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Emma DollIt's a huge debate. Is fur okay? Fur has been making a comeback in the last few years as a luxury item. A lot of celebrities have been wearing fur, while others are still adamantly opposed to it. Believe it or not, fur has not been the object of such debate for centuries. It is only in the last few decades that it became so contested.

Fur Clothing

Fur was one of the earliest forms of clothing. Even Adam and Eve in the Bible wore "clothing of skin" after being banished from the Garden of Eden. Religious examples aside, fur has been a clothing staple for thousands of years. The earliest forms of man wore variations of fur and leather before the introduction of woven materials. Even today, in northern climates, only fur has the insulating properties required to maintain optimum warmth and comfort.

The fur that is so hotly debated has less to do with staying alive comfortably, and more to do with style and fashion. While you can't deny fur is considered incredibly stylish by much of the population and a luxury item, one can argue whether it is really necessary to have it at all.

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The Arguments against Fur

Many feel that the process used to make fur items is inhumane and unnecessary. Much of the fur used in jackets, gloves, and accessories is actually farmed, much like the meat we eat. The animals, including fox and mink, are raised in captivity and their fur is used for luxury items. Of course, some fur, such as seal and beaver, can only be had by capturing the animal in the wild. That fur is used for more practical clothing rather than designer jackets.

Many groups argue that fur is a waste of an animal's life and is not necessary. Many places where fur is popular do not reach the Arctic temperatures which might require it, and even those places with freezing temperatures have alternative options to using fur if they choose to. To raise an animal exclusively for its coat without using any other body part is considered extremely wasteful and unjust by these individuals and groups.

The Arguments for Fur

Fur DollThose who consider fur to be an acceptable fashion item defend their position with the same fervor as those who oppose it. To raise an animal for its fur is wasteful, claim those against it. Those for fur then argue that faux, or fake, fur is actually a petroleum product which can damage the environment. Natural fur is a renewable resource since the animals providing it can be easily bred, but faux fur uses oil products which can not be renewed.

In addition to the environmental arguments, the most obvious arguments are the natural beauty and warmth of the fur. It has become an extremely stylish accessory for many of the celebrities in the same way expensive jewelry has. If one can afford it and there are no laws against it, why shouldn't a person own a fur if they chose to?

While this argument has no obvious solution, it has spurned many a debate and has received a great deal of publicity over the years. Almost everyone has an opinion on the topic, but short of the government stopping all fur products, there will never be a clear answer. Of course, if you ban the fur, will you ban leather, meat, and all other animal products as well? It does make one think...


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padawancub

24/Female
Hopkinsville, KY
Posted On: January 20, 2007
I'm not against killing animals for their meat, seeing as I eat it on a regular basis, but killing an animal for their fur is so WRONG!! Go buy faux fur clothing if you like it so much, for God's sake!!! I remember having a beautiful winter coat that my grandma had bought for me. It was black leather on the outside, and faux leopard fur on the inside. It was so warm! Real fur may br warm too, but that's part of the reason why animals I love, such as cheetahs, leopards, and especially tigers, are nearly extinct! Great article!!
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Spongey63

21/Female
Posted On: January 19, 2007
idk i dont mind faux fur, i mean, hell, i have some faux fur boots that keep my ankles nice and warm! Im vegetarian too, and im free from animal skin/fur....... and, well, yeah.. yesterday i found out that peta actually profits from slaughter houses and crap. idk if thats just a rumor but just to be safe im not buying stuff from them.
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stinkyjojo

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 17, 2007
you go, purplegirl811. I see nothing wrong with faux fur.

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stinkyjojo

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 17, 2007
I agree with Accio. I have been a vegetarian for more than 4 months, and I am healthier than ever.
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Accio

107/Male
Broken Arrow, OK
Posted On: January 17, 2007
Surfermonkey I'm afraid I must point out that you're very wrong.

Vegetarianism is actually one of the most healthy diets out there. You don't need meat to survive. The protein you "need" in meat is also found in fish and other vegetables. Thousands of families all over the globe have chosen to be vegetarian.

So you can laugh when you see an animal wearing a wig but you see a fancy lady walk by in a fur coat and you say, "That coat is beautiful!" Animals are in this world for a reason. And I most certainly do NOT beleive that that reason is to become food and clothing. Animals are nonrenewable. One day, I assure you, pigs, cows, foxes, raccoons, squirrels, lambs, rabbits,seals, turkeys, and chickens will all be extinct. And then, everyone will wonder why. I'll tell you why in advance: We use them over and over like they can never run out. More than one MILLION pigs, chickens, turkeys, and cows are killed a year. If they all go extinct, it just shows how crule people are.
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surfermonkey88

28/Female
Cathedral City, CA
Posted On: January 16, 2007
Ok let's think about this do all people need meat? yes because it's protein and protein is required for us to LIVE. Now you can go without meat or eat protein suppliments but neither is the greatest for you trust me on this one I was a vegitarian for five years until I develop an iron difficency because of not eating meat.

Do people need to wear fur? No there is no need to kill an animal for it's pelt even if you need to stay warm. Why? Well for one there are much warmer alternatives and two you look tacky and slightly egotistical. Like I'm a human so I matter more.

Your argument made me think alright, it made me think that people that wear fur are idiots...
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stinkyjojo

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 16, 2007
Animals being killed for fur is like a human going around wearing skin and people saying its ok cause its a renewable resource and feels nice. We're animals too!
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neverpick

107/Female
Holladay, UT
Posted On: January 16, 2007
i think fur is fine, they usually kill the animal for food anyway, so what, waste the fur?? but im not saying im for it, and im not saying im agianst it, so w/e
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kitty_kat_meow

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 15, 2007
OMG!!!!! Killing an animal just for fur is terrible!!!!!! how could you wear it????? once i bought these gloves and they had real fur, but i didnt know it at the time. when i found out, i gave them away and was so angry at myself for buying it!! NEVER WEAR REAL FUR!!! IT IS SOOOOO CRUEL!!!!
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linglb10

24/Female
Tomahawk, WI
Posted On: January 15, 2007
OMG! fur is the worst thing you could kill an animal for! it is cruel, mean and gross. no wonder some animals are going extinct! they are, because people that are fur crazy are going onto animals habitats, and destroying it, for the stupid fur! that is soooooooo mean. ask my moim...or my dad... or my brothers(2)... or my sisters(20... or my grandmas...or grandpa... or aunt... or uncle... there is one word to describe this...DISGROSSING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE, DONT EWASTE YOUR MONEY ON FUR, WHEN YOU CAN GIVE IT TO CHARITY, OR A CHURCH. OR SOMEPLACE IT WILL BE USED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE ARE ALOT OF ANIMALS OUT THERE... DONT KILL THEM. WE NEED THEM TO MAKE OUR CONTINENTS ATTRACTIVE. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK? IT WOULD BE A BUNCH OF TREES! RIGHT??????????????? THAT WOULD NOT ATTRAT TOURISTS! PLEASE, KEEP FUR OUT STYLE FOREVER...
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elfwood1

49/Female
Marengo, OH
Posted On: January 14, 2007
In the old days, you got your deer (as an example animal), you got the hide off of it, the women sewed it into clothing for the family.They lived like this for many years until they had cloth.Useing what you have isn't wrong, but killing only for fur, is in my opinion.faux fur if you must.Real fur from an animal that was bred for that?Nasty.
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outsider_girl

22/Female
Flagstaff, AZ
Posted On: January 14, 2007
i would never wear fur myself, it looks weird, but in some situations i think it's okay. if the animal is endangered, don't wear it. but it there are plenty of the animals and you used there meat to eat, you don't want to waste the fur, so wear it! my favorite animal is the marg.a.y (sorry they wont let me write it correctly) and it's endangered because of fur selling so bad there are only 64 of them worldwide! that's wrong. if it's not endangered, i think it's okay to wear it.
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animal1217

24/Female
Posted On: January 13, 2007
it makes me wanna cry!!!
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animal1217

24/Female
Posted On: January 13, 2007
I love animals!!!Killing them for fur isn't a reason to kill animals.Animals do nothing to us.STOP KILLING ANIMALS FOR FUR!!!Shardsofgarnet is right it is sad beating them or shocking them to death it isn't right.People who do that should be executed (or in BIG trouble).That is why I SO MUCH RATHER perfuer fake fur.

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FairyQueenTany

22/Female
Black Hawk, SD
Posted On: January 13, 2007
I love animals! Killing them just for their fur is vile and inhumane!
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