Did you hear about Gilbert Arenas hosting PETA’s fur give-away at the Rachael’s Women’s Center in DC this past Tuesday? Arenas handed out second-hand furs to women at a center that supports former and current homeless women.
These kinds of events, as well as my thrift/free store & Nordstrom’s trips to find shoes, always make me revisit my ethical equation of used consumption over new consumption divided by non-animal equals wearing used organic hemp shoes in the winter!
What does your ethical equation look like? Would you choose to wear a second-hand fur over a new non-animal coat? What about new Franco Sarto faux boots (!) over second-hand leather shoes at a free store?
Does the self-knowledge of choosing to wear free leather shoes bcuz free is better for the environment trump the potentiality of perpetuating the idea that animals are intended primarily for human needs?