(From 9 countries)
USA: Rick, Jami | Iran: Bahare, Elham, Behnam, Zeinab | Argentina: Eliana, Johny | India: Reneesh, Yusuf, Haary | Vietnam: Amina | Tunisia: Amin | France: Djamila | Pakistan: Ayisha | Algeria: Soso
Panel PRO (Team A): Jami, Eliana, Amina, Johny, Elham, Behare, Reneesh
Panel CON (Team B): Djamila, Ayisha, Amin, Yusuf
Audience (Team C): Behnam, Haary, Soso
Just listening; Zeinab
Team A summary
Jami: People may be encouraged to do more killings for the sake of selling fur.
Eliana: All clothing made with fur/skin should be banned! in this way we safeguard valuable species such as tigers, otherwise people see an animal and see only sign $$$$$ and don’t see the true importance of species. I am very happy because in Argentina last week was fined for 300,000 pesos a boutique who wanted to sell a carona (part of the saddle of a horse) of a tiger (Panther onca)
Elham: We don’t need animals nowadays to make clothing. In the past, it was the only way to have clothing but we have better and cheaper materials now. Let’s be kind to animals.
Amina: Animals have feelings just like humans. We should look after all animals and don’t use them for our own benefit.
It’s not fair and cruel for animals.
Bahare: We should not kill animals so that we can feel beautiful. We should protect them, not kill them. We can always use artificial materials and not kill the animal for its fur.
Reneesh: most animal fur is used for clothing and the animals are not being eaten by humans, their bodies are thrown to the side using anything but the fur. This is a waste because animals should be treated fairly and not have them suffer cruelty just to make someone’s coat or jacket.
Johny: (was unable to speak)
Team B summary
Djamila: It’s too hard to use the word ban because it depends on the country we live. Some people use it for things they need. We can use the fur if the animal is already dead. The practice though should be regulated.
Ayisha: If animals’ skins are being used to generate money then yes, it should be banned. Nonetheless, Animal skins and leather are good for protecting old people. If we ban it, people who are in the business related to this would be jobless. If the animal is already dead, then it is okay to use their skin. Some animals are slaughtered for religious rituals and it’s a tradition. People from cold climate need to protect themselves from cold.
Amin: You care about animal torture due to their skin? Think of the millions animals that are killed so that you can eat. We are already mistreating them so one more torture is nothing. We should care more about humans because we are above animals, they come second. We should rather care about a more humane way to kill them. After all, we are humans, we own animals’ life and we can kill them whenever we need jobs, warmth and food.
Yusuf: killing animals is part of some culture. It’s hypocrisy to be against animal killing and brag about how much you like eating meat. Once the animal is dead, better to make the most of it.
Team C summary
Behnam: We are needed people and we use nature to satisfy our needs and in this regard there is not difference between plants and animals, we can make use of everything.
Behnam voted for B.
Team B won this debate. Thanks everyone for participating. Below are the links to listen to this discussion