Quick thoughts…..

Angela Kelly, British fashion designer and the Queen’s longtime dressmaker, revealed in her memoir “The Other Side of the Coin (2019)” that the queen would no longer wear fur. Any new garments made for the monarch, including coats, hats and ceremonial robes requiring fur, will be made with faux fur. Humans first began wearing clothing made out of animal pelts and fur since the 11th century which signified wealth, luxury and high fashion. Over the last few decades fur has been contested by animal rights groups to stop the production and sale of fur products. The issues surrounding fur are a result of animal cruelty. Methods used to kill animals for their fur include gassing, electrocution and neck breaking. These killing methods lack empathy and are not a byproduct of the meat industry, fur-bearing animals are farmed or trapped purely for fashion purposes. The queen’s decision, therefore, signals a shift in attitudes towards production, sales and consumption of fur products. It is impossible to raise fur-bearing animals under captive conditions that adequately ensure their wellbeing while maintaining financial viability. Shifting attitudes are a direct result of sustainability, acknowledging methods and practises that do not support the rights and dignities of other living things at the expense of entertaining human tastes. We can no longer exploit natural resources because they are at our disposal, especially by people who refuse to engage with the production methods involved in the clothes they consume. It is in our interests that we hold each other responsible, farmer-producer and producer-consumer, for unethical practises we experience in our society to achieve and maintain sustainable mindsets across the globe.

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