Blog: What to do with old furs?

Joe Ayling | 14 April 2011

Just 5% of the UK population are still willing to parade around in a fur jacket, according to UK animal rights charity The RSPCA.

The findings come as no great surprise, especially given the appalling press that fur fashion has got in the past few years.

Nevertheless, it would be interesting to see a survey of how many of the other 95% still have a fur item stashed away in the wardrobe.

This poses the question of what should become of these old furs?

It is unlikely that such items will ever make a mainstream comeback, but reports of real mink, fox and raccoon dog furs on the catwalk suggests there is still a market among the rich.

In this way the phrase "money can't buy fashion" really holds true, because it appears nobody else is wearing fur. But with those who insist on wearing fur paying a pretty penny to do so, could such items become antiques?

Animals farmed for their fur are often confined to tiny, barren cages and are denied opportunities to behave as they would in the wild, the RSPCA says.

While this obviously holds true, a bonfire of old fur jackets would only create further injustice, with many homeless people freezing on Britain's streets. Donations would create a problem of their own though in the likely event that a black market should open up.

Fur is always an emotive topic, and is fast becoming the ultimate skeleton in the closet.


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