7 June 2015

Does fur have a place in fashion?

The Issue

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?
Context
Opinions
Elisa Allen Associate Director, PETA

Op-Ed | Real Fur Is Out of Fashion

There is no kind way to obtain fur and more people should be aware of the horrors that animals endure for fashion, argues Elisa Allen of PETA.

Jan Erik Carlson Director of Marketing, Saga Furs

Op-Ed | Welcome Fur with High Standards

The fur debate doesn’t have to be black and white with no middle ground. Designers and consumers have every right to use and buy fur, argues Jan Erik Carlson of Saga Furs.

Hannah Weiland Founder, Shrimps

Op-Ed | Faux Fur, More Than a Fashion Trend

Faux fur — now as soft, warm and luxurious as the real thing — is a lifestyle choice that consumers are increasingly comfortable embracing, says Hannah Weiland of Shrimps.

Top Comments
Fur should stay what it is, something of high level, and people should be willing to a high price for their coats over counting their money.
By alexdesign
In my case It's a yes for fur, but a big no for cheap fur and bad treatment of animals during the whole farming process.
By Yves-Alexandre d'Ouradou
We may not be animals, but doesn't that mean we have the ability to protect and not misuse them?
By Isabel Hope

What's your opinion?