Is fur an ethical clothing choice?


Many factors influence whether a particular clothing choice may be considered ethical. They include the environmental impact of producing the raw materials, manufacturing, and eventual disposal of the product; and the working conditions of all the people involved in every phase of its lifecycle.

In the case of products derived from animals, such as fur, there are additional considerations. While public opinion polls clearly show that most North Americans believe what we wear is a matter of personal choice, they also indicate that clothing that involves the killing of animals must meet the following criteria to be considered ethically or morally acceptable:

  • Sustainable use
    The survival of the species should not be threatened.
  • Animal welfare
    No unnecessary pain or cruelty should be inflicted.
  • Important use
    Animals should not be killed for frivolous purposes.
  • Minimal waste
    As much of the animal as possible should be used.

For a full discussion of how the North American fur trade satisfies these four criteria, see Is it ethical to wear fur? at Truth About Fur:

and read the blog post Why fur is the ethical clothing choice:

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