The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, when the holiday gift-shopping season really gets underway. But for animal rights advocates nationwide, it’s Fur-Free Friday, also an occasion to hit the stores—to urge consumers not to buy into the cruelty of the skins trade.
Yes, “skins.” Even on Fur-Free Friday, it’s important to remember that fur isn’t the only material used for clothing that results from the suffering of animals. Like fur, leather, for instance, comes from animals who are raised on crowded farms and killed using cruel methods—some are even skinned while they’re still alive. Whether it comes from a snake or a sable, a cow or a chinchilla, it’s all skin—and we, not they, can live without it.