I was having an on-line discussion this morning with a group of ladies who sell Vintage clothing and accessories about FUR and it reminded me of my previous BLOG: Wear Your Own Skin
The consensus in the group seemed to be that if the fur is Vintage one should use it rather than waste it. Some sell it and some do not. I do not sell fur at EVOLUTION VINTAGE but I totally agree about the non-waste element. I would never wear it so what can you do with your fur? There are several places and organizations that will compassionately recycle your vintage (and non-vintage) fur coats, stoles and accessories.
PETA SAYS: “Whether the animals were killed yesterday or 50 years ago, vintage fur sends the same unacceptable message as new fur—that it is OK to allow animals to languish in steel-jaw traps, have their necks snapped, or be skinned alive simply for the sake of vanity.”
Donate & Re-Cycle your old or new fur for education, helping the homeless AND helping other animals. Not only is it a compassionate choice but you will receive a tax credit. I think PETA's point with the homeless is that one would need to be destitute with no options and use the fur to keep warm and essentially stay alive. I don't think they are making an exception to those that are without homes. Some of PETA's methods are unorthodox but no matter what your opinion, they DO help animals and provide a voice for them they would not otherwise have!
PETA uses furs for education displays, to warm the homeless AND for Women/Children in Afghanistan & Iraq - Click HERE for more information on their program(s).
How To Donate?
Mail your unwanted furs to:
Attn.: Fur Campaign
501 Front St.
Norfolk, VA 23510
The Humane Society of the United States has a "Coats for Cubs" program. All of the furs received by The HSUS are sent to wildlife rehabilitators, who use the furs to warm and comfort orphaned and injured wildlife.
HOW DOES IT HELP THE ANIMALS?
"According to the HSUS "More than 200 rehabilitators from across the United States and Canada now participate in the program. The furs are cut into an appropriate size for the animal, whether it be a bobcat, fox, raccoon, squirrel, or rabbit, and placed inside the animal's enclosure. The furry blanket becomes a surrogate mother to orphaned animals, reducing stress and giving comfort."
How To Donate:
Place your fur in a sturdy box (a large padded envelope is fine for small items) and mail it to The HSUS at the following address:
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Attn: Coats for Cubs
Jessica Stam for FENDI - F/W 2010
In my opinion wearing real fur is WEAK and NOT CHIC! and it is my sincere hope that fashion houses realize it, like FENDI who's brand has literally been built using the backs of animals. With all the faux fur alternatives and textiles there is now NO excuse for wearing real fur or for designers to use real fur in their designs.
Imagine a world like this??? I bet the animals can.
Style Yourself Compasionately Chic this Fall/Winter in a FAUX-FUR Vintage Bomber Jacket, Caplet Coat/Cape or 3/4 length Coat from EVOLUTION VINTAGE