On Trial: Would you wear real fur?

Nicoleritchieinfur
It’s that time of year again. Winter is drawing in, and on the fashion forums and blogs I frequent there’s already been a couple of bunfights about real fur, and whether or not it should be worn. Last year more than one designer was criticised for using real fur in their winter collections, so I’m wondering: what do you think?

For myself, I guess I’m something of a hypocrite, because while I eat meat and wear leather, I’d never wear real fur. I do, however, own a faux fur jacket which I love, and which is more than good enough for me. The fact that no animals were skinned alive to make it just adds to its appeal.

What about you? Do you/would you wear real fur? Vote in the poll…

12 Comments

  • September 19, 2007

    Kerry

    I think you really have got to the crux of the situation; If you eat meat and wear leather, then why not wear fur? It’s just a matter of being sensible about it – for intance, where I live, we get a lot of possum fur. Possums in NZ are an introduced species, a pest and are rountinely exterminated. So I don’t think it’s that bad to wear possum fur. Mink, tiger, snow leopard etc is a different thing!

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  • September 19, 2007

    Kerry

    I think you really have got to the crux of the situation; If you eat meat and wear leather, then why not wear fur? It’s just a matter of being sensible about it – for intance, where I live, we get a lot of possum fur. Possums in NZ are an introduced species, a pest and are rountinely exterminated. So I don’t think it’s that bad to wear possum fur. Mink, tiger, snow leopard etc is a different thing!

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  • September 19, 2007

    anastasia

    There’s a difference between wearing leather and wearing fur: the leather usually comes (if it’s not the kind of fur used by really famous designers-coming from other animals) from cows and veal which are anyhow killed for eating.but fur comes from animals which are precisely killed for that, like foxes and chinchilla.So there is a difference.

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  • September 20, 2007

    Caroline

    I have inherited quite a lot of clothes from my Grandmother, and even some from my great gran. I have a perect crocodile skin handbag she brought back from New York in the 1950s with matching shoes. I also have a 1940s fox fur stole and some mink gloves. I wear them all – the way I look at it, if we threw them out the animals would have dies in vain.
    Modern fur, however is a different matter for me. Items crafted before the anti-fur movement can have nothing done about them – they are in existence whether we want them or not. But I would never buy anything made of fur (or reptile skin) for myself.
    Interestingly, my Gran actually left a wardrobe full of perfectly preserved fur coats. After months of trying we finally got rid of them to a specialist from London – but I was amazed by how few charity or second hand shops or auction houses would take them.

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  • September 23, 2007

    Chloe

    I was shocked when Kate Moss was seen wearing a fur coat and her justification for it was that it was ‘vintage’. I certainly don’t agree that if a piece of fur clothing was inherited, or made pre anti-fur movement, that makes it any less immoral.
    By wearing any kind of fur you are promoting the industry. By wearing fur you are sending out the message that it is beautiful or fashionable, when it’s neither, it’s abhorrant.
    It’s the 21st century. The practise of using animals for fur should be consigned to history along with other antiquated, primitive things that don’t belong in this century.
    I would encourage anyone to visit the PETA video website at petatv.com and take a look at the video narrated by Stella McCartney showing what it’s like inside a modern fur farm in the U.S.

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  • August 3, 2008

    yoon

    fur is so sick… I hope the people who do those things to animals have a painful and long death like those poor creatures.

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  • August 18, 2008

    sue

    I would never wear fur and people who wear it should be ashamed of themselves.

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  • September 25, 2008

    Spud

    I would never real fur. My argument is that in the stone ages we needed fur to survive (keep us warm), but nowadays we can use man-made materials that needn’t harm any animals. I find it baffling why ANYONE would want to wear fur, anyway, I think all fur fashions look disgusting, whether they’re real or not.
    I am not one of those hypocritical people who comment despite the fact they eat meat and wear leather, I am in fact a vegetarian and do not eat or wear any animal products.

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  • November 20, 2008

    Mimi

    If you have ever bothered to see exactly how fur is obtained, you would never wear it in a million years. Please keep in mind that most of our fur comes from China where there are no animal welfare laws. The fur trade in China is gaining ground and there is no way it will stop if we continue to buy fur.
    See for yourself what happens, but beware, it is very upsetting.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueBWi8BL0PQ
    If this link doesn’t show up in my comment, simply google ‘ban the chinese fur trade’ and you’ll have more than enough footage for your viewing pleasure.

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  • January 16, 2009

    Brianna.

    I think it is rediculous, to be very honest. I will bet that everyone here has some type of problem with fur. Okay, so what if you eat meat, what does that mean ? I can like one kind of dog, but hate another. Just because I like one kind of dog, doesnt mean that i have to like every kind. Image this one, what if you were the animal being skinned alive, just so humans can “look good” I think I would be pretty mad, because if i was the animal, that fur is mine, and its not to be bought or sold. What if one day people try to use human skin on something, and they used you, im sure you would be against that. So really what is the difference. An animal has feelings to, just because they don’t show it like we do(seeing as how they can’t) doesnt mean the feelings arent there.

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  • January 20, 2009

    MoMo

    I think that fur is totally wrong, any way you put it. Seriously, why would you kill innocent animals when you can just buy faux? And I don’t like the way fur looks, faux or no.
    Go vegan!

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  • September 3, 2009

    Diandra

    Personally i’m ok with it.
    I could be called a hypocrite, because I love animals, and have vegitarian friends, but I believe it’s the circle of life. It’s natural for man to kill animals.
    Now, all of those scare tactics are really getting on my nerves. I don’t believe that the animals are tortured in the process of making fur coats and such. It really doesn’t make sense; the people working in the fur industry aren’t evil, and i’m sure they don’t exactly enjoy killing animals.

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