HSUS Predicts 10 Million Animals A Year Saved By Downturn In Fur Sales And Public Support
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that more than 10 million animals worldwide are saved per year due to changing public opinion about the use of animal fur and the increased use of faux fur and other substitutes.
Public opinion polls conducted each year by Gallup reflect a decline in the number of U.S. adults who say that they find the use of animal fur to be “morally acceptable,” while the number of those who find it “morally wrong” has been increasing at a similar rate.
In early 2009, the International Fur Trade Federation, reported that global retails fur sales have declined to 2005/2006 levels, or approximately $2 billion. Another organization, The Fur Information Council of America, reported a 12% drop in US retail fur sales in 2006 from the previous year as well, based on sales from U.S. fur sellers.
The HSUS estimate of 10 million animals saved is based on a 13% reduction in global fur sales (from $15.02 billion to $13.03 billion) multiplied by the estimated 75 million animals killed in the fur trade during 2007.