The vegan community can be very pushy although I am vegan I never try to impose my lifestly on others. There is a bigger picture to consider when we are out promoting our truth. See the funny thing about truth that I often say is it’s not universal truth in indiviual based. But for some vegans the world should be vegan because it creates sustainablitlty. Let’s talk susstainability: the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. a good leather jacket, belt, or pair of shoes will last years, if not generations. Isn’t that how sustainability is supposed to work?
No element of fashion has provoked more anger over the years than the use of animal fur. Some of the animal-rights movement’s earliest campaigns, dating back to the 1970s, involved actions against fur-wearing women (some of whom had their fine mink coats splashed with red paint). Animal rights activists won another victory this very week, when Gucci announced it would be phasing real fur out of its collection. Gucci’s president, Marco Bizzarri, said the move demonstrated “our absolute commitment to making sustainability an intrinsic part of our business.”
It’s not difficult, of course, to make the case that a $41,000 embroidered mink coat is a luxury, and not worth that animal’s death. Just don’t ignore the rest of the story: First, that coat employed Italian artisans for 90 hours just to complete the intarsia embroidery. Second, the best mink today comes from the U.S. and Scandinavian countries, such as Denmark, where the mink industry consists of highly regulated family farms. For the Danes, mink is sustainably integrated into the economy: the animals are fed fish bycatch and leftover meat from other industries, raised in clean and healthy environments, and are put down painlessly with carbon monoxide. All parts of the animal are used for animal feed and even biofuel—a modern update of the indigenous practice of respecting the animal by making good use of every part of it. In other words, phasing out mink harvesting might save animals, but it does nothing for sustainability. The two are not the same, and it’s high time people stop using one to sell the other.
In fact, if you stop to ponder those indigenous customs, questions only multiply. Should native people suddenly abandon their traditions in order to comply with Western vegans’ morals? Should the Nomadic Sami tribe in Scandinavia stop hunting reindeer and start making polyester-fill puffy coats? Should Chinese families stop making silk and start working in rayon factories? For that matter, should African shoemakers stop using leather from local springbok, nile perch, and overpopulated Kudu, and turn to Asian pleather? If they stop hunting these animals, what will they eat? Will the vegan community send them care packages of vitamin B and cookbooks that incorporate locally foraged legumes?
As far as the clothing Native Americans of the Plains made most of their clothing out of tanned animal hides. They made their finest clothes from the skins of antelope or mountain sheep, their everyday clothes of deer or elk skins.Very often they decorated them with special designs of porcupine quills, and later, with trade beads. Do we twll them their ways are not good for the envirnment? and they should change their ways and traditions? After all getting a hand me down mink coat that’s been in the family for years or finding a good wool coat at the local thrift shop is that not sustainability?