We as humans would not be where we are today if we couldn't figure out how to use fur as blankets, teepees, clothing, etc
But I would support FARMING of kangaroos - for the reason that they are far far far more "envionmentally freindly" than cattle. The leather is stonger per weight and the meat is the lowest cholesterol meat in the world.
Greenhouse gases: Any gas that, by an accident of chemistry, happens to absorb radiation of a type that the Earth, by an accident of history, would like to lose.
The internet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhoea -- massive, difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind- boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
A buddy and I ran a trap line in Nebraska throughout our high school years. We were licensed and obeyed all of the trapping rules. We started with leg hold traps but soon exchanged them for 'killer' traps (2 squares of steel rod that snap closed on the animal's neck) as they are much more humane and you don't get trapped animals chewing off their leg to free themselves. We started out skinning, salting, stretching, and drying the pelts, but soon found out that it payed almost as much to bring in the whole animal carcasses.
Muskrats were our biggest seller, followed by rabbits. Never caught a mink. They are much too wily to fall for a trap. We did get one red fox. I still have a fond memory of getting up at 4:00a to go out into the snow to check the traps before school. Threw away many gloves that had to handle skunk sprayed traps.
Yep, as the little 'ol left wing fur trapper, I would be against a ban on fur. Fur coats are for the most part out of style these days. When I was in high school, rabbit coats were the big thing for the girls to wear. They were everywhere you looked.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
I don't support killing animals simply for fur but I don't see a need to ban people from wearing it. The only requirements I'd have for wearing fur would be that the animals not be endangered and that the fur be obtained through humane means.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK