Living: The Furor over Wearing Furs

Assailed by animal rightists, many women face a difficult choice

When Anna La Barbera, a 33-year-old psychotherapist from White Plains, N.Y., bought a silver fox coat in 1984, she did so with joy and absolutely no hesitation. She would like to replace the aging fur, however, and she is in a quandary. "There's nothing like the warmth of fur," she says. But her physician husband is concerned about animal rights, and the arguments of anti- fur activists have moved her. "I've been struggling with the dilemma of buying fur," says La Barbera. "I like the look, but I feel real guilty." She is now shopping for good-quality wool coats as well...

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