important task of exposing the truth that designers won’t acknowledge.