Are they killing sables to make my brushes?
January 13, 2010 12:11 AM Subscribe
If the paint brush manufacturers are only taking a certain bit of hair from an animal, what happens to the rest of the animal?
posted by blackunicorn to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Really nice sable hair watercolor brushes are marketed by touting that the bristles come from the hair of the tail of the male kolinsky sable, but only in winter. It sounds silly, but the one brush I have is unlike anything else I've ever used.
However, the more I used it, the more I got to thinking: I have what I fear to be a really naive image of a stable full of the little critters, who get seasonally sheared like sheep to make these brushes. Or maybe they're trapping, sedating, and yanking the hair. Or, and this one seems more likely, they're killing the animal to get the hair. Does anybody know for sure? What do they do with the rest of the animal if they kill it? The manufacturer's website doesn't say anything and Google hasn't really helped.