Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad Fur?
September 1, 2008, 1:45 pm
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Moralistic crusading aside, humans kill other animals for far less than their fur; yet fur is the martyr for the cause of consuming animals for uses other than food. I certainly have not seen as many activist fueled marches against the leather trade as fur, but don’t kid yourself…animals are utilized in many cases for leather instead of the leather being a by-product of a kill for meat.

While I recognize the cruelty of wild fur trapping; in contrast farmed animals are gassed or electrocuted. Obviously one of the two domestic kill methods incurs more pain that the other; but at least death is far speedier than hours upon hours spent with metal teeth clenching down on a leg.

There are ways to ensure your fur was gathered as humanely as possible. Programs such as Origin Assured ensure that the fur comes from a country where regulations are enforced regarding the trapping and processing of wildly caught and farmed animals. This way you can be sure you’re not wearing something that used to be a dog or cat from China.

Vintage fur is also a positive option. Since the animal has already died for the sake of the garment industry, it would be a waste to not work the pelts into an updated look. Besides the point that nothing new had to die for your cause, vintage furs are also significantly more affordable than newly manufactured ones.

Regardless, to wear fur is still a choice. Whether you chose for or against; remember that the choice of what you wear is yours, and only yours.


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