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Fur is a Natural, Renewable Resource
Fur is a natural, renewable and sustainable resource. That means we only use part of what nature produces each year without depleting wildlife populations or damaging the natural habitats that sustain them - a principle promoted by the World Wildlife Fund and other environmental protection organizations. The goal is to maintain long-term ecological balance.
Most of us eat steak and hamburger, so it makes sense to use leather the cows also provide. Beaver, muskrat, and other fur-bearing animals provide food for trappers and their families. In addition, fur provides income where jobs are scarce.
Nature lover? We are, too! At a time when we are all trying to be conscientious of how our lifestyles affect nature, fur and leather are natural choices…
Sensationalist and misleading “animal rights” campaigns have created confusion about the true ecological role of the fur trade. It is time to present another side of the fur story. But don't listen to us. Here are a few excerpts taken from www.FurIsGreen.com....
Fur is Durable and Recyclable
Synthetics can be useful, but they are usually made from petro-chemicals - non-renewable resources that cause environmental problems.
Fur, in contrast, is naturally resilient and long-lasting. Well cared-for, a fur garment will remain functional and beautiful for many, many years – far longer that any other clothing material. In fact, fur coats are one of the few clothing items that are often passed down and used by two or even three generations.
Unlike other textiles, fur garments can also be re-cut and restyled (“remodeled”) as fashions change. Your old fur coat can even be “recycled” to make bags, pillows, throws or other home accessories.
At a time when the true ecological cost of “cheap”, mass-produced, disposable “fast-fashion” is just beginning to be calculated – think millions of tons of poor-quality fibers and short-life garments filling up landfills – the naturally durable and recyclable qualities of fur makes more sense than ever!
People will always have differing personal opinions about animals, whether the topic be related to food, clothing, or even sports. But it is easy to understand how protest fanatics see fur as an easy target. Fur is perceived to be relatively expensive and glamorous, and so it can be caricatured as a “frivolous” luxury for a small group of rich people.
In reality, the fur industry is made up of very small family-run businesses, artisans, trappers and farmers who rely on the fur industry for their livelihood in raising their families and paying their bills. Is it really fair to attack the fur industry in a society where 97% of the population eats meat and uses animal products every day?
We think not.