Former TOWIE star Lauren Goodger courted controversy as she took to Instagram to sell a coat made from red fox fur.
The 36 year old reality star is selling the garment as part of a huge clear-out following her split from ex-boyfriend Charles Drury last year.
However, despite appearances, Lauren insisted the coat wasn’t actually hers and was merely an item she had inherited after a friend’s mother passed away.
Alongside an image of the garment, she wrote: “Vintage fur long brown/caramel red fox coat item not my own .. was given by a friends mother when she passed worth 4k sale 1k.”
Asking for £1,000 for the vintage item, Lauren showcased the full length fur coat as it hung on the door of her home.
However, despite her explanation as to the origins of the garment, fans were quick to hit back at the star for trying to sell a fur garment at all.
“This needs to go in the bin,” protested one follower, while another agreed adding “This needs to be set fire to !!!'
However a third commenter had a far less extreme reaction to the item, but suggested some good could come from it instead. They wrote: “How about sell it and donate the money to animal rescue… win win.”
This, it appeared, had been the star’s intention all along as her representatives later confirmed that all funds from the sale of the coat would be donated to an animal charity – something Lauren had always intended to be the case.
Fur farms were banned in the UK in 2003, meaning that fur coats are now no longer manufactured or able to be sold new, however a number of coats still exist on the second hand market.
They also pose a real problem for individuals who, just like Lauren, may have inherited a vintage garment and aren’t quite sure what to do with it.
Some of the most common ways to make use of a fur coat are to donate it to charity to help people who are in need of warm clothing, or to donate it to a local animal charity or rescue centre, so that it can be turned into warm bedding to comfort sick or abandoned animals until they can find their forever home.
Animal rights charity PETA also welcomes donations of old fur, as they can be used in the charity’s anti-fur efforts and demonstrations, with any surplus items being donated to homeless charities or sent around the world to help people in need – including as far afield as sub-Saharan Africa.
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