Promoting fur decried
To JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, in response to your Living story “Warm up your winter wardrobe with fur trim accents” (Jan. 18 and TribLIVE.com): If you knew the truth behind this industry, perhaps you would not be promoting the use of fur in one's wardrobe.
The bloody business of making a fur coat causes immense pain and suffering for millions of animals. They are caught in leg-hold traps to endure a slow and excruciating death, freezing or bleeding to death, or bludgeoned by the trapper. Alternatively, fur ranching is used, characterized by barren cages and isolation so severe that animals often go insane. The animals are killed by electrocution, poisoning or suffocation.
Targeting helpless animals that have no way to protect themselves, and painfully killing them in the name of vanity, should not even be an option when we have so many warm and fashionable alternatives. There are only two reasons for buying fur: ignorance or arrogance.
Perhaps educating readers on the truth of this inhumane practice would be of better service. After all, isn't it our responsibility as human beings to speak up for those that have no voice to protect themselves?
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