Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Touch of luxe: 100 days of fur

Mink i bur
(norwegian fur farm: 2010)

Fur is no longer about your grandmother's old fur coat.

This quote came from a blog I found, called a touch of luxe

And no, fur isn't about your grandmother's coat, it's about those mink in that picture. Spending their entire lives in a small wire-mesh cage in the name of fashion.

So what is this blog about? We can't find much info on their about page.

The only thing we can figure out is...that the blog deals with fur and fashion. They have this to say about ethics:

One important note: this is a fashion blog, not a philosophy seminar.

And they refer us to the fur is green campaign website...great. So, no thinking here about animal welfare or ethics. Oh wait, they do talk about it. Well, just a little:

ethics

The fur trade is regulated, nationally and internationally, to ensure that no species are endangered; the furs used are abundant.

How noble of the fur trade! The furs sold are not breaking international law. Or is this the least you should demand of any product? And yes, the furs are abundant. Since most fur comes from fur farms.

Nothing new yet. But this is new: fur experiment

An experiment where a young women is going to wear fur 100 days straight...to see if wearing fur is "safe". I'm mostly interested in the reasons for this experiment.

Here are some of them:

A few months ago we were trying to figure out the reasons why people don’t wear fur. Is it because of the animal welfare? For most people, I don’t think so. We all know that animals are a part of our lives, we eat them, use them to make our shoes, and we wear them on our bodies

Why do most people don't wear fur? Animal welfare? Could be true. The problem is: this is why people would be against fur, not why they 'just' wouldn't wear fur. Maybe many people just don't want to wear fur for some other reason. And of course, the "a touch of luxe" blog throws this phrase around a lot:

Fur is no longer about your grandmother's old fur coat.

Maybe people don't want to wear fur because they think it's old fashioned?

But what about ethics? Animal welfare problems don't dissolve just because you wear leather shoes. The problems are still there. Is fur produced ethically? According to Norwegian veterinarians this is not the case. You can read about it here: veterinarians want to ban fur farming

You should also read why Oslo Fashion Week went fur free. It is clear that the general public is turning more and more against the fur trade. This isn't a small group of "extremists".

Skittent pelsdyrskur
(norwegian fur farm: 2010)

Just like animal rights activists shouldn’t stand outside Safeway and scream at people buying steaks, or no government should tell a woman to cover her face, no one should make me feel uncomfortable for wearing fur.

So Sharia law (like a woman being forced to wear a burka) and someone feeling uncomfortable for wearing fur is the same thing? Is that what is being implied here? And activists expressing their views (freedom of speech) is a fundamental civil right. And I see they hang out the basic stereotype of "the screaming activist".

So the entire experiment comes down to this: people are afraid of wearing fur because they will be "hassled" by a small group of animal activists and by wearing fur for 100 days they will try and prove that it is safe to wear fur. I'm guessing animal activists handing out flyers are a threat to national security and the very fabric of democracy?

Well, I"ll take a look at the fur is green site and see what they have to say about ethics. It should make for some interesting blogging material.

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