Fur Trade Essay

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Fur Trade 1. The fur trade was one of the earliest and most important industries in North America. The fur trading industry played a major role in the development of the United States and Canada for more than 300 years.The North American fur trade was a central part of the early history of contact between European-Americans and the native peoples of what is now the United States and Canada. In 1578 there were 350 European fishing vessels at Newfoundland. Sailors began to trade metal implements (particularly knives) for the natives' well-worn pelts. The pelts in demand were beaver, sea otter and buffalo, as well as occasionally deer, bear, ermine and skunk 2. Canadians export to 11 countries and provides over 800 million dollars. buying countries were Finland, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Greece, South Korea, and Russia. 3. I think the fur trade is a very debatable subject. On the one hand, if you're going to kill the animal anyway, you might as well use the whole animal and not let anything go to waste. If you're going to kill them for food, why would you just throw everything else away, when there are many people who could get good use from it? but on the other hand, there are many companies that actually breed animals for sole purpose of being skinned, and they are locked up in little cages with awful conditions all of their lives with little food, only to be slaughtered in a brutal, inhumane way. Well, let’s be honest and agree: there is no difference between cow (pig, sheep, chicken, fish) and any fur animal (mink etc)--all of them living and breathing creatures. And if you support beef or fish, you have to support fur; Mink doesn't have more feelings and doesn't suffer more than cow. They all are killed similar, and raising animals for fur is the same that raising animals for food. Tere no "wasting"--you just pay more for fur then for
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