We love a bit of weird fashion, but we can’t tell if Pamela Paquin is just plain weird or a genius. The owner of a two-year old company, Petite Mort Furs based in the Boston area makes neck muffs, leg warmers, hats, purses and more…from roadkill. You read that right. Paquin told The Huffington Post “If we can pick that up, we never have to kill another fur-bearing animal again” when discussing the battle against using fur in fashion, she says “clearly advocacy had failed, alternatives must be found. Making use of animals that would otherwise be thrown away is sensible”. However, many have their reservations. Animal rights group Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said “We’d just say it’s in very poor taste” and declined to elaborate further. Lisa Lange, senior vice president at People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA) told The Huffington Post that there’s “never an excuse” to wear fur, but that it’s “far better” to wear roadkill than farmed fur. Citizens to End Animal Suffering and Exploitation (CEASE) said “A business that promotes wearing real fur as fashionable and acceptable may well create more demand for fur from all sources, and could give fur wearers a shield from legitimate criticism”.
Paquin has no background in fashion or design, and before her clothing range mainly worked in office jobs for environmental and sustainability organisations. The products are high-end, ranging from $800 to $2,000 depending on the product and the fur used. Each product comes with a personal note explaining where and when the animal was found, and Paquin works with animal control specialists to gather the carcasses, but skins many of them herself. What do you think? Is it still wrong to wear fur even if it was killed by accident?