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Why condone hurting the babies of other Mothers?

Published 07/18/08
By Jessica Stout, Office Generalist

My Mom gave me the coolest reason for her becoming a vegetarian that I had ever heard.

It was shortly after the birth of my now 10-year-old brother. She said that it hit her that, when she was eating meat, she was eating another Mother’s baby; and that realization broke her heart and she never ate another morsel of meat again.

This logic can be applied to many of the issues that face animals, but I think best applied to fur.

People can argue that you need meat to sustain yourself and that it is healthier (despite heaps of evidence pointing the other way). But fur is not functional; it is strictly fashion.

So with my Mother’s logic, why would a Mother want to hurt another Mother’s baby, just in the name of fashion?

Google the maternal care given to newborn mink, rabbits, foxes, chinchillas, and all of the other animals used for fur. You will find that, just like human Mothers, they nurse their babies, they nuzzle their babies, and they become distressed when their babies are in danger, and will defend the lives of their young fiercely. And even if the fur coat is not the fur from a baby animal, that adult animal was once a baby that was cared for, nurtured, and protected by its Mom.

Bearing that in mind, I was quite disappointed to see pictures recently of Demi Moore, Kate Hudson, and Brooke Shields, all wearing fur.

I was disappointed because these are all women that I greatly admire, not for acting, but for who they have presented themselves to be in the world. They have been women that I have appeared to be women who have taken a grounded approach to their lives and the way that they raise their children.

We constantly hear about the Britney Spears–type celebrity Mothers who lead by poor example and have even endangered their children in many situations. But Demi, Kate, and Brooke have not only appeared to be shining examples of strong women to their children, but have made that a public statement through words and actions. Every time I have heard them speak, they sound intelligent, self-assured, and caring. And like the kind of woman who would be fiercely protective of her babies.

This leads me to believe that, unlike the J. Lo’s and Eva Longoria’s of the world, they do not wear fur because they are shunning the possibilities that animals have feelings and really only care about status and fashion. In fact, I have seen recent photos of Demi carrying around a cute little dog, and read all about Kate’s new hair care line that is aimed to promote wildlife conservancy.

I believe for them it’s just a matter of education and presenting the situation in a way that they can look at it from an educated perspective, and make a well-informed decision. It’s about presenting them with the question: If you wouldn’t allow someone to so cruelly hurt your babies, why do you condone hurting the babies of other Mothers?

So I call upon the Born Free USA united with API supporters, Mothers and non-Mothers alike, to send them a letter letting them know this.

It’s not about strong-arming them, it’s not about throwing red paint on them, and it’s not about publicly pummeling them with words of anger and rage.

It’s about talking to them about the facts, and empowering them to make an informed decision. It’s about reaching out to them as women of strength, courage, and knowledge; and above all, it’s about reaching out to them as Mothers who would do absolutely anything to not let any harm befall their babies.

I have provided a sample letter. Feel free to use it, or make it your own.

  • Brooke Shields
    c/o Nancy Gates
    9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2401
  • Kate Hudson
    c/o Patrick Whitesell
    9601 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
  • Demi Moore
    c/o Peter Levine
    2000 Avenue of The Stars
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Or leave Ashton Kutcher a friendly comment on Myspace.com

Sample Letter

Dear [Name],

I have been a fan of yours for a number of years. You have been a good role model, with strong presence, and been a woman that shows strength and conviction in the spotlight.

I was surprised to recently learn that you wear fur. It seems to contradict much of what you have portrayed yourself to be in the public eye.

I recently heard a good analogy that, as a Mother, let’s be respectful of other Mother’s babies, and not hurt them. While it may be easy to believe that the foxes, minks, and other animals used for fur do not have the same maternal bond with their offspring as you do with yours, consider how much time and consideration that they put into nesting and finding suitable birthing grounds for their young. How much they care for, nurse, nuzzle, and cuddle their young. The time that they take into grooming them, and making sure that they are all eating. And also consider how most of them will literally fight to the death to protect their young.

I assume that you would do the same for your young. No matter how old that they get, those feelings will never fade.

I ask as a supporter of you and your work, and the wonderful role model that you are for women to look up to, to please consider no longer wearing fur. I ask you to consider it as a strong woman, a progressive thinker, a role model, and most importantly, another Mother.

Thank you for your time.

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