Ricky Gervais has lent his support to Animal Defenders International’s anti-fur campaign following the release of disturbing undercover footage recorded at a fur farm showing a fox recovering after electrocution and trying to escape.
In the footage posted below, a fox on a Polish fur farm is dragged from his barren mesh cage by the tail and hung upside down. The fur farmer then smacks the fox in the face with an electric probe, forcing the animal to bite onto it, all while the stricken fox desperately attempts to defend himself.
He’s fighting a losing battle though and after a brief tussle, he is electrocuted and tossed, with a thud, seemingly lifeless, onto a cart. However, as ADI’s hidden cameras continue to record more and more animals being killed, the fox begins to stir amongst the other dead foxes, finally slipping off the cart and making a run for it.
The farmer spots this and gives chase, eventually recapturing the fox and again hanging the animal upside down by a hind leg. But now the fox knows what will happen and tries to avoid the probe, clamping his mouth shut and twisting, as the fur farmer hits him in the face. The fox does eventually bite the probe though and subsequently dies.
ADI have picked up other, equally disturbing, incidents in their footage. In one instance, a conscious fox was left hanging by a back foot, and struggled for nearly two minutes while the farmer answered his phone.
At another point, foxes could be heard screaming or yelping as the electric probe went into their mouths; when the animals did not fully bite down, the farmer had to make additional attempts to kill them.
Electrocution is the fur industry standard for killing foxes. According to the website of a coalition from the Fur industry of America and Canada, entitled “The Truth About Fur”, “100% of the animals are dead within 10 seconds”.
However, this latest footage demolishes those claims and the idea that killing on fur farms is quick, efficient and humane.
Commenting on the footage, Gervais said: “Fashion is a form of escapism for many but for the animals, imprisoned and denied their most basic needs, death is the only escape. It doesn’t have to be this way – save lives by going fur-free and supporting ADI.”
110 million animals are killed on fur farms every year. These animals live their lives on their own and in conditions that show no regard for their welfare. Over 15 million foxes are killed in a year, usually for trinkets, trims, and accessories and up to 35 foxes are murdered in the making of a single fur coat.
Is all of that pain and misery really worth it?