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'Accidental fur' company turns roadkill into fashion

Published 14/12/2015 | 06:31

Pam Paquin poses with an
Pam Paquin poses with an "accidental fur" raccoon neck muff she created (AP)

An American woman is fashioning furs out of roadkill and hoping to change an entire industry in the process.

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Pamela Paquin is owner of Petite Mort Fur, a company she founded two years ago to make cowls, leg warmers, hats, purses and more from road kill. She prefers to call it "accidental fur".

Ms Paquin hopes to offer the fur industry an alternative to wild fur trapping and large-scale fur farms.

But the industry is not completely sold on the idea. Its US trade group says North American furs are already ethically and environmentally responsible.

Animal rights groups also have mixed feelings about the idea, as some worry the products could only prolong the industry they have spent decades trying to defeat.

Ms Paquin counters that activists are being short-sighted.

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