Most people with an ounce of compassion think it’s barbaric to kill animals for their fur, but we often don’t give a second thought to those animals who are killed and skinned for their ‘leather’.
I was at a bar the other night and a woman walked in wearing a fur coat. My group of friends were disgusted and spent the next ten minutes wondering (loudly!) how anyone could be so cruel and tacky. But then I realised that most of my friends were wearing leather and I thought, what’s the difference?
The answer is not much. Both the fur and leather industry involve the death of millions of innocent animals every year. Whether they come from a Chinese fur farm or our local slaughter house, animals suffer immensely for our fur jackets and trims as well as our leather jackets, belts, shoes and bags. At fur farms, animals are suffocated, electrocuted, gassed, poisoned, bludgeoned and sometimes skinned alive. Cows raised for their leather undergo unanaesthetized castration, branding, tail-docking and dehorning, and at the slaughterhouse have their throats sliced open and skin ripped off, often while fully conscious.
We are shelling out hundreds of dollars for the latest fashions, not even thinking about the cost in innocent lives, not even thinking that every piece of fur and leather is bought with the unnecessary suffering of an animal.
There simply is no good reason for the use of fur and leather clothing in today’s society with the many trendy, hip and fashionable synthetic alternatives for men and women. Before you purchase your next fur or leather clothing item, imagine having your skin ripped from your flesh whilst still being conscious and think again!
Make an active choice to cut animal products from your clothing by always checking the labels. You can look great and wear eco friendly clothing without harming animals in the process.