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The Green Life: Weird and Wacky Pet Couture

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January 15, 2009

Weird and Wacky Pet Couture

Animal cruelty?

In a bit of blogosphere synchronicity, just as Britain's RSPCA declared it unfashionable and wrong to dress pets in clothes, it came to our attention that some pet owners have begun wearing clothes made of pet fur.

On the one hand . . . Dogs and cats shed. Some of them shed a lot. Professional pet groomer Danelle German decided to put that throwaway fur to use by spinning it into yarn, and an oddball fur-recycling business was born. While German specializes in handbags, other businesses will help patrons turn pet fur into sustainable hats and sweaters.

On the other . . . The RSPCA claims that dressing pooches in mini-sweaters and tiny raincoats is akin to locking a dog in a hot car. In most cases, it says, a dog's fur is sufficient for temperature regulation and adding additional layers could contribute to overheating. The group has threatened to prosecute these fashion offenders.

Share your thoughts: Do you think clothing made from recycled pet fur is green?


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