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It was London Fashion Week and a team of editors, buyers and celebrities pulled up outside London’s most iconic houses for world-class fashion./ Picture source: The National Student

The Freedom Correspondent: Animal rights activists and their ill-defined principles

It was London Fashion Week and a team of editors, buyers and celebrities pulled up outside London’s most iconic houses for world-class fashion.

But this time round, instead of the usual champagne reception alongside paparazzi and street style photographers, guests were met by almost 250 aggressive animal rights activists.

Showrooms looked busy and this season London fashion lovers experienced animal rights activism on a much bigger scale than usual.

Ever since green became the new black, fashion has become a minefield of moral and ethical dilemmas.

While some issues like the proper treatment of animals, deserve a public debate, in my opinion this does not give activists a right to intimidate the public by covering themselves in fake blood, shouting and spitting on people.

It’s okay for anyone to express their views on the issue of animal rights or any other issue, but sadly animal rights activists yet again go too far with it, transforming differences of opinion into dangerous intolerance.

Enough is enough. We can’t let activists intimidate us for many more years to come.

PETA was already once threatened with being listed as a terrorist organisation in Canada after one of its members physically assaulted Canada’s Ministry for Fisheries and Oceans.

While that time activists managed to get away with their bizarre tactics, they have definitely failed to learn the overall lesson. Where is the compassion animal rights activists actively promote?

PETA and other animal rights activists believe they are easing the amount of suffering in the world. However they simply trade someone’s sanity for their ill-defined principles.

No -one has a right to abuse animals, but it doesn’t make us better if we terrorise humans instead.

London Fashion week is a great example of that. More and more people stop seeing activists as sane, rational people- they are simply becoming pitiable.

I don’t have to remind you that fur has always had an ability to draw mixed, emotional reactions from the public. Call it the selfie-stick of fashion: You either love it, or you hate it.

If we look back at the history it becomes apparent that in the 90s and early 2000s it was fashionable to be anti-fur. Fur pieces were seen as old and reminded people of something their grandparents would have in storage.

Now in 2017, the tables have turned. This season coloured, 70’s style fur is one of the hottest trends, and both couture designers and small fast fashion labels are using the real stuff in their collections.

Sorry animal rights activists, celebrities too have started publicly embracing fur again. I don’t think endless anti-fur protests will change the minds of such legends as Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell or Anna Wintour.

London Fashion Week has once again shown that global fur sales are on the rise and highly in demand. The fur industry globally pulled in about $30billion (USD) in retail sales in 2015-2016.

I am pleased about it and I am clearly not the only one. Many more designers nowadays are seeing fur as a creative material. For example designer handbags now feature cute fluffy tufts and in general fur-based fashion is so much more fun and light than it used to be bringing the joy back to the catwalk.

Lets not forget about a separate, environmental argument that seems to favor fur in fashion over man-made fabrics.

I guess my question here would be- do animal rights activists know their facts and understand how them attacking people at London Fashion Week doesn’t come off as compassion?

From the very bottom of my heart I would advise PETA and their ilk to think again. Aggressive protests and cheap stunts don’t change people’s perception about animals but maybe reveal a lot about them. If “compassion” is their aim, they are a lousy advertisement for it.

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