Real or Fake
From handbags and coats and hooded parka trims
with their soft allure, as they adorn our limbs
and swinging pom poms, on stiletto heels in pink,
so soft and elegant, it really could be mink.
Warm winter coats, hang on long clothes rails
reduced in price, it’s the end of season sales.
Delighted with the purchase, the price was really cheap,
if you knew what they’re made of, it would make you weep.
Three leading retailers, it was announced yesterday,
are selling real fur items, throughout the UK.
They have all claimed, that they thought it was faux
and how it entered their supply chains, they really don’t know.
They said they’d take action and remove the product
and will certainly investigate, any possible misconduct.
Animal rights groups have said, shoppers are being misled,
as they think they’re buying faux, but it’s real fur instead.
Nine out of ten people refuse to buy fur, a survey has found,
but did you know a strip of raccoon fur costs as little as a pound?
The problem has arisen, because of trade in the far east,
but the cheaper the better, they couldn’t care in the least.
Raccoons have many litters, all from just one pair,
and are kept in conditions and denied veterinary care.
They are being mass farmed and often alive they are skinned,
for their soft dense pelts and then their carcasses are binned.
The grim reality is, that real fur can be produced
more cheaply than fake, it has been deduced.
Fur farms have been banned in the UK since 2003,
but this current situation, we did not foresee.
So if you are not sure, if your garment is real,
test to see if inside it’s stiff to the feel,
or look for fibres, that taper at their ends,
this is the advice, that PETA recommends.
But if when you’re shopping, you are really still unsure,
avoid buying at all and just do not procure,
as when shops feel, a drop in the revenue that they make,
they’ll insist on suppliers, guaranteeing it’s fake.