Should We Care if the Game Of Thrones Tour Uses Fur?
Winter may be coming, but animal activists would prefer that the Game of Thrones Tour stop cloaking participants in fur.
On the tour, fans of the show get to check out the filming locations, and have the opportunity to dress in costume. Activist Group ‘Northern Ireland Says No to Animal Cruelty’ wants those costumes to be fur-free.
Belfast Telegraph reports the group said, “This is a fantasy adventure series filled with magic and mystic. These do not need to be real and therefore neither does the fur.”
In response, the tour released a statement claiming only 10% did have the real deal, something they plan on considering phasing out post attack. Their statement also read, “Our intention is not to promote cruelty to animals, which is extremely out of fashion, but to ‘immerse’ visitors to Northern Ireland, who love Game of Thrones, in the real feelings, the textures – wool and leather and fur – of Game of Thrones.”
So where are the protests for the wool and leather in that discussion? These activists have good intentions, but once again bring light to a single issue – fur – and not the bigger picture. By only focusing on the coats, they further the notion that some animal exploitation is more objectionable than others, giving permission for the tour to continue wearing other animal products.
Animal use will remain something people subjectively assign degrees of violence to, unless the activism message is veganism. We cannot hope to see the end of fur coats if we don’t also encourage the choice to avoid all animal products.
Good things dragons aren’t really available for human use.
Photo from Belfast Telegraph