Why this Bunny will Wear Fur again

Thanksgiving was particularly cold. As I prepared to go to a dinner party, I reached back into an area of my closet for rarely used items and pulled out a silk zipper bag. There was dust on the top, and I realized that it had not been disturbed since I placed it there the day we moved into our new house eight years ago. I was afraid to look inside.

Much to my delight, the red fox jacket was every bit as beautiful as it was the day it was purchased 20 years earlier.

I hadn’t worn fur for a good 10 years. I had allowed myself to be intimidated by a few radical animal-rights extremists. I had kidded myself into thinking that if I just bided my time, these people would tire of their tirades and the whole anti-fur movement would just die out.

This never works. All it does is empower them.

Having successfully intimidated sizeable numbers of fur fanciers, they moved on to other things. They went after meat eaters of all types ? from beef, pork, chicken, fowl and fish. Then, they tried to make us feel guilty about using animal products.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals went over the top when it ran an ad aimed at college students suggesting they drink beer instead of milk.

If we don’t use cows for hamburger and we don’t use their milk, what do we do with all the cows?

Can’t you see all those emancipated cows roaming around, wandering in and out of our yards, leaving their droppings on our sidewalks and playgrounds and tying up traffic on our streets? That is utterly ridiculous!

These radical animal-rights activists believe there is no difference between human beings and animals. In their economy, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy ? we are all the same, except they are willing to cut the four-legged variety some slack. You never hear them moaning about all the smaller animals that are torn to shreds and eaten by foxes, but we humans are immoral for killing foxes, even if it is done more humanely.

The fur industry in this country has an excellent record and plays an important role in wildlife management and conservation. No species is endangered or threatened by the legitimate fur trade today. In fact, the overpopulation of animals can cause serious problems for other animals and the environment.

Just as there are strict regulations governing livestock and the care of animals used in medical research, humane care standards have been implemented by the fur industry and many of the animals used in the fur trade are raised on farms.

I tried on my fox jacket. I had selected a style that is timeless and goes with everything from jeans to evening gowns. It is light, warm, practical and, yes, even cost effective. Nothing I have ever owned has given me so many years of faithful service.

Also, fur is a lot friendlier to the environment than its synthetic counterparts. Faux furs require one gallon of petroleum oil for every three jackets manufactured and fake furs do not biodegrade.

I thought about why I stuffed this beautiful garment in the rear of my closet. There is no difference in wearing a fur, eating a hamburger, setting a mouse trap or getting out the Raid to kill ants or flies. After all, the animal-rights movement tells us that these creatures are of equal importance.

Why do some people flinch at wearing a fur and think nothing of downing a steak or killing a cockroach?

I suppose it’s because cockroaches are ugly and furry animals are cute even though some of them, if given a chance, would tear your heart out.

The truth is I had stopped wearing fur because I had seen news reports of animal-rights activists throwing red paint on fur wearers and I had hoped for a day that these people were locked away behind bars, which is where they belong.

Yes, the fear of having a beautiful garment ruined had its effect even though the Fur Council, through its retailers, has a standing offer to clean or, if necessary, replace any garment that is damaged in that way.

I made up my mind I would no longer be a prisoner of these animal-rights activists and their radical friends who are out destroying SUVs and research labs.

I went off to the party in my beautiful fur jacket.

Up with fur ? down with roaches!

There is a big difference in animal welfare and animal rights. I was making a statement.

Enough is enough!

3 thoughts on “Why this Bunny will Wear Fur again

  1. Dear Jane,

    I’m a graphic designer working in Falmouth, UK.

    I stumbled upon your blog during a research period on
    my studios latest campaign brief (anti-fur).

    It crossed my mind that pro-fur activists would be a perfect
    starting point for unpacking this problem. (not that I’m labelling you an activist) πŸ™‚

    After reading with some interest your views on the issue as well as
    its various associated extremists I wonder if maybe a media hysteria has
    clouded somewhat the point behind the argument.

    Surely we should not concern ourselves necessarily with the loss of
    life but more in the way in which those life’s are taken.

    Cruelty is after all at the heart of this matter and surely we as morally
    astute beings shouldn’t allow our own comfort or fashion concerns
    to blind us from a very real problem?


    Simon Corry


  2. Dear Simon,

    Thank you for taking the time to write to me. Cruelty is wrong, and should not be tolerated by humans in civilized society.

    You said that you read the views of “various associated extremists,” did you mean those of pro-fur activists?

    I do hope that you also read my column “The Fur Flies” which covers some of the anti-fur extremists.

    I love animals. I own three cats that live like queens but often rescue baby bunnies and birds which they catch from time to time — despite being well fed.

    I belong to the zoo society and love watching animal films but have to turn away when they tear their prey limb from limb. As I said in that column, In the U.S. “fur farms are not only regulated by state governments β€” just like the farms that raise animals for food and fiber β€” the Fur Commission operates under strict guidelines established with the guidance of the American Veterinary Medical Association.”


  3. Dear Jane,

    My apologies I meant to imply activists both pro and anti, it’s always astounding
    to see how many people manage to lose site of the message by falling pray
    to political agenda.

    You have anti activists on one side acting like those stated in your “the fur flies”
    blog, just to try and drive a point home and pro activists on the other branding
    anyone with a moral objection some sort of peta trained terrorist.

    As a result of all the hostilities flying from one side to another everyone concerned
    manages to miss the point, about the cruelty of captivity and the treatment
    these animals face at the hands of their morally bankrupt breeders.

    I am glad to hear that you have an appreciation for animals, I to
    have a couple of felines running about the place πŸ™‚


    Simon Corry


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