The highly debatable conversation in fashion has existed since times immemorial. Some embrace it while others disgrace it. Zhivali gets down to the bottom of the topic and finally puts an end to this cacophony.

Right from the dawn of civilization, the records of which can be dated back to the caveman era, man has worn fur. Of course back then, the term ‘fashion’ was not even thought of, it was all about the survival of the fittest. In the absence of technology, animal hide was the only means of protecting oneself. This had led to the discovery that fur and leather was a great resource when it came to clothing. Had it not been for these resources, the plight of our forefather’s survival would’ve been very bleak in the critical environmental conditions back then.

So now that one is living in the sophisticated twenty-first century, are you trying to challenge and question the very resource our forefathers used for their survival? Think about it.

The most common question raised when it comes to wearing fur in fashion is, “Oh, you’re killing animals! Isn’t that cruel?” Well, how about asking questioning each sector that exploits animal resources whether its animal testing for scientists or dairy farming that caters to million people every day. At the end of the day, one thing is clear that just because you can physically feel and touch the animal on a garment doesn’t mean the pain endured before it got served to a non-vegetarian was any less. The fact is that animals cannot communicate by themselves and neither can they take independent decisions. Every interaction between man and animal is a one-way communication. Man and animal need each other to co-exist, there needs to be a balance. Imagine the impact of the world turning vegetarian, the population of farm animals would be an unstoppable mess leading to upset food chain. Similarly fur uses the skin as a resource rather than the meat. It uses the animal nonetheless but just a different facet.

Despite being an avid animal lover, when it comes to the rational approach (and not emotional aspect of it), I support the use of fur in fashion. People need to stop stressing over the emotional aspect and get moving. With intellect given only to man in the entire animal kingdom, its time to put it to some use.

Fur once worn for survival is now also worn as a statement on the runway. What is the fuss all about? If it really had to be shunned, it should been done right at the start. The outfits are ultra-cozy and stand the test of time when it comes to durability. Just like other body parts, it utilizes the skin so nothing goes to waste. The animal is killed anyway.

With Fendi venturing into Haute Fourrure, it seems inevitable that come what may but fur in fashion will never go out of sight. Karl Lagerfeld, the creative vision behind the Italian luxury brand equally defends the use of fur in fashion. In a bitter spat with the Peta UK Director Mimi Bekhechi, he mentioned, “It’s very easy to say no fur, no fur, no fur, but it’s an industry. Who will pay for all the unemployment of the people if you suppress the industry of the fur? The hunters in the north for the sable, they have no other job, there is nothing else to do. Those organizations who are much against it, they are not Bill Gates,” he added.

However, dark alleys exist in every field where unnecessary exploitation takes place. Fur and leather should not be resourced at the cost of the declining population. Animal sustainability is equally important. There should be special reserves meant only for those purposes. Poaching is an absolute NO. Designers should only resource materials from places that follow ethical practices while procuring the animal. People need to rethink and expand their mindsets about notions created blindly by mass-movements rather their own instincts. Regulatory bodies should provide fair and neutral viewpoints of the same and work towards the betterment of this growing industry with caution to prevent over-exploitation.