I was wondering what is anyone’s stance on secondhand animal skins like a wool pullover from a thrift store or a vintage leather purse. If it doesn’t contribute to further killing by not supporting the company who made it and it promotes recycling, is it still an animal lover no-no?
If you wear a leather item in public places, others may see the item and feel supported in their purchasing/wearing of leather products.
If you just want to wear the leather item around the house where nobody’s going to see it, no worries then.
When you purchase a leather item from a second-hand store you are still, to an extent, supporting the production of leather.
This is because your purchase supports the mentality that leather products are valuable and desirable.
Here’s a scenario to help you understand what I mean:
A woman and her friend are at a clothing store.
The woman is contemplating purchasing a leather jacket.
She eventually decides that the price is just a little too high and begins to walk away.
Her friend then reminds her that leather coats are known for having decent second-hand value and that she could get a fair amount of her money back at a later date by selling the jacket for cash or by donating it for a tax write-off.
The woman decides to purchase the coat.
You might argue that you’re just one person and that your refraining from purchasing second-hand leather isn’t really going to have much of a positive impact.
Well, if everyone were to use that reasoning, you would be correct; no positive impact would be made.
But if everyone realizes that each of them makes a tiny positive impact and that – together – their tiny positive impacts make a significant positive impact … well that’s different isn’t it?
Not only will a significant positive impact be made but that impact will become greater as each refraining individual sets an example for other individuals.
Whether the animals were killed yesterday or 50 years ago, vintage fur and other animal skins sends the same unacceptable message as new fur—that it is OK to allow animals to languish in steel-jaw traps, have their necks snapped, or be skinned alive simply for the sake of fashion.
Personally, I don’t support second hand skin. The idea of wearing leather,wool, fur etc. makes my skin crawl :$ I think its hypocritical for a vegan to wear animal skins and wool. Also, despite that fact that second hand skins do not directly support the industry, we’re sending people the message that its okay to wear animals as long as they don’t directly contribute to the industries (Which actually takes away from the message that we’re trying to get across ‘Animals are not ours to wear’). I think its easy enough to find great pieces of clothing without wearing someone else’s skin, wool, fur etc. 🙂
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