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The Persistence of Fur

The Persistence

A lot of people wonder why fur is still popular despite the calls of many conservationists and activists. Whether or not the fur is fake or real, people who love fashion still want to wear fur as part of their clothing.

Sometimes the reasons behind the decision can be complex, as fur is [part of traditional clothing in many cultures. Also, real fur still has an allure that makes it a coveted item for those who want a life of luxury and wealth.

So why is fur still fashionable even when many people do not like the idea of wearing fur?

It’s a Symbol of the Beautiful and the Successful

Of all the status symbols, fur has its roots in royalty and rarity. Fur has been part of royal wardrobes since ancient times, and only those who hold significant power often had fur clothing. From priests, to ministers, to kings and queens, fur was valuable and fit for the powerful because of its rarity.

When Oetzi the iceman, a 5000 year-old mummy found in the Alps was found to have  a bear hat many scientists said that it might indicate a high position in his tribe, as bear fur and bear skin are very hard to find.

In popular culture, especially for hip hop and rhythm and blues musicians, wearing fur is a symbol of wealth and luxury. Many popular rappers and musicians often get photographed wearing fox-fur hooded coats and fur jackets.

However, some of them have switched to using faux fur, while those who wear real fox-fur hooded coats say that their coats come from reputable farms and sources. These farms often use non-cruel ways to farm fox fur, which means they only collect fur from animals that have died.

The Fur Industry is Changing

But even if celebrities are wearing fur, that doesn’t mean it’s good for the fur industry. They now realize that they have to change to, and fur trapping is now outlawed in many countries. Many fur manufacturers say that most of the fur they have is from reputable fur farms, which care for the animals and collect the fur humanely.

There are still issues in the industry, of course. Not all furs sold in the market have clear sources, and there are many still sold in the black market, such as chinchilla, coyotes, and raccoons. Some fur farms are also not cruelty-free, which has led some countries to ban them entirely.

Many fashion houses do not use fur anymore, and many others have resorted to using fake fur for their designs. However, there is still a long way to go, as fur can still catch a high price in many markets.

It’s All About Responsibility

It’s also unfair to blame the fashion industry for all the issues about fur. There are other factors that make fur an essential part of clothing, and it will take time and a lot of convincing to make other people stop using it.

If you are a consumer and you love fur, it’s best to be a responsible buyer and find more information about where a specific clothing manufacturer sources its fur. Often these companies have a seal or mark where they work together with responsible fur farms that make real fur farming cruelty-free and humane.

Or, if you want to use real fr without the guilt and burden of animal cruelty, why not thrift an older coat or fur jacket? You will find second hand coats in thrift shops, and they might need only some cleaning and repair to look great again.

Fur will always be a fashion staple, whether it’s real or faux, but remember to be a responsible consumer if you do decide to wear real fur coats.

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