Shearling = fur?

(6 Posts)
Mcmcmcmc Sun 09-Oct-16 23:31:34

Do you consider shearling coats, boots etc. to be as cruel as fur?
Just wondering because shearling actually IS fur (as in, the sheep's skin + hair) but I don't see as much outrage about it as I see about fur. I imagine it is because shearling/sheepskin is a byproduct of the meat industry, whereas other animals are killed for the fur only, e.g. fox, chinchilla etc.
What are your thoughts on this? If you don't wear fur, do you still wear sheepskin/shearling?

PrincessHairyMclary Sun 09-Oct-16 23:42:36

I don't own any but In all honesty I thought sheepskin was what they got from a sheep when the shear it in the summer, should have probably put 2 and 2 together.

I guess I would say Id never wear fur clothes but that doesn't stop me buying leather shoes, bags or sofa so I guess it would be no different to that so no I wouldn't class them the same as rabbit or fox fur.

wowfudge Sun 09-Oct-16 23:53:24

No different than wearing leather shoes.

sparechange Sun 09-Oct-16 23:56:27

Isn't rabbit fur a byproduct of the meat though? I don't think anyone is farming rabbits just for fur?

Bonkers2011 Mon 10-Oct-16 00:20:24

I think they use angora rabbit fur for clothing. The rabbits are kept and then stripped each time their fur grows.
I do wear leather but no other skin / fur.

ShmooBooMoo Mon 10-Oct-16 00:24:12

I saw a Toast parka with a rabbit fur trim and the site specified that the rabbit fur was a by-product of meat production. I don't know though...another site I saw stated there is no such thing as cruelty-free fur.
Good info on Whistles site re this kind of thing:

www.whistles.com/our-responsibility/csr-animal-welfare.html

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