Hello – I am Rosalie. I’m a student at University College Falmouth. I will be helping with the show on Friday when the WHYS team visit Cornwall.
But does our quest to be fashionable justify wearing fur?
Taking advantage of the media attention from the Winter Olympics, naked protestors recently took to the streets of Vancouver, wearing only the slogan “Have a heart don’t buy fur.” This was just one of 21 anti-fur protests organised in Canada on the national anti-fur day. Protesters claim suffering is a common ingredient in all methods of procuring fur, from fur factory farming to trapping with over 50 million animals killed for their fur every year.
Blogger Rebecca Rutt says that “however good fur feels when you know that some fur farms keep up to four foxes in cages measuring two and a half feet square, and most are normally strangled or beaten to death before being skinned – can anything really feel that good?”
Despite all the criticism, protests and outcry, fur is definitely making a comeback, with the British Fur Trade Association (BFTA) declaring “a significant growth in fur sales”. Worldwide fur sales totalled US$13 billion in 2008 alone. On it’s blog, the International Fur Trade Federation adds, “In recent years we have endeavored to address the misconception of our industry, fueled mainly by animal rights activists. Today’s fur trade operates with greater responsibility and transparency than ever before.”
In their new Fur is Green campaign, the Fur Council of Canada go so far as promoting fur as an environmentally sound choice. “At a time when we are all trying to be conscious of how our lifestyles affect nature, fur is an excellent choice. Like leather, suede and shearling, fur is a natural product, a true gift of nature….”
So, is it ok to wear fur? Does our quest to be fashionable justify animal suffering?