Do we need fur?

Do we need to wear fur?

Do we need to wear fur?

I don’t think there is anyone that doesn’t have an opinion on fur..

You either love it or you hate it.

Most of the people who object to fur are people who object to the suffering and cruelty that the animals are put through on the fur farms. Norway, where I live, has a large fur industry and the farms receive financial support from the Norwegian Government. Last year it was debated whether or not to cut the financial support due to a video footage of the cruelty that was taking place on a few of these farms.

Two animal rights organizations The Network for Animal Freedom and the Norwegian Society for the Protection of Animals claimed to have filmed shocking scenes at a farm last year. A representative for the fur industry then stated that animal rights activists break in to the farms during the night to set the animals free, but only succeed in scaring them. They also say that the media gives a completely distorted picture of the fur farms. They claim to have a flexible cage system for foxes and climbing cages for mink.. But should any animals be kept in cages ? Foxes and mink are usually found roaming in large area’s in the wild. Is it cruel to simply confine them at all ? Would it be more human to hunt them in their natural environment like we do wolves and elk ? .

I often wonder when I read articles in the media about celebrities campaigning against wearing fur and PETA activist attacking people wearing fur coats, whether there is any truth to the allegations that all fur farms are cruel. The Norwegian Food and Safety Authority is in charge of monitoring the fur farms and inspect 101 farms yearly. Surely they would close the farms down, had they seen any cruelty?

For the record, I am against cruelty to animals in any shape or form, but where do we draw the line ? Farms all over the world that keep livestock are bound by the law to treat the animals humanly. A large part of the population eat meat and eggs. We wear leather. But there seems to be a wide spread passion when it comes to fur. I would certainly not buy my meat from a farm or certain company were it proved they were cruel to the animals, however I doubt it would stop me from eating meat.. So why is it that the whole fur industry is getting such a massive protest for the cruelty of a few farmers ? Should everyone stop buying fur and put them all out of business ? And why stop at fur ? Why not protest to the cruelty to fish. Trawlers catch them in their nets and they die a slow and horrible death on the boat. Should mankind find alternative food and clothes , or is it the law that is lacking ? Should we legislate a much stricter line in the keeping and slaughtering of livestock, be it for their meat, leather or fur coat’s ? Should we be allowed to have livestock at all on farms ?

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  1. The argument most meat-eaters and leather-wearers use when attacking the fur trade is that the animals are exploited, abused and killed solely for their skins, for the vanity of the fur wearer; whereas meat and leather products are the consequence of using all the body parts of a slaughtered animal, which is supposed to mitigate the wholesale killing.
    I don’t buy this. There is no justification whether there are one, two or five man-made reasons to kill another sentient creature.
    In the Western world, no animal products are necessary for survival so, ostensibly, there is no difference between a leather jacket and a fur jacket other than aesthetics. Cows are ugly, mink are cute. Factor in that most leather on sale in the UK and USA is imported from India and China, where acute forms of animal cruelty are woefully unchecked, and the fur vs leather argument wears thin.
    Footnote: all meat production, by its very nature, involves much cruelty (as well as the overlooked fact that they have a simple right to life, above all other arguments). You simply cannot process and kill thousands of animals a day for the incessant demands of modern capitalism without inflicting suffering.

  2. To be honest I have never really got the “fur bad, leather OK” thing some people have, either – but it’s very similar to that odd phenomenon where (some – by no means all) meat eaters are happy to scoff pieces of pig or cow or sheep but get all outraged about the thought that other cultures might (either actually or apocryphally) eat bits of, say, cat or dog. One unashamedly meat eating friend of mine, some years ago, enjoyed a meal of deep-fried guinea-pig while on holiday in Peru and the howls of horror from her fellow carnivores back home were incomprehensible to me. Perhaps a fur-hating, puppy-burger-avoiding pig-muncher could pop in and explain where the line is and why?

    Aside from that, is populist (non-vegetarian) fur-hatred actually just a thinly-veiled form of attacking the rich? And if so, why don’t we stop looking at their coats and start looking at their tax loopholes…

    Or is it just an easy way of scoring ethical points without having to really do much (given that most of us couldn’t afford a mink coat, and they look ridiculous anyway) – far harder to give up the “cool” looking leather jacket, isn’t it?

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  11. You must have a PhD in psychology, with your deep insights with regards to ‘attacking the rich’ etc. Anyway, fur industry is cruel. Meat industry too, but in a lot of countries you can buy meat from livestock that had relatively good lives. A bit more expensive but if you cut down your meat consumption by half you can easily afford it. So there’s very little reason to participate in either cruel industry.

    Two industries that know damn well they should hide their cruel practices else their sales would drop. Their second most important task is to mask the suffering with stupid pictures of happy cows in green meadows or PR bullsh*t about ‘certified fur’.

    I think it should be mandatory by law for everyone who eats factory farmed meat or wears fur to see one day the handling and slaughtering and the handling and skinning respectively. Then we’d be either left with a (factory farmed) meatless and furless society, or a society full of sociopaths who lack basic empathy.

  12. We as human beings do not need fur to survive. I would hope that our society has evolved some. Maybe not.

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