Thomas Kikis for Second City Style Magazine
As a guy, I’m rarely faced with the fur and animal cruelty dilemma.
On occasion, I’ll come across a shearling jacket or a sweatshirt with a
fur trim hood. They usually don’t fit me, nor do they fit my budget.
With such limits, I can live life without guilt. Women on the other hand have plenty of reasons to cross over to the dark side:
Chinchilla coats, tops with mink details, and sweater dresses made of
alpaca soft enough to sleep in. It’s a buzz kill when you think of what
the animals went through to be transformed from fury, four-legged
creatures to a Louis Vuitton cape made especially for Andre Leon Talley
to wear during fashion week.
After Googling “animal cruelty” I was greeted with websites
featuring squeamish pictures of rabbits, sheep, and other animals that
I could not identify. All of which were covered in blood and locked
into cages. PETA’s website screams at you: “Fur is worn by beautiful animals & ugly people.”
I understand their message, but why must they use cheesy rhymes and
elementary finger pointing in order to prove a point? I highly doubt
such PR shenanigans will catch the attention of the fashion leaders and
influencers they are trying to reach out to. But I guess everyone’s an
attention whore – even if the trampiness is for a positive end result.