Does fur have a place in fashion?
For decades, the fashion industry has struggled to find consensus on the use of fur. Animal rights and anti-fur activists remain adamant that it is a cruel and unethical practice that violently slaughters 50 million animals a year and should be banned. Members of the fur trade contend that it is a natural, sustainable material that supports the 117,000 enterprises and one million people that work in the industry worldwide. One the one hand, fur is an economic force, with global fur sales totalling more than $13 billion in 2009. On the other, advances in material technology have seen a boom in the use of fake fur among mass market retailers and luxury brands alike. To complicate matters further, some high-profile fashion personalities have changed their position on fur several times and public opinion remains divided. Does fur have a place in fashion?
The modern fur trade is an excellent example of the responsible and sustainable use of renewable, natural resource.