Anonymous said: Are you opposed to fur acquired from say, roadkill? Or from animals killed for population control by fish and game departments? Would you rather fur be disposed of or crafted into something useful?
You fail to realize that fashion designers, or any business that uses fur for product, very rarely (less than 5%) retrieve their fur from road kill or hunting. Methods used to kill animals for their fur include gassing, electrocution, and neck breaking. Some are also caught and killed in barbaric body-gripping traps.
Seals are the only animals that are actively hunted; being clubbed and brutally slain for their fur. The Canadian seal hunt is the world’s largest remaining commercial slaughter of marine mammal; almost a million harp seals were authorized to be killed between 2003 and 2005.
The types of fur used in fashion or other products are as follows: beaver; fisher; red fox; golden jackal; marten; mink; otter; rabbit; raccoon; sable; seals; skunk; grey wolf; and Australian brushtail possum. Please inform me when you hit a beaver while driving to work, or when “mink season” begins.
This isn’t a case of roadkill or hunting to regulate populations, except in the case of the Australian Brushtail Possum. They harm natural vegetation, and are legally considered a pest. But nothing suggests they are hunted for population control, and their fur is turned over to businesses so it’s “crafted into something useful.”
This is about the fur industry murdering over 50 millions animals every year for product. This is about the fur industry being a threat to our environment and wildlife, contributing to higher energy costs, pollution, land descruction, and reductions in populations of wild animals, including endangered and threatened species who may be accidentally trapped and killed.
To answer your question, I am opposed to acquiring fur for product PERIOD and I would rather dispose the fur.