Alternatives to animal cruelty
In response to the Seattle Times article regarding China buying mink raised in the United States for luxury wear [“Chinese love for mink warms U.S. ranchers,” Business, March 22]:
It is 2013. We have electricity. Science has moved us forward and companies have created sub-zero[-ready] clothing and gear that does not use animal hides. It is unnecessary, especially if you live in the United States.
We have alternatives to wearing animal skins, unlike our forebears 200 years ago. The practice of raising animals for their fur is a barbaric and unnecessary practice.
Visit a fur farm and you will never wear fur again. In fact, you will not advocate the raising of animal pelts for “export.” It is one thing if it is your only source of warm clothing, such as worn by the Inuit, but the Chinese wear these tortured animals for “luxury” fashion. Let’s not be their source of animal cruelty.
–Dolores Rogers, Seattle