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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
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    Your thoughts on fur

    As an animal lover I have never really considered wearing fur. I have recently begun to rethink that, as I often find myself wearing one or even two around the house. Yesterday I was not feeling well and lay down in the Lazy Boy. Even with a fleece throw I was still chilled when the fur came over to lie down on me, stretching between my legs with his head on my chest. (He also does this at night in bed.) within minutes I was nice and toasty warm, and later the other dog joined him, so that they were both lying on top of me in the chair.

    Natural fibers are wonderful to wear. Cotton, linen, hemp and silk feel so good and breathe, helping the body to regulate temperature. Wool and down are unbeatable for keeping warm in cold weather. So what about fur? The big difference is that an animal must die to produce it (unless you wear a dog as I do). Does that mean it is wrong in all circumstances? What about native people living in the frozen Arctic north (Toronto)? Does the same moral reasoning against fur apply to leather shoes?
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    I wear leather boots or shoes every day so I have no problem with people wearing fur other than I generally don't find it aesthetically pleasing. I have a down filled parka that has a detachable fur collar that wraps around the hood. I usually have the piece of fur detached, but when I am out for a walk and the snow is coming down and there is any sort of wind, that strip of fur gets put back on. It works wonders at catching the snow and ice before it hits my face.

    FWIW, I've also worn jackets with faux fur collars on the hood and they seem to work just as good. If I were buying a new jacket, I'd probably go with the faux.
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    As long as we're not making species go extinct, I have no problem harvesting them for their fur.
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    I see no difference in wearing fur or eating meat, it's a traded commodity and animals are killed to provide it. It matters little if you are talking cattle, hogs, fish, mink, or any other animal. If you are OK with eating animals as food, wearing their skins is no great leap.
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    this thread may go south real quick

    I'm sorry but I snickered completely inappropriately at the title of this thread - I'm really sorry, I'll just go back to work now...

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    Quote Originally posted by giff57 View post
    I see no difference in wearing fur or eating meat, it's a traded commodity and animals are killed to provide it. It matters little if you are talking cattle, hogs, fish, mink, or any other animal. If you are OK with eating animals as food, wearing their skins is no great leap.
    QFT. I'm not into wearing fur as apparel, but that's just because I'm too cheap to buy "the real thing". OTOH, if I've named it, I'm NOT going to eat it. I may wear it, however, as my cats and I practice symbiosis: they give me warmth, I give them soft. The dog is a little large for snuggling.
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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    I'm sorry but I snickered completely inappropriately at the title of this thread - I'm really sorry, I'll just go back to work now...
    Furries???

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_fandom
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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    I'm sorry but I snickered completely inappropriately at the title of this thread - I'm really sorry, I'll just go back to work now...
    I believe I had the same thoughts as you. What is wrong with us?!
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    I am more of a leather fan than a fur fan.


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    I can't tolerate anything more than short and narrow trimmed fur. A landing strip. Less is more.



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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    You need to get yourself more into the gutter my friend. lol

    Anyways, I have a leather jacket that I dig, but where I live now I'm kind of afraid to wear it. Clothing made out of animals is not smiled upon here. Coincidentally and guttery (is that a word?) I've heard that fur IS popular around here.

    My own personal view is that its no different than eating meat, so long as its done sustainably.
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    I have a zero tolerance for fur clothing. It isn't that I think killing an animal is bad. It is that I know that if this trend regains popularity, we will once again end up in a situation where animals are captured and skinned alive in extremely inhumane conditions just for their fur. In fact, this act hasn't even fully stopped yet even though fur has not regained much of its lost popularity.

    If you wouldn't do it yourself to your own pet in front of your kids, it shouldn't be done.


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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal View post
    ... Even with a fleece throw I was still chilled when the fur came over to lie down on me, stretching between my legs with his head on my chest. (He also does this at night in bed.) within minutes I was nice and toasty warm, and later the other dog joined him, so that they were both lying on top of me in the chair.
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    Part of why the heater dogs & cats are so warm, along with their coats, is their body temp. A pelt would not be as cozy as a live (purring, kneading) kitty.

    In the family estate sale was my mama's fur coat. Digging through the photos, it appeared to be an acquisition from their first year together (married Thanksgiving weekend, living in the D, Louisiana girl would have been cold). Bonus: she looked very happy and lovely in the photos.

    I couldn't justify bringing it into my home, let alone ever wearing it. And I couldn't see re-making it into four teddy bears (a way to keep a family heirloom around and share with several offspring). Further, I never saw her wear it, so my two younger sibs would have had no interest. It's someone's else's problem now.

    Technical fabrics are more flexible and better for the purpose.

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    I don't have a problem with it if the animal is being raised for consumption and the whole animal is being used. I don't like to see wild animal fur used as a fashion statement.
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