This morning I was asked to sign this petition regarding the use of faux fur. I have to admit that I was unaware that sometimes retailers are selling real fur under the guise of faux fur.
In the UK, it is illegal to sell real fur, as it is to test on animals. This might be set to change when Brexit happens, but for the time being it is illegal. I was shocked and appalled that real fur is making its way into the homes of consumers through imported products.
In some countries it is actually illegal to sell products that are not tested on animals first. It was for this reason that I decided to look at the beauty products that I use because if they are sold in those countries, they are obviously tested on animals, but not here. I also have never and will never buy goose feather pillows or duvets because the poor goose is plucked for their feathers. I’d imagine that would be both a painful (for the goose) and laborious (for the goose and the worker) process. I suppose it would be similar to someone plucking each hair strand by strand from a human’s head. Sounds awful. I thought that these were conscious choices and that I was doing enough. It turns out that it wasn’t. Now, we need to look at the labels to find out where the products were made and have to look at whether we have really bought fur, or at least question it.
To begin to understand some of the extent of this problem, let’s begin with that cute hat that has the faux fur pom pom on top. Potentially that could be a cats, dogs or racoons fur, and those are only the animals we know about. Then, lets move onto the barbaric means that the fur is obtained. Sometimes, skinning the animal live, sometimes through anal electrocution and sometimes through hitting those animals on the head. Why is this needed in the UK or many parts of the world still?
There are obviously countries where the weather is so extreme the fur is worn to keep warm, now in the 21st century, technology and scientific knowledge could overcome this with an alternative to fur. It was and still is that the animal was used first as a food source and then the fur was used for clothing.
Now, that seems resourceful, but the UK whilst it is sometimes cold, doesn’t require fur products. Also, the fur isn’t obtained through a resourceful means. The animal wasn’t first used from a farm. There are plenty of textiles available that have the purpose of keeping us warm. However, things like a pom pom on the top of a hat, a shoe decoration are to be blunt, just for fashion. It no longer seems as cute when we consider the means by how that is obtained. Was it worth it? No.
Why would we think it was acceptable to farm animals simply for their fur or skin? In reality if we knew that animals were being used just for this we would be appalled, but these are very real businesses.
It is wrong that manufacturers and retailers are allowed to sell products like this under this guise. I genuinely believe that if consumers were more aware that they would choose not to buy the product. Consumers generally want to make better choices, but can’t if they don’t have the full information.
As usual, I would love to hear your comments on this.