Re: Natural fur
Originally Posted by JBR
Thanks. A helpful response to a serious question (and yours Annie).
Perhaps I can specify some particular animals involved:
mink; fox; raccoon; rabbit.
How about these specifically?
Again, I'll explain later why I ask.
I can remember mother having a 'fox fur' - it included the mask, brush and paws - sort of wrapped around her shoulders. I hated it.
Rabbit - a bit ambiguous, I suppose, it is considered a food animal and - if you are going to kill/eat it - you may as well use the fur. I believe glove makers still use it in some places.
Fox and Raccoon - I know they are regarded as vermin by some and, maybe, need to be controlled but - if their fur became fashionable again - there is a danger they could become extinct or even 'farmed' and I would not like to see either of those options come to fruition.
Mink - are nasty vicious little devils that kill for fun and have caused havoc in farmlands here.
They are already intensively farmed in USA for the fashion industry - not sure about here. Their fat is used to waterproof leather, to make cosmetics and even put into some medicines. Some of their fur is used to make false eyelashes, and whatever is left is made into manure. So the justification is that nothing is wasted and they are killed humanely (?) by carbon monoxide poisoning.
I still would not want to wear them as a coat.