Fur - To Wear or Not to Wear?
Fur used to be something only your granny would wear, but nowadays it's draped around the shoulders of models and celebs, who are getting slammed by anti-fur groups for condoning cruelty to animals just so they can look glamorous. So the question is - should people be a fur friend or foe?
Fur - Celebrities Who Wear Fur
Fur was hugely popular in the '70s and '80s, but it's back in a big way among the 18-25 year-old crowd. So you're probably not suprised that Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton have picked up on the fur trend! The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) named Paris the worst dressed of 2005 for wearing the most fur coats of any celebrity, and also labelled her an "heirhead" for saying she's an animal lover, yet wearing their skins on her back! Jennifer Lopez, whose Sweetface clothing line uses A LOT of fur, has also been targeted by animal rights groups. Although none of these celebs have defended themselves over their love of fur, pro-fur peeps say that animals in fur farms are treated well so it's okay to wear 'em.
Fur - Celebrities Who Protest Fur
The biggest enemy of fur-wearers is the animal rights group, PETA. They use high-profile celebrities like Charlize Theron, Pamela Anderson and Paul McCartney's ex-wife, Heather Mills, to speak out against the torture and murder of animals in the name of fashion. PETA has scored victories by getting major retailers like TOPSHOP, Forever 21 and J. Crew to stop selling fur items - and scored messes by pelting flour bombs at Paris Hilton when she was in London!
Fur - Furry (But Not Quite So Fuzzy) Facts
- Each year, more than 40 million animals are killed for their fur.
- Fur-bearing animals include foxes, minks, rabbits, beavers and raccoons.
- To kill animals without damaging their fur, trappers will strangle, beat, or stomp them to death. Animals on fur farms are gassed, poisoned, electrocuted, or have their necks snapped.
- Ranch-raised animals live in cages about 2 feet square, with up to four animals per cage.
- There is no federal law that regulates the killing of animals raised for fur.
- It can take up to 40 animals to make one fur coat.
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