The term fur refers to the fine, soft body hair of non-human
True fur comes from animals where the coat consists of short
ground hair and long guard hair. Fur served as an important source of
clothing for humans, especially in cold
countries, where it remains a popular luxury item. Producers and wearers
of fur have recently been criticized because of mounting beliefs that animal
trapping and fur farms are cruel, and that the killing of animals for clothing
is made unnecessary by modern natural and synthetic fibers.
Sources of fur include:
Contrast the use of sheepskin and
fur trade played an important economic
role in the past. Fur trappers explored and opened up large parts of North
America, and the fashion for
hats led to intense competition for supplies of raw materials.
The popular name of fur fetishism refers to a fetishistic attraction
to people wearing fur, or in certain cases, to the fur garments themselves.
fur" designates any synthetic material which mimics
the appearance and feel of real fur, without the use of
Animals without fur may have the epithet "naked",
The Naked Ape and
naked mole rat.