In the past several years we’ve been seeing the words “faux fur.” My
high school and college French classes came to the rescue, when I first
came across this expression for “false” fur. However, I wonder how many
people mispronounce the French word “faux” as “fox”? (The correct
pronunciation, of course, is “fo” or “foe.”) I also wonder if this
doesn’t cause confusion?
Mind you, my purpose in writing this is not to split hairs about the
use of language. I am concerned about any possible negative consequences
this may have on the animals. I do not wish to see the use of fur
trivialized or promoted in any way. Just think of the hell that animals
go through to provide humans with vain adornment! As for warmth, there
are far warmer, lighter weight synthetics available today. Modern
skiers, mountain climbers, anyone who spends time in extremely cold
conditions knows this. So there is no excuse for wearing fur – period!
Many years ago I was one of those ridiculous fur-wearing jerks. But I
changed. This change coincided with my “heart change,” when I became
what is popularly known as “a born-again Christian.”
Some people suggested that fur coats be given to the poor. I could
not see doing that. Why should I give to the poor something that would
set a bad example? After much thought, I cremated my fur coat and
accessories. To this day, I have never regretted doing this. As far as
possible, I believe in “putting my money where my mouth is”!