In our generation it is quite uncommon to see anyone wearing fur. Most people recognize we don’t need fur and that killing animals just for their fur seems cruel. This is a generational change because in my parents’ generation such concern generally does not exist.
This kind of logic can now be further extended to meat.
It was the use of livestock that first freed us from the chase, allowed man to settle and civilize himself… Meat and dairy products undeniably furnished a wide array of protein sources, like the soybean today… For ages people needed furs to survive in the severe elements we faced.
When substitute products are found, with each creature in turn, responsible dominion calls for a reprieve… What were once “necessary evils” become just evils. Laws protecting animals from mistreatment, abuse, and exploitation are not a moral luxury or sentimental afterthought to be shrugged off…
Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy , pp. 42-43.