Queen Elizabeth has been criticized by animal rights groups for wearing a fur coat on Christmas Day.
It seems the media were divided about whether to criticize her, or praise her for her thrift – the coat being more than 50 years old.
We all know the controversy surrounding the wearing of animal furs. Being an animal lover myself, I absolutely support the humane treatment of ALL animals in ALL cases.
Oh, I have heard the stories about the inhumane manner in which some animals are trapped and killed for their furs. It’s disgusting and I cannot bear to think about it.
But what about wearing leather? Or eating meat? There doesn’t seem to be the same outcry for these activities.
Some animals (minks) are farm raised for their pelts. Is this so much different from raising beef cattle or pork?
Is wearing a 50 year old coat going to bring back the lives of the animals who once wore the Queens’s coat? Or was she being castigated for what appeared to be an outward show of support for wearing furs?
Perhaps she wore the coat to keep warm! And in my opinion, the Queen should wear that coat whenever she pleases!
But what about the rest of us? Should we drag out our furs and wear them? Destroy them? Give them away for someone else to wear?
I bought mine more than 25 years ago. There wasn’t quite as much controversy on the subject then as there is today. My lifestyle then was such that I found occasions to wear them. And they are beautiful!
Now there are not that many days here that such a warm coat is needed. But when it gets really cold, nothing is as warm as a fur coat.
I haven’t worn mine in almost 20 years. Well, I take that back. I wore the long one a few years ago to walk the dogs on cold days. Is my mink coat now relegated to being worn in the fields and woods so that only the dogs see me?
I’ve been told wearing furs is not as controversial in other countries as it is in the U.S. What is your view on the subject.
I close this post with the story about a woman who inherited a fur coat. One day she was approached by an antifur campaigner who screamed at her, "What poor creature had to die so that you could wear that coat?"
Puzzled, the woman frowned and replied, “Why, my aunt. Why do you ask?”
I look forward to your comments and opinions.