The ethics of fur and flesh in high fashion
Traditionally, fur was worn as a source of warmth and protection. But in the 20th century, fur became a regular feature of luxury fashion, when Hollywood stars appeared draped in exotic pelts. Since then, fur has been marketed as a measure of wealth and glamour, expensive and desirable. As a result of which the fur’s popularity grew, fur farming became big business. At the same time, the animals involved became commodified opening the door to inhumane practices. The most common animals for fashion fur are mink and fox.
As fur farming grew the animal protection organizations like PETA started opposing this. That’s why many countries like India, New Zealand, America have banned fur farming. Even the fashion industry has decided to stop using fur in its collections. Luxury fashion is striving to do better for the environment and animals.
Fur farming side effects:
Fur requires complex processing and chemical treatments to manufacture. Animal skin will decompose and rot unless it is treated with toxic chemicals, such as chromium and formaldehyde. These pose a risk to waterways as well as the workers who handle them.
The land, feed, and water consumption of the animals also produce carbon emissions. The climate change impact of 1kg of mink fur is five times higher than that of wool.