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Have a heart, forgo fur

Dear Editor:In the last week I have noticed a drastic increase in the number of fur wearers in Aspen compared to past years.With so many fashionable, comfortable leather and fur alternatives available today, there is no excuse for wearing animal skins. We are not survivalists.The majority of the fur industry’s skins come from animals living captive on fur farms. These farms often hold thousands of animals, and the practices used to farm them is remarkably uniform around the globe. As with other intensive-confinement animal farms, the methods used on fur farms are designed to maximize profits, always at the expense of the animals.Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to tiny, filthy cages, constantly pacing back and forth out of stress and boredom.Some fur farmers kill animals by anal or vaginal electrocution. Animals who are electrocuted experience the intense pain of a heart attack while fully conscious.Other killing methods include gassing and suffocation. Sometimes animals are only stunned and may be skinned alive.Animals caught in steel-jaw traps endure excruciating pain from the steel bars clamped on their legs, paws or torsos.Trapped animals suffer in traps for hours or even days before having their chests stomped on or their necks broken by trappers.Traps also cripple and kill thousands of dogs, cats and other animals caught by mistake. Sometimes they chew off their own paws to escape.Steel-jaw leg-hold traps are so notoriously cruel that they have been banned in more than 80 countries and in some states.Don’t let the cold penetrate your heart. Reject fur and fur trim.Michelle FoxAspen