Saturday, August 13, 2005

Abortion Advocates on the Lamb

David Wharton of A Little Urbanity finds in the fashion industry a perfect example of pro-choice hypocrisy—the debate over a textile known as astrakhan:

It used to be called "Persian lamb, karakul, or in some cases broadtail," according to the NY Times. (I'm convinced that the new name is an attempt to ride the coattails of Harry Potter.)

Astrakhan is the wooly lamb skin of the karakul sheep, and, apparently, the younger the lamb, the finer the fur. Good astrakhan comes from sheep just a few days old. For the very finest fur, called "broadtail," you have to harvest the lambs before they are born. Lamb fetuses.

But for designer Carmen Marc Valvo, "That's just a little too much." So also for designer Albert Kriemler. "[He said] he would never use broadtail from a lamb fetus. The astrakhan in his designs comes from naturally born lambs..."
Other designers seemed similarly squeamish....

You may accuse me of unwarranted stereotyping if you wish, but I'm guessing that pretty much all of these designers are fully paid up members of pro-choice charities and organizations, and would probably support a woman's right to an abortion right up through the third trimester.

But they're trying to appear more humane in the fur world by saying they don't use lamb fetuses for their fur, but rather slaughter them after they're born?
Wait, wouldn't it be more humane to kill the fetuses? I'm not getting this.
Read the whole thing, and comment on Wharton's blog.

You gotta love Wharton's headline: "The Silence of the Astrakhan."