Post # 1
Ok ladies, I just gotta ask this… because it’s bothered me forever!
I have, in my relatively short life, inherited and been given several fur pieces. Some of them are over 70 years old, the newest was given to me 10 years ago…they are mink, raccoon and fox. We are in the foothills Colorado, it’s not a terribly unusual thing to walk into someone’s house and see a mounted deer or elk head on the wall, buffallo rugs are pretty common and I personally know several people who make a living as ranchers….
When I do wear one of these pieces out, and it’s not like I go to the store in them, I’ve been met with vary levels of reception to them which range from a compliment to a public browbeating….
My question is, what’s your stance on it, please be nice, AND regardless of your feelings surounding fur in fashion, would you ever actually confront a stranger for simply wearing it?
Post # 3
I would not confront a stranger wearing fur, because thats really not socially acceptable in my opinion to just verbally attack strangers for their choices.
Having said that I am anti-fur
Post # 4
I wouldn’t confront a stranger because it is your right to wear it as you please, but I’m totally against it.
Post # 5
Ehh, I’m not a fan. I have a mink jacket I inherited from my grandmother and have never worn it. It hangs way back in a corner of a guest-room closet. I can’t bring myself to get rid of it because it was hers, but I would never feel comfortable wearing it either, so it just hangs there.
Morally, I don’t see a big difference between fur and leather. I wear leather shoes and belts and have leather purses, so I don’t think I have any room to condemn someone for wearing fur. And I would NEVER confront anyone for wearing fur, just as I wouldn’t confront anyone for doing anything else just because I find it distasteful.
Post # 6
I am against wearing fur myself, but I would never confront a stranger (or even somebody that I knew) for chosing to wear it.
Post # 7
It’s incredibly rude for people do give you a browbeating, stranger or not. If someone doesn’t believe in killing animals, that’s their own belief and they shouldn’t flog you for not following their beliefs. They are dumb.
Post # 8
No, I wouldn’t confront a person I didn’t know about wearing fur. Personally, it skeeves me out and I wouldn’t wear it, but I have leather shoes/bags/car seats etc. so I’m not one to judge, and I bet most of the people who confront you are wearing leather too. I have to say, wearing the fur of a raccoon is extra strange (just IMO).. I think of them as dirty, grimy animals who rummage through trash.
Post # 9
Whether you think it is murder or not is irrelevant because obviously the animal had to die to make your pretty coat/shawl/jacket etc but the same can be said for your hotdogs and hamburgers. The point of the issue is that the fur trade adopts inhumane and unethical processes to make a “pretty” piece of clothing. The animals suffer a great deal of unimagineable torture to provide a small quantity of fur.
I will say what I say out right to anyone I encounter wearing fur (yes I voice my opinions to those I don’t know), if you choose to wear it that is your choice but at least educate yourself on the fur trade. If after watching, listening and learning you still feel comfortable supporting the wearing of fur then that is your decision. I am not going to try to force anyone to feel as I do, I just want everyone to be educated on the matter.
Post # 10
@Neva: There is a BIG difference between fur and leather
Post # 11
I don’t believe that openly confronting someone about wearing fur is going to change their mind about wearing it, after all their wearing it is a statement in itself by the wearer, is it not.
Life is about choices.
Post # 12
I’m from the south – where it seems like everyone hunts. I do not see anything wrong with wearing furs. I think that it is socially accepted to wear furs here.
Bees – please dont attack me… but I dont think its murder when you are killing an animal for food, etc. Now, if someone tried to kill my cat – yes, its murder haha… I see both sides of the coin but I just dont think its a big deal (substantially because Ive been raised around hunting forever…)
Post # 13
To me, I think of it as (especially since it was given to you as a inheritance) the animal is dead already… so what’s going to happen to the fur coats out there? Burn them all? I don’t understand why if it’s an old coat, it was acceptable in those days to get one, so if it was handed down, I say no problem.
I personally will not go out and make a fur coat from scratch… such as pay someone to kill the animal and pay a seamstress to sew it for me. Nor would I buy a new one.
Post # 14
@MLDoddie: While hunting makes me squeamish I certainly don’t look down upon it. I also think that utilizing the furs of the animals that you have killed is well within reason. However, I’m guess that in order to kill those animals various amounts of torture and cruelty were not utilized. That is my issue with the fur trade.
Post # 15
I’m a vegetarian and am very against fur. However, I wouldn’t confront someone just as I don’t push vegetarianism on people. It’s my choice, not theirs.
Post # 16
I’d tell anyone who walked up to me to “educate” me to piss off. I’m jealous of your furs (ok, except maybe the coon). I’d wear it without a second thought.