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Fur and Faux Fur -13 Feb 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

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”!

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