is vintage fur ethical

A reader got in touch the other day asking if wearing and/or buying vintage fur is ethical or not.  And it stumped me.

My only experience with vintage fur was when I inherited a mink hat from my grandmother at the age of 18.  It wasn’t pretty, wasn’t the kind of thing I would ever wear, and I didn’t have any fond memories of my grandmother wearing (I can’t remember her ever wearing it to be honest), so I passed it on to the charity shop as I wasn’t really sure what to do with it.  However, I understand it might be a bit different if it’s quite a sentimental piece or something amazing looking you’ve found in a vintage shop.

So, I thought it might be best if we opened up the debate to see what you think.  I love a good debate, and Moral Fibres readers are so clued up and thoughtful that I would love to hear your thoughts on vintage fur.

Do you have any advice for this reader?  What’s your take on the is vintage fur ethical conundrum?  Is vintage fur ok to buy on eBay or in charity or vintage shops?  Or is it only ok to wear if it’s inherited from your grandmother or great aunt?  Is wearing vintage fur ok if you’re a vegetarian or vegan?  If it’s not ok to wear, what would you do with it if you’ve happened to inherit it?  All the questions!  I’m looking forward to your responses.

Got a question you want Moral Fibres readers to answer.  Drop me an email on moralfibres@gmail.com and we’ll open it up for some debate.