A while back, I blogged about a PETA video lampooning the Olsen twins of Full House fame. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are apparently big fans of fur, and their designer label includes a line of fur coats. Personally, fur does nothing for me and I’ve never understood the appeal. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Sierra Leone.
Well, it looks like PETA’s at it again, with another video about the fur industry. But this time, the video is not a humorous spoof on Full House nor does it feature the Olsen twins. This video’s about the fur industry in China and it shows how cruelly fur animals are treated. The animals are literally skinned alive and the fur—these animals’ skin and hair—is made into coats, collars, cuffs, or lining. The fur is often shipped off to other countries too so even if the label reads “Made in Italy” or “Made in France,” if it’s got fur, chances are it came from China.
In most parts of the world, it never gets cold enough for a fur coat. And in places where it does get that cold, it’s easy enough to find a non-fur coat that’s warm enough. I for one would not shed a single tear if the fur industry were to disappear.