All animals were created by God to be our companions. Read Genesis 1 and 2.
How can you get animal skins and fur to wear without being cruel, and thus evil? To use your words.
People who take pleasure in the suffering of another living being, or the products of that suffering, are indeed hard of heart. Look up the Biblical references. When Noah sacrificed some of the animals from the ark, God said that the intent of the human heart is evil from youth (Genesis 8:21).
Really think about what you are saying and doing.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary