Fur vs faux vs fashion… is anyone actually working for a solution anymore or do we just love a good controversy?
Faux vs Real
Faux seems to be the most common proposal as an alternative to real fur. In our own forums, it seems to be the go-to solution. I have a bone (or two) to pick with those that make this argument.
One being that other people’s perception of your viewpoint will be warped. So you know that you are against fur, but you have no problem wearing something identical that will probably advertise you as an advocate for fur? Yes, we are taught not to worry about what other people think. But this is real life, we are adults and we have to accept that people judge us based off of your looks. If you are an anti-fur fashionista, would you not be better off making that perfectly clear with your wardrobe? You could almost throw vintage fur in this paragraph as well.
My other issue is a more global one. Faux fur has to be synthetically manufactured. The chemicals that are released by these plants are more damaging to the environment than fur farms. Maybe twenty minks weren’t raised and skinned to be your coat, but think about the massive amount of damage that impacts the natural habitats of thousands of other animals for your faux fur coat. Plus the harmful impact on humanity. You are essentially trading one evil for another. Plus, it’s fairly safe to say that organic fabrics are better for your skin, heck nearly anything organic is better for you! That faux fur anything you’ve got wrapped around your torso, is plastic.
Faux fur may not be the viable option it seemed.
Pick Your Battles
Another major thing that pops to mind is that animal right’s issues extend beyond fur farms. How can you proclaim to be against wearing an animal’s fur, but have no problem owning thirty pairs of leather shoes? Is there a difference between wearing fur and skin?
The same can be said of meat. You may be the first one to speak out against the latest designers sending fur down the runways, but at the end of the day you are sitting in a booth chowing down on an all-beef, all-American (substitute your country and/or a chicken) patty. That animal wasn’t treated any differently than the one(s) that supplied Ms Wintour or MK Olsen’s coat. (Side note: much of the animal torture videos you see are propaganda for extremist groups. [side side note: see PETA])
So it seems to me that being only against fur, is ignoring (or prioritizing) many other animal abuse issues.
A Wolf in Shearling?
Those famous PETA adverts are probably the first thing that pop into your head when you think of anti-fur proponents. Many models and celebrity have famously taken on their cause. And countless others I am sure. But have they really delved into PETA’s story and mission? I think if they had, they may not be so quick to heed their battle call.
PETA has openly stated that companion pets should be done away with all together. How many anti-fur fashionista’s and young starlets do you see out treating their little pooches like children? Well sorry to burst your bubble, but PETA does NOT approve. Ingrid Newkirk, PETA’s president, kills thousands of these companion pets each year because she has that much conviction in PETA’s mission
So how do you feel about supporting PETA’s now? I know I’m getting off track slightly, but I do have a point! And that point is that you can’t let someone else make your decisions for you. Ignorance won’t win your cause.
I am not making an argument for or against fur. I am only trying to bring light to the many issues that deserve careful consideration if you are going to debate fur in fashion. The biggest flaw I see when people take on controversial issues is that they make a decision blindly. They don’t take the time to step back and read both sides of the issue.
People love to pick on the fashion industry. Next time you are defending it, don’t give them anymore ammo to use against us. Know your beliefs inside and out, and know your proponents beliefs. And hey, look fabulous doing it!
by Grace Gulley