How to Dispose of Natural Furs
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Furs are a controversial item but it is possible to sell or donate natural furs, depending where you live. How you dispose of fur items depends on your own view of the ethics involved. It is worth noting, however, that second-hand furs do not involve the killing of any new animals.
Putting the furs in the trash or burning them might be satisfying if you are passionate about animal welfare, but it is not the most environmentally friendly action. In some places, a steadily growing demand for vintage furs exists from people who want real furs without the main moral dilemma. Many charities also welcome donations of natural furs to resell, to send to people in need or even as comforting bedding for rescued wild animals.
Identify the animal the fur came from. Fur from common farm animals such as rabbits is subject to fewer restrictions than fur from endangered animals such as ocelots. Fur from animals farmed just for their fur, such as mink, may also be restricted in your area. Identifying information is often found on a label on the item. Guides to identifying furs are also widely available online. If you are unsure, contact a fur dealer or wildlife expert.
- Furs are a controversial item but it is possible to sell or donate natural furs, depending where you live.
- Fur from animals farmed just for their fur, such as mink, may also be restricted in your area.
Sell the furs, if this is legal in your area. Upmarket vintage clothing shops may buy furs. Otherwise, advertise them online. Bear in mind that second-hand furs, especially from endangered animals, might be legal to sell in one place and you may see plenty of advertisements, but you could be breaking the law in your own area. Check your country's or state's regulations first.
- Sell the furs, if this is legal in your area.
Donate the furs to a thrift shop. Phone the shop first to see if it will take them. Not all thrift shops accept such items and in some cases it is illegal for them to sell furs.
Donate the furs to an animal welfare organisation. Some animal charities collect old furs for educational purposes or as bedding for rescued animals.
Judith Willson has been writing since 2009, specializing in environmental and scientific topics. She has written content for school websites and worked for a Glasgow newspaper. Willson has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.