1. Real fur is sustainable
Fur is a sustainable natural renewable resource. The most popular furs (fox, mink, and raccoon) are abundant in nature. The fur trade doesn't depend on endangered species. Faux fur is neither sustainable nor biodegradable. Oceans are polluted by molecules of plastic from faux furs.
2. The fur industry is heavily regulated
Many organizations were established to ensure the fur trade used furs from the surplus of animals in nature. Especially in North America, the fur trade is heavily regulated by state, provincial, and territorial wildlife biologists. Since 1975, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) ensures that wildlife is not endangered by trade between countries. The manufacturing of faux furs isn't regulated. Fast fashion is the second-largest polluter in the world and is an unsustainable and unethical industry. The garment workers who produce faux furs are often underpaid and overworked in deplorable conditions.
3. Fur farms have high standards of welfare
There are certifications and welfare programs in over 4000 fur farms across Europe alone. These welfare programs ensure the animals are treated ethically. Furs are raised in optimum conditions. The best quality fur comes from animals that are well cared for. In collaboration with scientists and veterinarians, fur farms have rules and regulations for the protection, handling, food and water, cage size, transportation, and euthanasia. There are very little no welfare standards for garment workers.
4. Real furs last several lifetimes
An authentic fur coat can be passed down from generation to generation. Faux furs rarely make it to the next winter.