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Guilt Free Fur

Posted by admin on October 13, 2010

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Lynn Morris

Everyone knows that wearing fur is wrong. But what if the fur came from a highly destructive invasive species being culled anyway as part of state sponsored control program?

A project in Louisiana has come up with a range of ‘guilt free fur’ from swamp rats. Nutria, otherwise known as swamp rats, do huge amounts of damage to the ecosystems around New Orleans. They use their massive front teeth to dig up plants by their roots creating holes in the levees hastening coastal erosion. If there is one thing Louisiana doesn’t need it is more coastal erosion.

New Orleans based Righteous Fur aims to help the state sponsored control program along by creating a high fashion market for nutria fur, with the slogan ‘Save our wetlands, wear more nutria’.

Cree McCree who set up the project in 2008 believes it’s wrong not to use animals that are culled.

She said: “About half a million nutria were killed last year but just two percent of the pelts were used. It is a colossal waste if the animals are being killed anyway. Nutria should not die in vain.”

But she does not think wearing any old nutria fur is ok. She said: “It is only guilt free fur if it is certified Louisiana pelts harvested as part of the pest control program.”

McCree calls her work ‘a giant recycling project’ and h.....

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