Every December I come up with a word that will define my new year. As I look around at the worried faces, at the deaths, and the mistrust, the word that comes to mind is kindness. Not only to those that agree with me, but to everyone and everything in my life. Including animals. They can’t advocate for themselves so we must advocate for them.
I’ve always believed in the ethical treatment of animals, but I didn’t realize how many little things in life come at the expense of animals. Like clothing. I knew enough to not buy real fur, but what about faux fur. I’ve been drooling over the faux fur trend, but were they really ethical? How did I know it was even really fake fur? I’d heard accounts of some pretty horrifying stuff (only google it if you’ve got a strong stomach). Then I found Blue Rubies Fur which is PETA approved!
The “fur” is soft and warm as all get out. I’ve even been known to wear the coat around the house over pajamas in the morning. My husband will crack jokes about “Grey Gardens”, but whatever! I’m warm! And every time I wear my coat I’m grateful that this one small choice can make such a huge impact on the world around me. And its vintage feel is giving me life. So here’s to a new year! May we all create a kinder and more compassionate world.