Today, I'm going to discuss the ethical side of veganism. This is usually not an area I focus on because my website is geared towards veganism from a health standpoint. However, I thought it was important to speak just a little bit on my thoughts concerning wearing animal skins, mainly fur.
The reason I am addressing this today is because just recently Lady Gaga was in the news about a letter she wrote in response to PETA slamming her for wearing fur. Her letter then in turn got the attention of Russell Simmons, who then penned a letter to her. You dizzy yet? (lol) Anyway, I have read PETA's letter, Lady Gaga's letter and the letter Russell Simmons' wrote to Lady Gaga. I was especially drawn to the one Russell Simmons wrote because I appreciated his non-judgemental way of expressing his concern. I have always considered myself a non-radical and non-judgemental vegan. My approach has always been to live by example and educate rather than berate. I realize there are many ways to approach a matter and everyone has a right to go about it how they want. However, I find it can be harmful to a cause if your approach turns more people off than on.
As I have mentioned many times before, I came into veganism from a purely health standpoint, so once I stopped eating meat, I was still wearing animal skins. I do make it a point now to avoid buying clothing that comes from animals, but that is my choice. After viewing video on the barbaric ways in which we obtain clothing from animals, most specifically in this case, fur, it's hard for me to reconcile purchasing items that I know came from useless suffering, especially with all of the alternatives that are available.
In any case, everyone has a right to choose how they want to eat, live and spend their money on. I don't have to agree with it, but I am not a fan of trying to bully someone into making a change. More often than not, that will make them more so stick to their guns than it is to change their viewpoint. However, I know there are exceptions to every rule and some do respond to a more "in your face" and radical approach.
At the end of the day I believe it's about making an educated choice. I have long said this pertaining to choosing a plant-based diet and I feel the same applies here. At least take the time to know how your food gets to your plate and I urge you to do the same in regards to how clothes get on your back.
I hope you take the time to read all the letters, especially the one Russell Simmons wrote and further take a look at the video he posted within his letter as well. I warn you that the footage is graphic, but hope you will watch and learn nonetheless.
In love and health,