History yields progress. For the fashion industry, though, it seems like change isn’t happening as quickly as some might like. Hermes uses live alligator skin for their bags. Animals are being tortured and killed to fill the needs of the fashion industry at an alarming rate. Leather tends to be a staple and fur is one of the hottest crazes today. Producing fur involves cruelty to animals, not to mention it harms the environment in the process. The presence of fur in the industry today doesn’t sit with an era where we are supposed to be focused on social and ecological consciousness.
Fashion is loaded with vegans, so why is fur making such a major comeback?
It seems as if the world of fashion is fascinated with fur and the repercussions of such are quite scary. Long before furs started dominating the fashion industry, it was leather and other animal products that people wore and used for a number of different reasons. Some used the products for warmth, while others used them for protection, durability and simply because of how rare they were. All of that started changing when the Victorian age began turning to pelts, furs and exotic leathers. Every animal has been skinned for its fur. Skunks, badgers, polecats, wolves, musk ox, squirrels, wombats, raccoons, tigers, leopards, wallabies, hamsters and house cats have all been skinned just because of their fur.
The fur trade is actually quite lucrative. More and more people are looking for high-quality furs. Wolves, minks, badgers, foxes and beavers were almost extinct in America and Europe. Animal lovers, environmentalists and vegans started organizing together to try and stop the skinning of so many animals. PETA started aggressively attacking the makers and generating campaigns aimed at the fashion industry. It worked temporarily.
For close to 20 years, furs and skins weren’t bought as much as they once
were. That was until recently when it started up again. In 2011, 50 million
animals ended up being slaughtered to make furs for people. By the time
2014 hit, 70% of all fashion shows in New York and Britain were using furs
in their lineup. The latest scandal from Hermes is making PETA activists
take charge again in hopes of protecting these animals.