With the arrival of the cooler season, out come the hats and scarfs, the red noses, and the increase in sales at Starbucks for those much-needed coffees in the morning. So who doesn’t love to hide out in their secret hideaway lodges, with the warm fire blaring, cuddled up to that special someone, wrapped in a fur blanket or perhaps shielded from the cold in that fur coat you purchased last year but still seems to fit you well. Everyone I assume. But as your snuggled up so peacefully enjoying the relaxation and enjoy that the colder and more festive months bring you, think about that Rabbit that hangs round your neck in the form of a scarf, or the fox that keeps you warm during your trips to Starbucks. Their not feeling so lucky right now, are they? Now it might be that you, as an individual have nothing against wrapping up warm in the comfort of a living creature, but me? I beg to differ. I would rather freeze to death than have something like that give me pleasure. So how am I staying warm this winter? No I am not wearing my best thermals or my ever so fashionable ski jacket. With the beautiful invitation of ‘Faux Fur’ (not to get confused with fox fur please), we can ensure that we are staying warm and cosy this winter, whilst keeping those poor animals at risk from being skinned.
My serious views on animal rights led to me to do some research in the areas of fashion. Here’s a fun fact for you; did you know that most animals that are used for their fur ‘put out’ with a shotgun, which usually leaves them semi conscious, meaning they are practically skinned alive? Or that in some countries the possession or trade of real fur has been completely banned? Who could blame them.
As much comfort as those fur items bring you, think before you do buy. Because, we know that faux fur can be just as comfortable. Faux fur also has a lot more positives than the real stuff:
- It’s cheaper. Who doesn’t love a great bargain? Fur coats usually range in the hundreds to even thousands, and realistically, who has that kind of money to spend on a coat these days?
- It’s kinder to the skin. This may not affect many of you, but no one wants to be itching because of the animal fur hanging off their bodies, and faux fur is usually a lot less irritating.
- Faux Fur isn’t as hot so you can add more layers to your outfit and show off all those outfits this winter (plus your not going to sweat as much which is always a bonus).