We contacted PETA regarding the increase in the wearing of fur and Ben Williamson kindly sent us this response.
Fur used to be seen as a luxury item, and now it’s so cheap that prostitutes on the street wear it in some parts of the world and workers in China can have fur slippers where once had nothing on their feet at all.
Pelt prices have been slashed to the quick, and fur sellers are making it into everything they can, from linings to slipper tassels. It’s so debased that they even have to pass it off as faux trim.
Fur is dead, and the cries of “Fur is back!” that the industry floats about every year are laughable because cruelty is not back in fashion and only the ignorant and arrogant wear it now.
A recent poll showed that 95 per cent of Brits would never wear real fur.
We cannot rely on sales figures from an industry which makes its money by killing animals. If they have no problem killing, they’re not going to be opposed to lying to protect their industry.
The cruel killing of animals is just as repulsive now as it was 20 years ago.
The suffering of minks who go mad from confinement in tiny boxes and foxes who chew off their own feet to escape painful steel-jaw traps will never be “in fashion”.
Truly talented visionaries and trendsetters like Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and Vivienne Westwood are able to design beautiful, fashionable and popular clothing without getting blood on their hands.
With all of the chic, cruelty-free options available, including ones which are warmer to boot, to steal animals’ skins is not only cruel but also absurd.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)