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A Fashionista’s Fur Dilemma

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I’ve always been an animal lover. And yet, with all that animal love, I’m not really extremists either.

I eat (some) meat. And, boy, will I wear the heck out of a gorgeous pair of leather Christian Louboutin stilettos. I don’t think it’s fundamentally wrong for humans to eat animals or use animal byproducts.  If you’re religious “The Bible” says things like “[e]very moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.” (Genesis 9:3).  The Bible also offers: “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21). So it kinda sounds like God is okay with us wearing animal skins, especially if it comes from an animal that we eat.

Enter the viral Facebook post that changed everything for me. After listening to actor Olivia Munn, I started to dig a little deeper to educate ourselves on the truth behind the video. What I didn’t know is just how shocking the truth about the fur industry is. They say ignorance is bliss, and maybe it was, but we don’t want to be ignorant anymore.  Maybe you don’t either.

What I have learned is that there is at least a portion of the fur industry that uses cruel and unusual methods to obtain that fur. In China, for example, animals may be literally skinned alive. I could go on and on about the other gruesome things we discovered like the beating of baby seals or the electrocution of rabbits but do we really need to? Look at what I just wrote.

They skin the animals alive.

If that doesn’t at least stop and make you think, then nothing else will. While we are still unsure about all fur as a whole, one thing I do feel certain of: it is not okay to torture animals in the name of fashion. “The Bible” (if you’re into that sort of thing) guides us here too –“A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast.” (Proverbs 12:10) If you’re still set on wearing fur after watching this video (yes, the whole thing), at least consider doing your research and finding a designer or retailer that treats the animals humanely. In fact, if you find one, please share it here. Until then, we are loving on designers like Stella McCartney who have committed to not use fur in their designs and faux fur websites like this fabulous one by Donna Salyers.

So what do you think? Do you have something important to say on this topic?

Comment below.  I’d love to hear it. And for more animal friendly faux fur recs, make sure to check out my post featuring Royal Scout & Co.’s designs.