Hi, I’ve just been having a look at various things and came across a shop that sells real rabbit fur pelts? Is that allowed on here? It’s not handmade surely and not vintage?
They could be supplies maybe? Vintage isn’t allowed anyway - they have to be either handmade or craft supplies.
oh good grief I hope not. Who’s to say if it’s rabbit and where it’s come from.
Supplies. “the finest, wild sourced & ethically tanned and treated rabbit fur skins”
Really - that would count as a supply? I don’t think you are even allowed to sell fur on ebay are you? @folksycontent
oh no I’m wrong you can apparently.
I don;t see that in this day and age there’s any need to be selling real fur
Not really to my taste but if you can sell sheep fleece and leather then why not? OK I suppose the animal doesn’t need to die for fleece but they do for leather.
I have no problem with the concept of real fur. People eat rabbit so why not use their skins? No difference from using leather if you eat beef as far as I can see.
I’ve just looked at the shop in question and this is what is said about the sourcing of the fur:
Important: Source of rabbit fur skins
The rabbits are killed for the primary demand of human meat consumption and/or pest control. The breed of rabbit we source the fur from is commonly known as ‘New Zealand’ and ‘Pardo’ rabbits.
That’s fair enough, surely. If the animals are to be killed anyway, not to use their fur would be to waste a valuable commodity.
What would those who oppose the use of fur prefer to be done with the pelts that are sourced this way as a natural by product?
I had a rabbit fur jacket in the seventies- it was lovely and warm (though probably not ethically sourced in those days). I did occasionally get tutted at by people wearing leather shoes! The milk industry and the egg industry are also economically connected with the meat industry (what happens to the bull calves? Are they kept until they die of old age?). So unless a person’s a strict vegan, they have no moral high ground as far as I’m concerned.
As long as they’re not bred and/or killed just for their fur, I don’t see a problem with it. As others have said, it’s the same as leather.
I still have mine! Haven’t worn it for decades but couldn’t bring myself to part with it.
There are two other points to be made here-If the skins have originated in New Zealand they must have been tanned in the UK to be listed on this site. Not impossible for this to have happened because there are such things as cold storage containers.
In addition, although I hate the thought of wearing fur (this might be irrational prejudice), rabbits are a serious conservation problem in New Zealand. They are non-native and destructive to the nests and generally the habitat of the many rare species of ground nesting bird that live there. It may be morally correct (and wise in terms of genetic diversity) for these rabbits to have been culled, as much as pet rabbits make lovely companions.
It is a complex problem, but sadly these are issues that we humans have created for ourselves. If you place yourself in the position of being the sole apex predator in any of the environments you live in, you also have the responsibility to ensure that the populations of the herbivores underneath you remain healthy and in balance.
Love Sam x
If they are listed as supplies it doesn’t matter where they were tanned?
True! I was just thinking that if you tan stuff the old fashioned way, that counts as a craft as well.
Love Sam x
I think it’s a very difficult thing, the moral argument. The fur trade didn’t always use fur of animals that had been slaughtered for their meat, and in some cases the animals were killed inhumanely. I think therefore there’s likely to be opposition because of the history behind it, regardless of whether it’s a by product of the meat industry. It’s an emotive subject for sure!
Personally I’d contact Folksy and ask them directly and go from there.
I had one too. I loved it, so warm and cosy. But then I started to work with and became friends with an ‘Animal Righter’ and it became too much hassle so I had to stop wearing it.
If I saw another I would buy it !