Do you buy clothes with fake or "raccoon" fur? (not child friendly)
Since then I have avoided clothes with the fake fur around the collar. It's become so secondary that I almost forgot the rationale for it.
Tonight I was checking out the Mackage thread: last-hunt-mackage-up-45-off-2170104/2/ and perusing these very expensive jackets. I noticed that the product description kept saying Asiatic raccoon fur so I looked it up and lo and behold, it is the same deal.
The conditions of these fur farms are horrific, according to the report. Raccoon dogs are kept in tiny metal cages and are often skinned alive after crude slaughter methods fail to work.
And if you’ve bought or worn raccoon dog fur, you probably don’t even know. Under U.S. law, the fur is officially labeled “Asiatic raccoon” (not that the fur being from an actual raccoon would make it better, since raccoons are awesome), though a 2008 Humane Society investigation found raccoon dog fur has been mislabeled as rabbit, coyote, Finni Raccon, “ecological fur” and, most disturbingly, faux fur.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ta ... b7d5447adc
I don't mean to be an idiot on this one, but in this day and age, when we can buy from companies who care about ethical sourcing (Patagonia, North Face etc) I think it would be really nice if we as consumers can educate ourselves a bit more about how our buying decisions impact the lives of others, including people and other animals.
Thanks for reading,