Re "Faking It" (Dec. 17): So the vegans get free press in View promoting their lifestyle sans animal products. Thankfully, in America we have the freedom to choose what to wear, eat and benefit from (medical advances, for example).
I choose to wear natural products--fur, leather, wool and silk. This way my conscience is clear. I'm not polluting the planet with rubber and vinyl manufacturing plants. I'm not supporting those huge tankers that carry gasoline from which synthetics are made, and that in one accident at sea have wiped out entire ecosystems.
I am willing to bet that vegans, typically, are conscientious about the environment. The refining of oil and the production of vinyl is extremely harmful to the biosphere, so who are they helping? Let them wear jute.
HILARY HARTMAN KIP
Have these self-righteous fonts of compassion considered the fact that by replacing all animal products with synthetics such as polyesters and acrylics, they are rapidly helping to destroy the ozone layer protecting our atmosphere, thereby threatening all life on this planet?