My Hubby took the Kids to the Art and Craft Market on th Rhine..as usual..he allowed the kids to choose something they wanted. I expected Jamie to come home with Earrings..and Jodie ..hmm..maybe a rock T.shirt..or something to do with wolves or gemstones.
As I guessed..Jamie had little silver earrings..just went to show how well I know our "Jimmy"..
You can just imagine the shock and horror I felt when I saw what Jodie had been allowed to buy herself. A raccoon Fur. with little holes where the ears had been cut out. I was totally gobsmacked..Even more when Jörg said.."what's the problem..the farmers shoot them anyway" I freaked out...I told him that it was against my principles..and I don't ask much from him..but this time I asked him to respect my principles..and made him promise NEVER EVER to buy our children a fur of any kind other than sheepskin.
I then asked Jodie to watch a video that PETA show..where Raccoons are kept in captivity..and then stripped of their fur while they are still alive..even after the skinning..the animal lived....only to be thrown in a big bucket..to be fed to other animals. This is the typical procedure in China who supply most of the world with those kind of furs.
I then offered my daughter the 19 Euro she paid for it..after telling her..that the animal had suffered all that pain..fur the sum of 19 Euro. Even after watching the video..with tears in her eyes..she said no..promised..never ever to buy another fur..but..since it had been paid for..the animal shouldn´t have died for nothing..and she wanted to keep the fur.
What can I say.. I am devasted..I spent half of my life..fighting for animal, child and enviroment protection..
That my own child should show an interest in such things has really made me feel sad..that my husband..allowed it to happen without thinking about the consequences..even sadder..
WHERE DID I GO WRONG?
All I can do is hope that it never happens again.