I was thinking the other day about wearing fur. Fur animal coats (not the faux ones) to be specific.
I had an instant sense of revulsion thinking about it, because it is as if I am draping an entire animal around my shoulders and calling it a day.
… but then I thought: Is it really all that bad?
I mean I’m really just a hypocrite if I think like that about fur, because of all the other things I do.
Unless you are a full-fledged vegan who has shunned ALL animal products, you really can’t be against fur all that strongly.
I EAT MEAT ON OCCASION
Let it be known that I am not a fan of mass-produced meat.
Nowadays, the most amount of meat I’ll eat is a drumstick-portion a day.
The rest of my meals are vegetarian, and I haven’t missed cutting out all that meat since.
If I eat a steak, it is a steak that will turn into 4 separate meals because I find a single steak to hold too much meat for a single meal.
For me, meat is more for flavour and texture, and then I pile on the vegetables and grains.
I don’t need much meat to be satisfied, but I do like a little of it.
I WEAR LEATHER AND OWN LOTS OF LEATHER ITEMS
Boots, bags, jackets.. I like leather. I like the look and feel of it, and I do soothe myself into thinking: Well we’re eating the cow anyway.. why not use the skin too?
Is fur any different?
Sure, we don’t eat mink, but I am sure they find a use for that meat some how, perhaps by putting it into animal feed or what have you.
.. but what’s the difference between a mink and a cow, really..? Aren’t they both animals?
IS IT REALLY JUST ABOUT THE WAY ANIMALS ARE TREATED OR FARMED FOR THEIR FUR?
Killing elephants just because you like the ivory of their tusks is something that is just really stupid in my opinion, mostly because it’s going to drive them into extinction and I am fairly sure they don’t do anything with the meat or the skin. They just harvest the tusks and leave the food for the other animals to pick through.
But is it really any better than what we are doing to get meat by raising cows en masse in cages to feed our growing consumption for whackloads of meat with everything we eat?
For all those huge rib fests? Barbecue get-downs? All of it resulting in higher healthcare costs, obesity and sickness?
Do we eat so much meat because we enjoy eating it, or is it because we’re used to eating it and we can’t change?
So how is that any better than if someone were to wear a secondhand fur coat, or to buy a vintage fur?
Is it really any better to overload the Earth with more and more cows raised just for meat consumption, compared to fur coat purchases?
How is a cow or a pig different from your pet dog? Or your cat? Or a mink?
I guess I am trying to figure out what the morality is here in condemning fur, but then feeling totally fine with wearing cow skin on your feet, in your bag, or on your back.