No one in our family wears fur coats. First of all, we live in Alabama. We barely need to wear any coats ever. Second, we don't have that kind of cash laying around to spend on something we'd never use. Third, I do think it is kind of cruel to kill an animal for fur when we have other coat options. If we were living elsewhere (Siberia) or in another time(pre-industrialization) I can see the need but today fur coats are an unnecessary excessive luxury (just one girl's opinion, here). I'm no vegan but, come on.
Anyhow, I have never expressed this opinion to my children. As a matter of fact, they have never even seen modern fur coats until this week. So, they're watching one of our most favorite shows, "How Its Made," the other day. On the episode they start showing how fur coats are made. They begin with beaver fur pelts, blah, blah, blah. Well, our kids do know what beavers are. A family of them lives at my parents' lake and wreaks all sorts of havoc there. Nevertheless, the kids love the beavers.
As the announcer is talking about the fur coat making process Evie (age 5) screams, "What!? They kill animals just so people can wear the fur?! Who would do that?! That is awful?!" (She is also covering her face with her hands and on the verge of tears)
Ever the loving brother Holdyn (age 7) replys, "Oh, come on, Evie! Give the guy a break! He's just doing his job and trying to make a living!"
What? Where did either of these children get these ideas? I was sitting there looking at them and trying not to bust a gut laughing at both of them. But, also I was proud. They have different opinions and feel they can express them freely in our home. Kinda cool, I thought.