5 Reasons Why We Must Wear Leather and Fur


The world is changing and, with it, our approach to consumption. As the impact of global warming worsens, many consumers are rethinking what they buy, and how much of it. “Local”, “organic” and “minimalism” are all buzzwords many of us are drawn to, and some people question the need to eat animals, or wear leather and fur. Where does that leave us with animal use?

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The use of animals is an ethical dilemma that many people question, but most people agree that if animals are well-treated, they are not in danger of becoming extinct, none of the animal is wasted, and the animal is put to good use, then it is acceptable for us to use and consume them.


Animal use is an integral part of many people’s lives, and is linked to essential products in our everyday life, such as medication, food, and clothing. Animals are used in medical testing in order to find cures to life-threatening diseases. We eat animals and while some people question the need to do this, there is plenty of evidence it can be done without harm to our planet. In fact, lots of land is better suited for pasture than for cultivation. And remember that animal manure is used to replenish the soil to grow crops. But if we are concerned about possible impacts, a small reduction in the amount of meat we consume – and waste – can go a long way. And lastly, we wear many types of animal products in order to protect ourselves from the elements. Fashion may not be essential, but clothing is. The need to keep warm in cold weather is a matter of life and death.


If you live in a cold country, you’ll need clothing that can protect you from the elements, and your choices should involve leather, fur, and other animal products. Why? Because there are no viable alternatives.

If we really care about the environment (and we all should because nothing else matters if we don’t have water and food and clean air), we will want to buy sustainable fashion products that use production processes that are not too harmful to the environment, that are long-lasting, and that are biodegradable. That is exactly what animal skins are. Yes, they aren’t perfect; leathers and furs use chemicals in their processing and finishing (like all other textiles), and sometimes the farming has an environmental impact. But when you consider how long a good fur coat or high-quality leather bag lasts, you’ll realize that the environmental damage is minimal compared to the lifespan of the item.

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So here they are, the five reasons why we must all wear leather and fur, and these reasons all point to the fact that there are simply no viable alternatives.

1. There are no alternatives that are biodegradable. The synthetic alternatives to fur and leather take much longer to biodegrade (50 years for treated leather vs. 500+ years for pleather), and even when they have “biodegraded”, there are still remains of the plastic particles in the soil, which we are now finding in our oceans and inside fish. Truth About Fur is in the process of conducting an experiment to prove that real fur biodegrades much faster than “faux”, and the results are more dramatic than even we expected.

2. There are no alternatives that are sustainable. Synthetics are made from petroleum by-products. You probably know that petroleum is not a renewable resource. The problems caused by the extraction and transport of petroleum are only a part of the issue, let’s not get started on the political issues (read: wars) that are caused by petroleum. Animals are a renewable, sustainable resource. (Actually, wool, down, and cashmere and other similar materials are sustainable, so these are certainly viable alternatives when it comes to winter coats. But the animal rights activists are against those, too, since they come from animals. Usually a sensible winter wardrobe would combine fur, leather, down, wool, and cashmere – you’ll never be cold.)

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3. There are no alternatives that are as long-lasting. While a fake fur or leather jacket may be sitting in a landfill for a few hundred years longer than its real counterpart, that doesn’t mean it is longer lasting in a fashion perspective. When well cared for, fur and leather items can last for decades, but fake leather and fur hardly do the same. Both look worn out much faster (and not in a cool way – like worn out leather), and they also don’t maintain their warmth or waterproof qualities. You don’t find many fake leather bags being handed down from one generation to the next, do you?

4. There are no alternatives that are as environment-friendly. The points above do a good job of making this argument, but we can add to this by talking about the processing. Yes, leather and fur require chemicals for processing (leather requiring more than fur as you need to remove the hairs from leather, whereas with fur you are aiming to protect them). But two important things to consider here are that (1) the chemicals used to “dress” furs are really quite benign, e.g., alum salts (which are sold in the pharmacy to add to your bath water for sore muscles), and (2), the longevity of leather and fur items means that the chemicals per wear are much less than a synthetic alternative. Your leather bag or fur coat may have used chemicals in its production, but the fact that it lasts you 30 years makes it a more environment-friendly option than the synthetic version, made from a non-renewable resource that requires chemicals in its processing, which then looks tatty after two seasons. Another important thing to consider is that no synthetic material looks good in its natural state, while fur is frequently used in its natural state (meaning its natural colours), reducing the need for bleaches and dyes.

5. There are no alternatives that are as safe. We’ve yet to fully understand the bodily harm coming from wearing synthetics, but there’s a great deal of research that shows that synthetic materials may contribute to health issues such as infertility, respiratory diseases, and cancer. Why take the risk when there are natural alternatives?

If you truly care about the planet and its inhabitants, you’ll make consumption decisions based on what’s best for us all. You might refuse to eat animals or watch them being used as entertainment, but it is impossible to deny that synthetic clothing is causing irreparable harm to our planet. Choose materials that are sustainable, long-lasting, and biodegradable. Choose fur and leather because there are no viable alternatives.



  • Hey dear, Thanks for sharing such great stuff. I very agree with this point “5. There are no alternatives that are as safe. We’ve yet to fully understand the bodily harm coming from wearing synthetics, but there’s a great deal of research that shows that synthetic materials may contribute to health issues such as infertility, respiratory diseases, and cancer. Why take the risk when there are natural alternatives?”

  • I found it interesting that you said that synthetic shoes are made from petroleum. My sister told me that she wanted to get a pair of comfortable shoes because she is always walking at her job. I{m going to let her know about trying leather shoes to check for its comforts.

  • Well to be honest! People forget their loved one! Reason? This world is like a stage and everyone plays their role and vanish! but sometimes people takes time to get over things and they are people not from the blood but those who have they spent time so much and have good bounding. But still one shoes doesn’t fit for all! I agree with your few concepts but in the end it all depends on the person who is suffering from!

  • Leather jackets have gained iconic status.
    They are generally gray, black or brown in color.
    Today, The leather jacket is not only outerwear which provides comfort during winters,
    it has been connected to various subcultures and even complete lifestyles.
    One of its best uses is the intimidating appearance it offers to the wearer.

  • The world is changing and, with it, our approach to consumption. Animal use is an integral part of many people’s lives, and is linked to essential products in our everyday life, such as medication, food, and clothing.

    • Very well said! I take animal use for granted – and we really should use animals, because they are a natural, renewable resource and they serve all 3 purposes (food, clothing, medical experiments) much better than any other material does. I hate activists, that try to put animals on equal footing to humans. I respect the value of animals’ lives, but the quality of people’s lives is more valuable. When a cow is killed humanely for meat and a leather jacket or a fox for a fur coat, it brings benefit for people and it is a good fulfilment of the life of the animal.

  • A vegan who loves wearing leather. I see absolutely no contradiction in following a plant based diet and wearing full leathers. Leather is the by product of meat eaters. It is only ecologically sound to use the skin of the animals. Rather than the hide go into landfill what can be more environmentally aware than using the skins to make usable artifacts. Leather is a very durable and long lasting material. People have been known to have had leather items of clothing for decades. Leather clothing lets people make very powerful and personal statements. Wearing black leather projects a strong personality within element of conformity whilst still promoting strong individualism.

    Leather is durable enough to be used as safety clothing. Look no further than your average biker. Leather is the usual choice for a biker jacket, jeans,gloves and boots. Here we can see the conformity to group mores of motorbike culture. The strong individualism is often expressed by customising the black leather jacket with studs, chains, badges and patches. These can vary depending on individual choice and preferences.

    Leather is not only hard and durable. It can also be soft, sophisticated, sexy and sensual. This is why leather as an allure beyond other materials. It provides the opportunity to be encased in another skin. This gives leather an advantage over other alternatives such as vegan leather, wool, or even fur. However when fur and leather are worn together OMG.

  • Hi,
    Well I agree that fur and leather are much more sustainable than petroleum, I was just wondering about the chemicals used to treat and create the products. What chemicals are they? Are those chemicals being regulated? Are they being reused? Can alternative chemicals be used instead? Genuine questions I have about the process.

    • Hi Abbigail, We have some information on the chemicals used in fur-dressing here: https://www.truthaboutfur.com/en/fur-processing-techniques As with every aspect of the fur trade these days, fur dressing is regulated, but your questions suggest you may be under the impression that harsh chemicals are used. This is no longer the case, and is a myth perpetuated by animal rights groups.

  • That was a really well written blog article. I specialize in offering furs and come in contact with some who are anti-fur yet they have leather bags, belts, wallets, shoes, etc.; and don’t think of anything of it. I did not think about other products we use that are made from animal by-products.

  • OF course someone from the Fur trade industry would promote wearing animal skin and fur! Nice try! Your arguments are weak and lack ethic. It is painfully evident you are promoting fur and leather sales to profit your businesses. I highly doubt you care about the earth and sustainability.

    • Prove it. Give one fact that doesn’t come from PETA that can disprove anything they’ve just said. How is wearing a rabbit skin more damaging to the environment than plastic? No emotion please, just facts.

    • Wow…this is not an argument, it’s an emotional outburst. Mankind has been using the skins of animals since the beginning of time. Some would argue it is biblical in scope, as in “God gave man dominion over the animals.” In any case, whether eating meat or wearing the skin of an animal, for whatever reason, is that not fulfilling the purpose of the animal in the first place? Animals are here for people, not the other way around. Is there nothing more pleasurable than a soft, supple leather or a lovely fur? The animal’s welfare is important. But it is also true that humans have rights and animals do not, other than being treated humanely. Let’s treat animals in a humane way and enjoy what they have to offer us; their meat and their skins.

      • A very good article. And I fully agree with your comment, Michael, although it isn’t “PETA-friendly” 🙂 You’ve written it perfectly! Personally, I MUST wear fut firstly, because it is simply the most comfortable, soft and elegant material. That’s enough to love it… I would never wear faux fur. Of course it is pleasant to help to the environment and to the healthy animal population management by buying real fur, additionally. The anti-fur “arguements” are purely emotional: Lovely animals have to be killed only for someone’s warm clothing, how unjust… I like animals and I also like foxes, whose fur my fur coat is made of. But naturally I eat meat and wear leather every day – and fur is only another form of use of animals. Yes! We are humans, we use animals, how we have always done, there’s nothing bad about it! Only nowadays, some young urban people, having never seen a living cow, eat meat, but oppose to wear fur, because “fur comes from animals:” ). That hystery is what I hate. I am proud to wear fur: it keeps me in warmth and comfort and it is healthy both for me and for nature!

    • So true Caryn! Some leathers are from exotic animals and are not byproducts…snakeskin, lizard…but much of the leather used…lambskin, cowhide, sheep, etc., is a byproduct of the meat industry. If most people eat meat, why not use the skins for natural and beautiful products like you mention? There is so much hypocrisy, especially about leather vs. fur. Both are animal products. Both are natural and sustainable. And both feel and look really good and produce that special feeling that comes from the real thing!

    • Thanks, Lucas! Nice comment and I completely agree. My girlfriend is very fur friendly and we both buy furs for each other, along with some very nice leathers. Lambskin slacks for her, a new lambskin jacket for me for Christmas. There is no denying the very special feeling only real fur and leather produces, it is a feeling of owning a special, sensual luxury. There is nothing else like it. Why deny the truth that people love fur and leather and the animals that provide it simply have their role to play. Many would not even exist if it wasn’t for the fur and leather industry.

      • Thank you for your answer, Michael. Would like to see you and your girlfried once, because you must look perfect in winter! And you describe the feeling of wearing fur and leather exactly. Wearing fur is not only about the qualitilies, but there is also a special feeling of the luxury, that you are in a natural material, made from real animals… That’s what gives the value to our garment. And of course it is the fulfillment of the animals’ lives, because that animals do live only in order to become our food or our leather/fur garment! For example, a farmed fox eats and sleeps only and is useful for nobody untill it is skinned and manufactured into a warm fur. I don’t have anything against foxes, they are nice animals. But the animal lovers’ idea, that I mustn’t wear fur so that no fox suffers, is totally ridiculous for me :-)! I see the animals’ value (wild animals included) mainly with regard to the humans. Nowadays, animals’ suffering is minimalised due to humane slaughtering anyway. Fur is completely sustainable, ecological and perfect for the wearers and for our planet. So the fur opposers can use no arguements, but sentiment only.

  • Hi there,
    I found your arguments very intriguing as you went on and stated that wearing fur and leather are more environmentally friendly than wearing petroleum-based fabrics. But can you tell me the different kinds of chemicals used to treat cow hides in order to produce leather, and can you tell me how much methane and ammonia are released from the amount of animal excrement on fur farms around the world?
    And judging by the comments above, most people aren’t aware how coyote’s and wolves are treated before they are slaughtered “Humanely”, ‘Cough, Cough’. I would just like to hear your opinion as I am genuinely interested in this topic and have produced many research papers as a result of the treatment of animals on fur farms, as well as having quite a lot of experience in fur farms in North America as well as in China and South Korea.

    • Hi William, there are several questions here, so let’s keep it brief. Leather production is not the same as fur dressing as the hair has to be removed. Since it’s really not our area of expertise, you should be asking this question to a leather producer. And since leather is produced in many countries, you will doubtless find different regulations governing the release of effluents into the environment. Re: methane and ammonia production by farmed animals, there are many studies on this, but you can be quite sure fur farms are not major contributors. Methane seems to be more of a problem with ruminants such as cows, while problems associated with excessive ammonia concentrations seem to arise with truly large-scale livestock operations such as some dairy cow farms. Even the largest fur farm is tiny by comparison. As for the “treatment” of coyotes and wolves, our readers are surely more aware of the truth than the general populace, since many of them are trappers and wildlife managers. But since you have produced “many research papers” on fur farms, and have worked on them on two continents, you surely know the answers to many of your own questions already, right?

  • Why does your article say nothing about animals being skinned alive, tortured, and abused for leather, down, and fur? Have you ever been to fur farms? Just google it, I bet you will never ever want to wear fur again

    • Hi Tatyana, rest assured that every member of the Truth About Fur team has spent time on fur farms. Collectively, we have first-hand knowledge of every aspect of the modern fur trade. Farmed furbearers are never skinned alive or “tortured” because (a) it would be morally wrong, and (b) it would make no sense to do so. Please see our post “5 reasons why it’s ridiculous to claim animals are skinned alive” (http://www.truthaboutfur.com/blog/5-reasons-animals-are-not-skinned-alive/).

      If you ever come across a video of farmed furbearers being skinned alive that meets the following criteria, please email us and we will investigate. (1) The animals are being raised for fur. (2) The video was not produced by, or use footage from, Swiss Animal Protection. If it shows footage of an Asiatic raccoon being skinned alive in a Chinese market, this video was almost certainly staged. PETA and many other animal rights groups still promote this video.

    • You are without a brain when typing your comment. While there is no doubt that in certain countries animals are being tortured and sick individuals take pleasure in the torturing of these animals it has nothing to do with the article’s argument that animal fur & skins as well as animal products are vastly superior. Of course we would obtain them in a humane way and we would not torture the animal. rather they would probably have them put down in a humane way and after they have died, their skins, furs removed and all other important parts such as meats etc.

  • Right! I’ve been studying synthetic materials since entering the petroleum field and have been shocked at what I’ve found. These synthetic petrofibers are terrible for the environment and provoke immense issues when manufactured and when eventually disposed of. Ultimately the world could do better by using natural furs and skins, as well as cotton and hemp materials, to avoid the accumulation of non degradable materials we’re throwing away daily by the ton.

    I’ve enjoyed furs in a limited way all my life, and my recent exposure to synthetics make me more apt to purchase natural materials in the future.

  • Wow! That’s a different approach to the topic. I agree that it is natural and for ages we were using them, now the fashin and ecology is pushing whole world to think differently. But anyways, it is personal matter 🙂

  • The arguments posted here( seem for the most part) genuinely thought through. We all can only speak about what we know. I have never lived in a -0 climate. Sorry if I used the wrong term. I do not know how animals are treated from one farm to another. I have seen some factory farms and that alone caused me to check out animal rights groups. It would seem thinking logically that there are many ways to handle animals and to different variants the degree of what humanely treated means. Individual, family, religious, region etc. What is the environmental impact of such pre-stated? I mull this all through my aching head constantly. I have trouble with the folks who think it’s any worse to eat a pig in one culture/ region than a dog in another. The intelligence of animals not only mirror other animals, but said humans as well. What we do or not to animals, plants, the environment etc. effects everything and everyone on this planet, (and at least some outer space?). I personally am struggling with eating anything that had a face. Partly because I have no idea how this animal met it’s death and I’ve no clue what chemicals it was exposed to or injected with. Can I even feel safe physically or consciously with wearing leather or fur for instance: because it’s stated that the animal died of natural causes, was humanly treated during it’s life, lived on chemical free land and was fed only organic GMO free food per it’s individual need.The same can be said for my dilemma of the aforementioned ” with a face”. I believe that I would truly be kidding myself. Even if I did the entire process myself, I’ve heard that none of the water on this planet remains non polluted and animal feed is never GMO free ? That I can imagine is true. “Wow” I didn’t expect I had quite so much to say. I can understand most of the arguments here. I myself have some real fur coats that I found at a re-sale shop. To whom and in what way would the fact that I purchased them and I used the garments matter? I could go on… anyone can. Im open to appropriately stated arguments or agreements. I’m not sure anyone will even see this. Hmmm?

  • Wait, did you say synthetic fur is not environment friendly?
    I saw this article in my debate homework(I am from south korea), and I found this again in Google.
    If you say that synthetic fur is harmful for the environment, do you MEAN that synthetic fur is not harmful at all? The substances that go in the animal fur and leather we are wearing, they also harm the environment. And animal killing can harm the environment too. You can use vegan clothing like cotton,etc as an alternative to this.
    Well, I hope you can all change your minds with this reply.

    • I’m afraid we meant what we said. All clothing made from petrochemicals, including fake fur, is very harmful to the environment. Everything humans do has an impact on the environment, and that includes cotton and other forms of monoculture, which remove habitat, harm the soil, and incidentally kill large numbers of smaller animals. We’re glad you’re committed to researching your clothing choices, and encourage you to continue.

  • OK you PETA folk & radical vegan-vegetarians! Fur/leather/wool/feathers/cashmere/fleece/down has been used since the beginning of human history! Were folk like the Eskimo/Inuit/Aleutians/American Indians living in cold temperate areas of North America, Europeans(especially northern Europeans/Russians/Siberian peoples have always used these animal products to keep warm!!!!! OK in the last 100-130 plus years synthetic materials have been used in addition to natural materials! Even though in the last 30 or so years synthetics have improved like “thinsulate” e.c.t. it seems that naturals still work better especially in the colder & coldest areas! Synthetics work with lesser cold/chilly/cool & mild weather & in meso-thermal climates, than the freezing/sub-freezing/sub-zero cold in micro-thermal climates! I live in semi-tropical zone ten south Florida & it use to be we could wear winter clothing sometimes in the winter but this almost never happens now! I wish that at least in the winter it would go back to what it use to be back 40-50 plus years ago with frost happening several times during the winter & occasional cool days that almost neverhappen anymore! we can go 10-12 years without a night-time frost & when frost happens it is patchy & light! I always saw myself ice-skating & into other winter sports if I lived in a cold micro-thermal continental climate !!!!! BTW the few temperate decidious trees here in south Florida like the Bald Cypresses mock & imitate the tropical & subtropical trees in their leaf exchange from October til April/May! Tropical trees can loose their leaves but the rules are not the same as for temperate decidous trees & it is the dryness in winter & not tempetures & any rainfall can trigger new green leaf growth!

  • I had no idea that authentic fur clothing can last decades. I can see why this would be something to keep in mind when shopping of fur clothing. My wife loves coats that keep her really warm in the winter. I’ll have to shop around for an authentic fur coat that will last a long time.

    • Those who think synthetics can replace natural fur and down should consider that most synthetics are made with petroleum, a non-renewable resource, and also that recent research has revealed that synthetic microfibers can cause considerable harm to wildlife: “When washed, plastic microfibers break off and a single jacket can produce up to 250,000 fibers in washing machine effluent. Less than 1 mm in size, they make their way through wastewater plants and into marine environments where they have been found to enter the food chain. Microfibers make up 85 percent of human made debris on shorelines around the world according to a 2011 study.” (http://www.ecowatch.com/story-of-stuff-microfibers-2294645216.html) Perhaps natural fur and down are not such frivolous choices after all.

      See also: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/20/microfibers-plastic-pollution-oceans-patagonia-synthetic-clothes-microbeads

      • Let us consider all aspects, from the toxic chemicals to treat the hides, to the suffering of the animal before, the method of killing, the amount of food to keep them alive till we kill them, and in the case of leather especially, the waste and expulsion of methane, fecal runoff into drinking water, etc, it quickly becomes apparent the small amount of waste you talk about with synthetic material and no waste in lower climate with organic cotton and other plant based material at lower climates is small compared to the enormity of the problems with the leather and fur industry

        • Synthetic petroleum-made clothing should be more ecological than a material completely given by nature! LOL!! In fact, I don’t take seriously anything what PETA says. People mustn’t eat meat, people mustn’t eat eggs, people mustn’t wear leather, people mustn’t wear fur, people mustn’t wear feather, people mustn’t wear wool… And animal rights are untouchable, so coyotes, beavers and otters have the right to harm the landscape, seals have the right to decimate fishes… Sorry, but instead of an animal tyrany, I would prefer pest animals to be controlled and the furs from them to be used for clothing.

  • WOW… i cant wait till they start making coats out of human skin!!
    i’ll buy the one made from the person who wrote this article..

      • It’s not insane. Think about it. The actions to obtain skin would be exactly the same, the so called ”human treatment”, no waste policy, etc.

        If there is a moral difference, based on who the victim is, it should be logically supported, no?

  • I live up around the 63rd parallel in Canada’s north and I can tell you that after 10 years of attempting to live here wearing a synthetic jacket I finally did what I should have done a long time ago – bought a Canada Goose parka. It’s the only thing that’s warm enough at -40 and the coyote fur has a purpose – it creates a microclimate with your breath around the face to prevent frostbite. Ethical, sustainable harvest and mindful consumption are the key.

    • It isn’t minus 40 where I am but even at minus 5, if I am standing in the dog park for an hour, I need my Canada Goose to keep me warm. No question that those jackets do the job.

      • If you read the article on this website – “5 Reasons Why PETA Won’t Make Me Ditch My Canada Goose”, and you have seen the video under number 1 and don’t find it disturbing then there is no humanity in you

        • … which, we suppose, just goes to show that we all see things differently. We have highlighted that video specifically because it shows the perfect way to dispatch a trapped coyote.

        • I have no problem to watch animals being dispatched humanely and that video is exactly the case. A perfect gunshot, a quick death, the animal did not suffer. Please don’t write such emotional comments, if you don’t know what you write about. I have read the whole article and I would recommend it to everybody. It describes very nicely, what is the role of the coyote trapping is and how important, but humane way of the animal control it is. I’ve started to think about buying a coyote hide as a decoration…

  • Leather degrades within 50 years? Are you actually being serious? Antique leather products have been dug up that are tens of thousands of years old, leather isn’t the same as regular animal skin, it is treated with extremely harmful chemicals that are ruining our environment, animal agriculture industry being perfectly fine for the environment you say? you seriously need to do some reasearch.. Animal agriculture is the single most detrimental attribute to our entire planet thanks to the human race being complete incompetent fools that do not realise there is absolutely no need to kill animals and if only everybody else lived a more ethical way then so would the rest of the world because apparently the human race is made up of retarded sheep that cannot think for themselves

    • They have also found human remains over a thousand years old, but that doesn’t mean all human remains don’t decompose, it just means that sometimes, in very specific conditions, natural items do not decompose.

      And living in a ethical way DOES NOT mean living without killing animals. Consuming less is key – less meat, less leather, less fur. But suggesting that a vegan planet would save us all is ridiculous. We are better off using natural resources RESPONSIBLY than trying to turn everyone into vegans and wearing outerwear made of petroleum.

    • Hi Hermit, you may be relieved to know that Truth About Fur is doing exactly the research you call for, and not just on the Internet. See The Great Fur Burial here: http://www.truthaboutfur.com/blog/great-fur-burial-part-3/

      As Alexandra indicates, special conditions are required for any organic matter to resist decomposition, the most important of which are an anaerobic environment (lack of air) and cold. The samples in our test have spent six months under ground, in winter, and already the leather is frail. We don’t have access to a tropical rain forest, but if the same sample were placed above ground in the Amazon, it would probably have vanished by now.

  • These 5 reasons to wear leather fur are amazing, I always try wearing leather jackets but now I would try this also 🙂 Thanks for sharing something new with me I want to appreciate you for that

  • Every living thing ends up food for some other living thing. We humans try to deprive fellow beings of our last contribution by cremation but the combustion products still return to the environment so we will be food.
    Early life used CO2 but then plants developed chlorophyll that let them pull carbon from the atmosphere and poop oxygen into it. Life that had been living for eons was devastated and has never recovered. We humans think we are affecting the environment but we are minuscule compared to green plants.
    Use of animals by humans is part of a system that has been going on for eons however we are the first to contemplate our role in it.
    We are also the first to consciously empathize with those we raise for food and provide for their physical and emotional welfare.
    Dying happens to every living thing however when humans end the life of an animal they take steps to do so in a way that is humane. No other animal does that.
    We are the most ethical creatures that have ever lived and in that group I include farmers, trappers and abattoirs.

    • Ken –
      While I can agree with your statement that the use of animals by humans is part of a system that has been going on for eons, I don’t quite understand the second part of your statement. We are the first of who? No matter though. What I’d really like to address is your comment that “We are also the first to consciously empathize with those we raise for food and provide for their physical and emotional welfare”. Also your other comment that “…when humans end the life of an animal they take steps to do so in a way that is humane.” O.M.G. Were you high when you wrote and posted these comments?

      Do yourself a favor Ken and become informed. Because the fact of the matter is that this world is Hell on Earth for most of the Animal Kingdom.

      Pick yourself up a copy of the book titled “Dominion: The Power of Man, The Suffering of Animals, and The Call to Mercy”. You can find a used copy on Amazon for less than $10.00. The Author, Matthew Scully, worked as a Speechwriter in the 2000 Presidential campaign, served as a Special Assistant & Senior Speechwriter for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2004, wrote speeches for Vice Presidents Dan Quayle & Dick Cheney, Governor Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania, and Bob Dole.

      Matthew has done his homework and, based on the comments you posted, I think the facts will shock you. And they should shock you…

  • I have no idea about fur but now leather accessories are in demand like leather jackets, leather coats, biker leather jackets etc. Biker leather jackets are my favorite. I always search biker leather jackets instead of this I would like to buy leather jackets from my favourite online store.

  • This can be a tricky topic to cover, but we think you handled it well. A lot of factors go into whether you support genuine leather and furs. We support it because we believe fur is green and a renewable resource. Also there are strict regulations from the state to international levels on the fur trade. Overall, the pros outweigh the possible cons.

  • This is stupid.

    Synthetic clothes are bad for the environment?

    Don’t wear them then. Doesn’t mean you have to kill animals instead, does it?

    There are alternatives to both faux fur and leather and real fur and leather.

    If everyone started wearing fur and leather, the harm to the animals would be unforgivable. It already is. Go and watch some fur farm footage and tell me this isn’t an abominable behaviour.

    And it isn’t even sustainable, anyway. You can’t just go and get the fur. First you have to breed countless animals, feed them (those crops have got to come from somewhere) and house them for a few years and then slaughter them and skin them. Not to mention transport. Almost all the leather in the world comes from India and China (from cows that were tortured and abused).

    This article makes out like everyone lives in really cold climates. Newsflash; most people don’t.

    Stop kidding yourselves. Find real solutions to your problems and do not contradict yourself, it weakens your argument (you talk about it like fashion isn’t important at first and then you blatantly start going on about how cool fur and leather look. Insane.)

    • Newsflash: most of the readers of this blog probably live in cold climates. This is a blog about the fur trade in North America and one can presume that the majority of its readers live in North America or Europe.

      And I’ve done better than watching fur farm footage (which is almost always edited to look horrific or staged), I have been to fur farms myself, in Canada, Sweden Finland, and Denmark. The animals are extremely well-treated.

      Also, you don’t always have to breed animals to get fur. There’s this amazing thing called wild fur. It’s all over the hoods of the Canada Goose parkas and countless other coats. Wild fur is completely sustainable.

      Meanwhile, fur farms use by-products from the human food chain (fish eggs or broken eggs) to feed their animals, their carcasses are turned into fertilizer or biofuels. Also, there is no transport, they are euthanized on site. Again, the definition of sustainable.

      So, tell us about these non-animal, non synthetic materials we can wear when it is cold or raining?

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