Animal Cruelty and Fashion
We have to agree – animal cruelty is still prevalent even in the most civilized nations in the world, and it gets much, much worse in countries where the authorities are either insufficient in number or have hindsight of what’s really going on in the bushes. Even as animal rights advocates are pushing forth a moral decree where harming animals – is in the slightest sense, inhumane and a sign of immaturity – there are still people out there who relentlessly hunt for animals as game, trophies, clothing and more. This past century alone has given us so many fashion alternatives for animal fur and hide, but some individuals still relinquish the idea of a peaceful order between humans and animals.
Wearing mink fur coats, sporting leather belts, carrying around designer leather handbags and so on is a prime example of being an accessory to animal cruelty. The hurtful process of killing and then skinning these animals alive only for their skin is just plain wrong. The more the demand for fur, leather, and other animal body parts, the more animals get killed in the process. And for other countries – whose sole excuse is that it’s part of their tradition and culture – haven’t we stopped being savages thousands of years ago?
There is now an expanding consortium of fashion critics that condone animal fur and leather. Fashion these days is appraised not by the critics who reside in Italy or New York. The old tradition wherein only the people from fashion capitals of the world could dictate the value of clothing is fast declining. These days, it’s now entertainment and celebrity magazines that can rate or berate a choice of garments worn by a celebrity in a red carpet event, and it even comes to no surprise as they critically pan the designs of notable fashion designers. These magazines (and currently, fashion trend websites) are unanimous when it comes to lauding animal fur and clothing as a ‘silly excuse’ for actors and actresses to spend their money. These efforts, as expected, draw people’s attention away from buying animal fur and leather.
Fake fur or faux fur is making tides in the fashion industry because of its uncanny emulation of real animal fur. Faux fur is made from a variety of synthetic materials that even outdo the quality of genuine animal fur. Faux fur is more designable and easier to maintain than animal fur, giving designers the freedom to imitate actual animal hide without bearing the guilt of costs and of course, conscience. Cotton and wool can also be incorporated into faux fur. Still, wool is a gray area, since even if we don’t kill sheep for their wool, it does leave them bare and humiliated – how would we feel if that were done to us?
Everyday apparel is not thriving ground for animal hide. About 90% of our daily outfits are made either of wool or polyester. Belts, however, are still preferred by the general population to be made out of genuine animal leather than synthetic leather, for reason that genuine leather is durable to even last for centuries without displaying the least amount of breakage. Jackets and shoes are inside the market for animal hide too, as so many animals are hunted down to extinction just to get a piece of their skin. Crocodiles have been hunted to near extinction just for their leather.
So, as a consumer, it’s your utmost responsibility to discern right from wrong, starting with what you wear. We also encourage you to tell your friends the real deal about animal cruelty and how even picking a faux leather wallet instead of a genuine crocodile leather wallet could save another crocodile from being hunted down. These creatures deserve better lives too, you know.