Did you know that you can donate fur coats, to help orphaned wildlife? If you used to wear fur (or you have an old fur coat from a relative in the attic), just donate it to your local wildlife shelter. Inspired by the US program Coats for Cubs, the coats are cut up into large squares, to become ‘surrogate mums’ for baby wildlife that are missing their mums. Often ‘the real thing’ is just the item to settle them down.
Fur production is now banned in the UK (thanks to the charity of Compassion in World Farming). And Green MP Caroline Lucas was instrumental in helping to enact a ban on the sale of seal fur in the EU, when a Euro MP (many people still boycott Canadian goods, until the baby seal cull ends).
If you run a fashion or gift shop, you can sign up for free at Fur Free Retailer, and get a free ‘fox logo’ to display in your window, to show that you don’t sell fur (many DNA tests on ‘fake fur trim’ has been found to be real fur).
We don’t have the weather in England to need coats that are as warm as fur. If you know someone in Siberia, let them know of Fabulous Furs, a company set up by an American woman. She was on her way to buy a fur coat many years ago, when she heard about kittens being killed to make fur coats. She turned around and never bought the coat – and now runs one of the world’s top ‘vegan fur coat’ companies.
Some people don’t agree with wearing fake fur, saying it encourages the fashion. But the fact is that many people for now wear it. These coats look and feel the same, and have the same ‘R’ value (warmth). You could also give old fur coats to homeless people. But due to the culture in this country, many homeless people probably won’t want it (or they might if they are freezing cold, and there’s nothing else to wear). It’s your choice – and theirs.