Oscar de la Renta, one of the world’s leading fashion designers, is selling headphones in collaboration with Dr. Dre with luxe silver fox fur. PETA wrote a letter to Dr. Dre stressing the importance of not using fur, “With so many fashionable, cruelty-free materials available these days, we hope that you will keep animals in mind and choose not to use fur or exotic skins in your collection.”
Priced at $695, it seems unlikely the fur would be fake. If one wanted warmer ears while wearing headphones outdoors, a headband containing no animal products and costing a mere 10 or 20 bucks would do the trick nicely.
Equally distasteful is the falsehood being perpetuated from various websites about the fur-covered headphones, that fur is cool or fashionable. A New York Times affiliated blog called The Get, calls the product “season’s coolest (or coziest, depending how you look at it)” and beyond fabulous. Another site says they “look dope as hell.” Luckymag.com says, “The luxe combination of toasty ears and tuneage costs $695—and is totally worth the splurge.” Anyone with some sense can see that such a product shouldn’t be super expensive, nor should it involve the deaths of innocent animals. Yet What’s Haute still calls them the most luxurious headphones ever.
It is truly sad these fashion websites continue promoting the use of fur, and seem oblivious to the suffering of animals.
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