By Linda Nuamah
One of my timeless fashion pieces has been fur. Wearing fur is quite a controversy. You either love it or hate the people wearing it. Before I bought my first real fur, I was in doubt and found that innocent animals were slaughtered just for fashion sake. But I convinced myself that my coat was made from a road kill. The truth is that 85 percent of fur sold today is farmed. On the other hand many communities depend on the fur trade. In Kastoria, Greece, 80 percent of the population is employed by the fur trade, followed by Russia, Canada, USA, Finland, Norway, Poland and Namibia. Although Europeans have taken a stand against the fur trade, demands are really high. The same goes for North America, Russia, and the Far East. China is currently the world’s largest importer of Fur.
Although I’m not fond of mass production of fur, I do love the look and feel of fur. Combined with the right clothes and accessories, you feel elegant and luxurious.
If you really hate it you still have the option to go for faux fur, which is made out of synthetic fibres designed to look and feel like real fur. It’s not really my thing as it makes you look like a headless chicken. But hey, style is what you choose!
No matter what your feelings are about real fur; the fact is that it creates jobs and feeds world economies. On the other hand, the animals are treated horribly in these breeding farms. They are kept in tiny cages and electrocuted. But it’s not only fur that is a controversy in fashion, how about cotton or conditions factories in India, Bangladesh, Turkey, China, Vietnam etc. operates in? It goes hand in hand with child labour and exploiting of employees. The cheaper your clothes, shoes and accessories are, the more likely that you are supporting these kind of practises.
In my opinion wearing fur is not wrong. However I can choose where I buy it from, and make sure that trade standards is changed. Or should we ban it like in the UK and Austria?