By Amy T. Houghton-Roth February 9, 2018 12:23pm ET Fur is one of the most misunderstood animal species on the planet.
We’re taught that it’s a species that’s a natural byproduct of the industrialization of fur production.
But in fact, fur is a complex, multi-faceted product made from an array of species that range from domestic animals to endangered animals, and even extinct animals.
In this piece, we’ll take a look at how fur is made and what it means to be an animal.
Fur and the Evolution of the Animal Fur industry The first fur industry began in China, when the country was ruled by a system of slavery.
In 1854, the emperor, who had been in power for more than two decades, declared war on China.
The Chinese government had banned the export of fur to China in 1853, but in an effort to keep the population in check, it allowed its population to grow by importing fur from elsewhere.
In the early 1900s, Chinese fur became the dominant fur trade, with prices for the product soaring.
The industry also made money from trade in slave labor, and was even known to smuggle slaves from China back to the U.S. In 1914, the U