Earlier today I read an article by fashion columnist Hanna Betts that discussed the contemporary resurgence in the popularity of fur clothing. Personally, I hadn’t noticed this trend, but maybe that’s because I’m not in the demographic that can afford to be on the market for a nice new pelt… At any rate, I was curious about what the article referred to as “green fur,” a term for (supposedly) ‘ethically sourced,’ sustainable fur products.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
You can read the rest of the article here. I don’t disagree with some of the arguments the author makes in support of the fur industry. From a bio-footprint standpoint, I am sure that synthetic furs create much more environmental waste than real fur. I am also aware that some wild animal populations need to be culled in order to regulate (and thus preserve) the population. That being said, I have a difficult time believing that most species that are coveted for their fur are in need of population control. For example, foxes and wolves are notoriously few and far between in many parts of the world. While there are, as Bett’s states, industry standards and regulations, consumer demand for cheap fur also supports an unregulated fur trade on the black or grey market. The more we see fur becoming accepted in the main stream, the more I suspect that we will see illegally/unethically sourced products.
What do you think? Is it acceptable to wear fur? Is it hypocritical to wear leather but reject fur? I would love to hear your thoughts –