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Launch of ‘The Ethics of Fur’

Launch of ‘The Ethics of Fur’. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing a press release on the launch of ‘The Ethics of Fur. ‘ The first multidisciplinary book to address the subject. The new book was edited by Professor Andrew Linzey and Dr Clair Linzey, directors of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. ‘The Ethics of Fur’ is a pioneering and comprehensive book that aims to tackle the pressing issue of animal protection from a multidisciplinary perspective. It is an important and urgent contribution to the ongoing discourse on the ethics of using fur, and it provides valuable insights into the complex social, cultural, economic, and environmental considerations surrounding this controversial topic. This book is a must-read for anyone concerned about animal welfare and the ethical implications of using fur products.’

Launch of ‘The Ethics of Fur’

The new book ‘The Ethics of Fur’ edited by Professor Andrew Linzey and Dr Clair Linzey, Directors of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, is the first multidisciplinary book that addresses this “urgent” animal protection issue.

The purpose of the volume is to open up and advance further the ethical, political, and, specifically, legislative endeavours now moving at pace and to encourage the anti-fur movement.

There is much to learn from this book about the history, culture, and political arguments for and against fur that should interest scholars and students, as well as those engaged on either side of the debate. It is uncommon for academics to engage with pressing and contentious moral issues, but this is precisely where the eighteen contributors to ‘The Ethics of Fur’ lead the way.

‘The Ethics of Fur’ is divided into three parts. The first addresses historical and religious perspectives, including opposition that the fur trade has received from as long ago as the 17th century, plus the 19th-century boycott against feathered hats. It also discusses subjects such as the use of fur in clerical robes. Part two of the book explores ethical and cultural perspectives, including how Disney and pop music have influenced attitudes towards fur. Part three looks at political and legal issues.


The Ethics of Fur

Comments From Co-Editor

Co-editor Clair Linzey says: “Whatever might have been true of the past, fur production is now morally problematic regarding necessity and suffering. There is no necessity to kill animals for nonessential purposes, such as adornment, fashion, or vanity. The argument for utility doesn’t. Alternative clothing is now readily available, enduring, and less costly. Worse still, since we know that the animals exploited are sentient, causing them suffering or making them liable to suffering is arguably intrinsically wrong.”

Dr. Liz Tyson of Born Free USA describes ‘The Ethics of Fur’ as “an important book exploring the moral and ethical questions behind human society’s exploitation of animals for their fur. Informative and challenging, this book pulls no punches and provides a comprehensive overview of the fur trade’s history, present, and future. There is still work to be done to end the use of animals for their skins, but dedicated advocates have made progress over many decades. This book makes a valuable contribution to the urgent debate on fur and presents vital arguments in favour of protecting animals from this archaic and cruel practice. I applaud the authors for this ambitious work.”

‘The Ethics of Fur’ is published by Lexington Books.

RRP: Hardback £85.00; eBook £35.00

For more information or to order, see:

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The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics is an independent centre devoted to pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through research, teaching, and publication.

Professor Andrew Linzey and Dr Clair Linzey are Directors of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. Previously published work includes ‘Animal Ethics for Veterinarians’ (University of Illinois Press), ‘Ethical Vegetarianism and Veganism’ (Routledge), ‘The Ethical Case against Animal Experiments’ (University of Illinois Press), ‘The Handbook of Practical Animal Ethics’ (Palgrave Macmillan), and ‘The Handbook of Religion and Animal Ethics’ (Routledge).


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  • Rosey

    I understand not supporting the use of fur. Feathers don’t hurt the animals though, right (for the feather hats)? Or maybe I’m not looking at it correctly and it took a LOT of feathers to make the hats which would result in hurting or killing the animals.

  • Chloe

    Oh I might have to read this! Growing up my grandma wore fur jackets in winter and I thought they were so chic and it was only in recent years I really began to think about the ethics behind fur. What are your thoughts on buying fur second hand? Or inheriting it? I love my grandmas furs because they always make me think of her when I wear them, but I also hardly wear them because they can be such a controversial item … In cold places fur really is so much warmer, but I totally understand (now) the ethic questions. And then how does leather play into this?

  • Luna S

    It is crazy how much fur is still being taken from animals in the times we live in, especially because I pretty much see no one with fur on their clothing here where I live. So it is hard to picture so many people still wanting/needing it.

  • Marysa

    I have been a vegetarian since I was a child, and was always aware of staying away from anything that had fur on it. It is good for people to realize the ethics behind fur farming.

  • Ben

    I despise fur so much. I really do hate it. I’m from the south, so I’m not anti-animal raising. My father has a farm, and I have a freezer full of beef from the cows that he raised. The thing is, those cows have amazing lives and one bad day. These animals are raised in deplorable conditions and their end is no less horrible than the rest of their lives.

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