Stop Ripping Fur Off Live Animals to Make Brushes

Target: Kevin Shea, Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services

Goal: Ban the sale of brushes made of animal hair in order to reduce the demand for these cruel products.

It’s well known that meat and dairy are not obtained ethically, but something many are unaware of is that the finest brushes used for painting or cosmetics are often fashioned from animal hair. Some animals’ hair is more valuable, like sable or mink, but even horse and squirrel hair are used. This might not be a problem if the hair was taken humanely, but it isn’t. Animals are routinely trapped, clubbed or electrocuted to get their fur.

Trying to find out where a company gets its fur for their brushes is very difficult, and it’s not uncommon for manufacturers to lie about what animal it came from. “Sable fur” is sometimes taken from ferrets or weasels, for example. Sustainability is not always a concern for the trappers; mongooses have been over-hunted for their fur, used in brushes for precision and fine details. Stiff hog bristle is used for spreading thick paints. Wealthy artists are able to spend quite a bit on luxury animal hair brushes, but they could easily buy high quality synthetic brushes instead. Please sign this petition to protect animals by banning these brushes.


Dear Mr. Shea,

Animals are being inhumanely trapped and tortured for their fur in order to produce brushes for painters and makeup artists. Sometimes they’re gassed or electrocuted, and sometimes the hair is painfully plucked out while the animal is alive. A mongoose will only have a small handful of usable hair for brushes, so many hundreds will be tortured at one time to fulfill orders. Consumers don’t even know what they’re getting since mislabeling runs rampant in the industry. The label may allege that the brush is made from high quality sable fur, when in reality it comes from an abused ferret.

Companies have developed synthetic alternatives but not everyone is aware of the harm inflicted on animals when harvesting their fur. Animal hair brushes are usually imported from other countries which often have more lax regulations when it comes to animal welfare. This enables a cheaper product, but it comes at the price of animal suffering. Please enact a ban on the trade of animal hair brushes, and show that America stands up for the freedom and rights of all species.


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Photo Credit: Keith Williamson

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  1. As a vegan, this is something I had not been aware of before. This is horrendous. The body parts of poor exploited, tortured and murdered innocent animals are in so many products. This needs to stop.

  2. Dolores Proubasta says:

    Nothing, no matter how innocuous, is free of direct or indirect animal exploitation. For instance, did you know that car tires, plastic bags, and fabric softeners among numerous other everyday products, contain animal fat?

    It’s up to ethical consumers to dig up the true ingredients behind everything we buy and spread the word.

  3. unacceptable to kill the animals for this now.

  4. Anne Moeller says:

    As a vegan I encourage all people to NOT buy any products that are made from animals and when we stop buying these products and hit the companies in the wallet they will make vegan products! So come on people let us do this!!!

  5. Nature treats back now Monsters
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Take responsibility for your Being on Earth

  6. What a human being do for vanity is disgusting.

    Pride before Fall.

  7. I’ve been aware of this for years now. I’ve purchased Cruelty Free Makeup Brushes, that I clean regularly, therefore not having to buy them again as well.

  8. lizzy jacobs says:

    Shame on you. You use animals because they have no rights,
    it’s just like the slaves, they had also no rights, and if they came on the wrong place, they hit them, give them from the
    whip, beat them dead, raped them, humiliated them, let them
    work for nothing, but the owner became rich, just like you,
    you are just the same. People without feelings. Boedistic
    monnik think they reincarnate in an animal, than i hope that
    you are one off the animals that comes an a place like you have. How would you find it if we take your scalp and make a wig for somebody else and there’s no person who helps you
    when your in pain. I think it’s horrible. Open your heart and not only your wallet.

  9. Kathryn Irby says:

    Stop the Ripping Off of fur from Live Animals, simply to make brushes NOW!!! ANIMAL WELFARE OVER PROFITS!!!

  10. The people who do this dastardly deed MUST GET THEIR SKIN RIPPED OFF! Maybe if they feel that pain, they’ll realize the pain the animals go thru.

    WHO IS IT?
    Stop & pursue this criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!
    BARBARIC, GREED AND BRAINLESS and not able to think human?
    Not humane than barbaric, really stupid and worthless criminal and ignorant SCUM, which should be banned on an island for their whole lives! Or not?

    It’s time hold all those responsible for authorizing and overseeing the implementation of torture against fellow EARTH inhabitants & creatures accountable. A special prosecutor is the most comprehensive way to do that.  


  12. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Disgusting P. O. S. Cretins❗️?
    Signed & sharing ?

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