An enquiry carried out by Finnish animal rights association Oikeutta Eläimille has denounced the horrific treatment of foxes at five fur farms across Finland.
Bred for the sole purpose of providing fur to the fashion industry, the foxes at these farms have been subject to horrendous, not to mention illegal, conditions. In clear opposition to animal rights laws, the foxes have been fattened up to gross extents in order for their skin to be stretched to create more fur.
While foxes raised in normal conditions tend to weigh an average of 3.5 kg (a little over 7 pounds), some of the 'monster foxes' found at these farms were found to weigh more than 19 kg (about 40 pounds).
"Confined in small cages, they can barely move because of their weight," observes the group which explains that the breeders let the creatures balloon up to obesity before killing them through anal electrocution and skinning them.
Barely recognizable as foxes, the swollen animals even have rolls of fat covering their eyes, limiting their ability to see.
Oikeutta Eläimille goes on to report that these are the farms that supply fur to SagaFurs, a major Finnish fur centre which provides skins to luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Gucci.
On its site, however, the company boasts about the high quality of its products and taking its "environmental, economic and social responsibilities seriously."
Since the release of the deplorable images, many have spoken out about the need to put an end to the industry once and for all. As executive director from leading anti-fur campaigning organisation Humane Society International UK Claire Bass says:
"It is proof, if further proof were needed, that the fur industry is about profit and cares nothing for animal welfare. Consumers will be rightly shocked and disturbed by these hideous images, which underline yet again the need to turn our backs on fur for good."
Every year, 56 million animals are killed for their fur alone. To learn more about what you can do to put an end to the cruel and needless industry, you can check out the work of Fur Free Alliance.