IS IT STILL MURDER IF YOU TRAP IT, SKIN IT AND SEW IT YOURSELF?
Years ago, I worked for a fashion designer who had a penchant for fur dyed in bold colours that ranged from acid-green to plum. Most of them were for very expensive jackets that looked like they were made of Muppet skin. Only fox fur – specifically that of the American red fox – was left in its natural state. It was perfectly gorgeous on its own. And while I admit that I’m somewhat vain – I like fashion and will endure uncomfortable clothing on the right occasion – with fur that discomfort goes deeper. The thought of farm-raised animals being executed via anal electrocution is hard to shake once it enters your mind. Surely, there had to be alternatives.
My attempt to survey the literature about this ethical grey area turned up nearly zilch, so I decided the only thing left for me to do was to go hunting and see just how difficult it would be to transform dead animal skin into haute couture. As it turns out, it’s a macabre but doable task, given some expert assistance.
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