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Wearing fur is an outdated and unethical fashion choice that has been around for centuries. Millions of animals are raised and cruelly killed every year for their fur to be turned into coats and accessories. These animals, including minks, rabbits, chinchillas, and many others, are extremely intelligent creatures who deserve to be treated as sentient beings, not as fashion items. In recent years, the fashion industry has been moving away from using fur and towards more sustainable options. With numerous animal-friendly and eco-friendly alternatives now available, there is no excuse for the continued use of fur in fashion.
Here are five reasons why wearing fur is cancelled, and why you should be choosing kinder alternatives.
1. Animal Cruelty
The most obvious reason why wearing fur is outdated and unethical is because of the animal cruelty involved in the process. The fur trade is known to be a major source of animal abuse, where around one hundred million animals each year, including foxes, rabbits, raccoon dogs and mink are bred and kept in cramped barren, wire cages, and subjected to painful methods of killing on intensive fur farms. These naturally curious animals are subjected to great amounts of mental distress and their quality of life is nonexistent. This is why many fashion brands have made the honorable decision to stop using fur in their products and switch to more ethical and sustainable alternatives.
The fur industry is simply unsustainable and poses a severe threat to our planet and animals. The production of fur is incredibly resource-intensive and requires large amounts of energy, water, and other resources to raise and process the animals used for fur. This can lead to deforestation, water Pollution, and air Pollution. Additionally, the chemicals used to treat the fur such as formaldehyde, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, which are toxic to both humans and animals can leach into the environment and have a devastating impact on wildlife. With so many sustainable and fur-free options on the market to choose from, there’s no reason not to make the switch!
3. Ethical Alternatives
There are a variety of ethical fashion brands moving away from fur and using more ethical and sustainable materials. This shift is being driven by consumer demand for more sustainable and ethical fashion, as well as the increasing availability of sustainable materials. These innovative brands are using recyclable and sustainable fibers such as hemp, organic cotton, tencel, and recycled 100% post-consumer plastic to create faux fur puffer jackets and coats that feel and look luxe and high quality. In addition to sustainable materials, brands are making ethical production methods a priority, implementing fair trade, eco-friendly and circular economy practices so you can look good and feel good about the clothes you are wearing.
4. Biodiversity Loss
It is estimated that millions of animals are captured via body-gripping traps every year, which is a careless and painful method of capturing one type of animal while simultaneously inflicting pain and death to many others within the fur farming industry. This inhumane practice not only puts the lives of non-target animals at risk but also significantly impacts the biodiversity and populations of endangered species. The steel-jaw trap is another widely used trap that kills millions of raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, beavers, and other fur-bearing animals every year and is being banned in a growing number of states. Trapping and fur farming can also lead to a decrease in the number of prey species, which can further disrupt the balance of the ecosystem. Fur farms present a severe threat to biodiversity, particularly for endangered species.
5. It’s Unfashionable
As people become more aware of the environmental and ethical implications of wearing fur, they are turning away from it and looking for more sustainable alternatives. Brands and consumers alike are choosing to make the switch to more conscious materials such as faux fur, organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, and recycled clothing instead. Many high fashion brands such as Gucci, Armani, and Versace have all announced that they will no longer use fur in their collections. This is a clear sign that wearing fur is becoming increasingly unfashionable. In 2023, sustainable and minimalist fashion is taking over. People want high-quality, cruelty-free, and timeless pieces that will last for years to come. The good news is that there are plenty of ethically produced, sustainable, cruelty-free and fashionable clothing brands made without animals!
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