I was saddened when I learned that the First Lady said she won’t wear fur. I didn’t hear this directly, but from the animal rights protest industry group, PETA that used her image in an ad. I wasn’t surprised to learn the Ms. Obama avoids fur. Being anti-fur is almost a requirement to be a leftist and anti-environmentalist. Yes, I assert that being anti-wild fur harvesting, makes you an anti-environmentalist.
Wild-harvested fur differs from farmed-fur in that wild-harvested fur must be gained by trapping or hunting. Farmed-fur comes from animals raised in pens. I am not suggesting that fur-farming is wrong. I just want to distinguish for readers that my argument today is for wild-harvested fur.
Ms. Obama, as First Lady, you should know that America is a world leader in wild-fur. America has abundant fur resources which through the marvel of reproduction renew themselves each year. For example, hundreds of thousands of raccoons (Procyon lotor) are trapped each year providing jobs and revenue for our cash-strapped rural residents. In a time when “Green jobs” are a cornerstone of your husband’s economic plan, it would seem that you should be in full support for one of the greenest industries in the world, fur-harvesting.
I suggest that you take a few days out of your busy schedule and actually spend some time on a fur-trapping line next November. I can help connect you with some excellent trappers who can show you the reality of the work and debunk the disinformation that you have likely been exposed to. I hope that you will take me up on this opportunity.
Stephen M. Vantassel is a tutor at King’s Evangelical Divinity School, specializing in environmental-ethics. He has authored, Dominion over Wildlife? An Environmental-Theology of Human-Wildlife Relations (Wipf & Stock, 2009).
Copyright 2010 Stephen M. Vantassel