Fashion stretched too far: saying no to fur!!
Fur might be considered to be very glamorous and luxurious, but one thought about an innocent animal being skinned in order to look good should make people with a conscience get up and take an ideological stand against fur trade. While fur may look good on one’s shoulders, one should also consider the cost at which such an item is being obtained. One’s vanity should never cost another creature its life, and a substantial amount of fur costs many lives and a lot of money too.
PETA, the worldwide organization working for animal rights did a lot of research on the fur trade, and they came up with substantial proof and numbers about the grisly truth about this inhuman industry. While the majority of fur factories are in Europe (about fifty eight percent), there are quite a few of them in North America, Argentina, China and Russia. The most demanded fur is that of the Minks, but the furs of other “exotic” animals are also in demand. While the smaller animals are bred in the fur trade farms, the more exotic ones are poached from the forests.
The animals which are kept in the farm are kept under terrible circumstances. No heed is paid to their mental or physical well-being and the owners as well as traders are equally careless about how these animals should be killed. Since most of the animals in the fur farms are still not completely domesticated as a species, they are usually under terrible amounts of stress because of being kept captive. They are, more often than not, stuffed into tiny cages which barely gives them any scope to move around. They usually end up being disease-ridden, and incredibly sick and stressed. The slaughter methods used for these animals are also very ugly. They are not killed in a humane manner, but are disposed off, in the cheapest methods possible.
Apart from the animals being treated so badly, the ecology also stands to suffer just because some people want fur on their clothes. Because of this completely unjustified demand, these animals are killed at random, without any thought about either them or the environment. Most of the traders who are involved with fur trade, are not the least bit bothered about the environment. They are usually concerned with how much money the fur will fetch for them.
Even if you’re not buying fur directly, you should take an ideological stand against the trade itself. Any shop/brand which indulges in the selling of fur should be ostracized by people, and one should not be content with simply resisting to buy a fur jacket. One should take a determined stand to make sure that this trade is discouraged as much as possible. If we wash our hands off this issue, one the pretext that we ourselves do not buy fur, we are not making enough of a difference. A woman is that much more beautiful when she is not draping a hapless creature’s skin around her shoulders for the sake of vanity. Demand is the one major thing which spurs on the supply. We should make sure that we do our bit in curbing this demand as much as possible.