EGO VS. ETHICS
While coming up with ideas for this post, my mind kept drifting to US WEEKLY’s celebrity poll ‘who wore it best.’ Who does wear fur better? The winner is the animal whom the pelt belonged to in the first place, of course!!!
In some areas of the world, such as the three territories of Canada (Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon), resources are scarce. The coldest recorded temperature was -63 °C (-81.4 F). In these cases, the killing of animals is carried out, in accordance with The Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS). No part of the animal is wasted, and the people of the Yukon are respectful of the animal. In these cases, it is a matter of survival.
Back in the world of easy living, a large number of people consider fur to be fashionable and go out of their way to find it. Perhaps they don’t realize the inhumane manner in which most ‘fur-farmed’ pelts are obtained. Perhaps we just need to educate people.
They know (says Melanie Corbett, Milliner from Manchester, England). The people who were asking me for REAL fur are the ‘type’ of a group that we, unfortunately, have in this country now. We call them ‘WAGS’ which is a term used for Footballers ‘Wives And Girlfriends.’ There are ALOT of young and older women who fit this type, i.e., long blonde hair extensions, false breasts, fake eyelashes, botox, lips pumped up with whatever!
They were trying my hats on and wanted to purchase them but didn’t because my fur is fake!!! I said to each and EVERY one of them ‘I don’t use real fur as I know that most of the animals are skinned alive.’
I was horrified that 90% of them did not bat an eyelid at all. Then they would ask me if I knew anyone selling real fur!!!!! Aaaarrrrggghhhh! !! So to answer your question. …no they don’t care.
It is horrific that because a lot of models are now wearing fur again, that the real WAGS are doing so and now all the ‘wannabes’ want it as well.
How can we educate people who are shallow and vacuous?
How could anyone possibly feel glamorous wearing an article of clothing that was literally peeled from the body of an animal? Especially when the fur was removed while the animal is still alive.
Many fur farms allegedly skin animals alive to keep the pelts intact from damage that could occur while killing them.
SUCH IRONY! Fake people wear real fur!!! Sigh – very sad that even when faced with the ugly truth, people still choose to make unethical decisions.
Sadly, Celebrities are in the spotlight and have the opportunity to make a difference and set a positive example. It seems, for some (unknown) reason; we have taken two steps back, and it is once again ‘cool’ to wear fur! More like ‘cruel.’ We, the general public do not have to follow their influence. REAL (humane) PEOPLE FAKE FUR!!!
Here are the facts, you decide:
•Each year, more than 50 million animals are killed for their fur. Rabbits guessed to be in the billions killed each year.
•Animals killed for their fur include but not limited to) beavers, foxes, minks, rabbits, and raccoons.
•To kill animals without damaging their fur, trappers will strangle, beat, or stomp them to death. The animals (on fur farms) TORTURED; gassed, poisoned, electrocuted, or have their necks snapped.
•Ranch-raised animals live in cages about 2 feet square, with up to four animals per cage.
•There is no federal law that regulates the killing of animals raised for fur.
•It can take up to 40 animals to make one fur coat.
I am very proud to state that the fur used in the images of this post are completely fake! No animals harmed.
Some things ARE worth faking. Here are a few more of Melanie’s beautiful creations.
Disclaimer: Her and her dogs received a Faux Fur Headband / Neckwarmer / Earwarmer from MelanieMillinery as an collaborative effort to generate awareness for this topic. The feedback and opinions shared in this post are ours, in our words. We did not receive monetary compensation for this review. It is our choice, and a pleasure to share this product/service information.
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