Etsy: Skinned Animals Aren't Artsy
Posted April 8, 2009 by Rachelle Owen
A few months ago, Shan found a necklace that was totally perfect for me. I have a small obsession with my hometown of Detroit, and she found a necklace with a Detroit map on it, in the shape of a heart. I ignored the fact that it was $18, and ordered it—from Etsy.com.
It was the first time I’d heard of Etsy, but it wouldn’t be the last. Little did I know that this “hip” and “artsy” website lets “artists” make money off of the skins of dead animals.
It personally makes me sick when companies try to pull the “vintage” argument—like it matters what year the animal was anally electrocuted and skinned for their fur.
Anyone who wears fur, and companies like Etsy that sell it—whether it’s old or new—promote the idea that violence to animals in the name of fashion is okay. It’s not.
Please tell Etsy CEO Maria Thomas that modern, successful businesses don’t sell fur. There is nothing creative or artsy about tearing the skin and fur off animals. As long as Etsy allows sellers to post fur items, Etsy is supporting the fur industry.
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