Trapping and hunting is what our First Nations communities do to provide an income. They have been harvesting animals for pelts for centuries - and after the Hudson Bay Co. was formed they actually got paid for their pelts. I think that kind of ruined many of the old ways, but that is a different story. Reason I know this is because my granddaughter's father and family are half Innu and half Mi'kmaq who have been harvesting animals for generations both here in NB and in Nunavut and the Ungava. Many of our early settlers depended on the fur trade as well and their descendants still do. The animals were revered by our First Nations because not only did they provide the pelts to keep them warm, they provided the basic necessity - food. Traps including the Stop, No Loss traps were an integral part of the tools of the trade. Many of these traps have now become illegal and only specific traps are allowed to be used.
Farmed animals are also a large business be it mink, chinchilla or fox for example. Sussex which is about 40 minutes southwest of us is famous for it's Silver Fox farm and the sister farm in Alberta. Silver Fox pelts commanded huge dollars and I do mean huge. Even here in the Maritimes, winters can be very very cold and furs do help a lot. I was with my buddy Gord when he showed me the Buffalo blanket that his grandfather acquired for the caleche in the winter. Man that is warm
When I lived in Inuvik, I took advantage of the availability of Native products. I bought my first pair of sealskin and caribou mukluks and probably the warmest parka I have ever owned - and yup, it was trimmed with fur - Arctic Fox.
Those that live in the Arctic or the Scandinavian countries or even you know who over the pole, understand the value of warm clothing mostly provided by trappers wares. This is just historical facts. It is simply a way of life and an important way of life just like sealing.
Oh yeah, and for me PETA stands for P
cause they is good fer ya