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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wow

So..I was trying to find some good winter boots, right? I've been eyeing UGGs for a long while now, but I've been stupid enough not to see the reasons to not purchase a pair of these boots.

1. They are made of sheepSKIN. This means the sheep is slaughtered for the sole purpose of making these boots. Some may think the sheep goes "unharmed" in the process of making UGGs, but there you have it. They kill them, so celebrities and fashionable people can wear them. Of course they are good quality, but would you really want to walk around with a dead animal on your feet?

2. They are SO expensive! I've never been a girl for fashion brands, really. I'm not saying I'm a cheapskate, I just don't see the point in paying hundreds of dollars for a pair of boots, or a sweater, or a pair of pants or whatever.

There are plenty of animal friendly UGG-like boots out there. You can for example get a lot of faux fur boots or vegan boots. Amazon.com offers a variety of these, just type in "vegan boots" in the search field :)

I also came over this article, thanks to one of my friends on facebook; http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/wool-industry.aspx

There is a whole lot I don't know or haven't researched and I didn't know this either. It makes me want to stop wearing wool altogether. My impression of the wool industry has been set in my mind from when I was a child, and I watched programs and stuff where they shaved the sheep and it didn't look nearly as violent as described in this article. But then again, I was a kid, I didn't think about the "secrets of the wool industry".

I am not a vegan/vegetarian, and I know there's no excuse in saying "but that doesn't mean I want animals slaughtered". But at least I want to contribute to the cause by not _wearing_ the animals. I barely eat red meat, in fact I'm thinking of quitting it altogether. The only thing I could never ever quit eating, though, is fish. If I cannot become a vegetarian/vegan, I could be a pescetarian. Or at least eat less meat :)

7 comments:

  1. FUCK Animals!
    Meat is the man! NOMNOMNOM.

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  2. "In Australia, where more than 50 percent of ... wool—which is used in products ... lambs are forced to endure a gruesome procedure ... in which huge chunks of skin and flesh are cut from the animals' backsides, often without any painkillers."

    As an Australian, I'm extremely upset and ashamed that such a thing is going on in this country.
    And I agree, the anonymous comment was unnecessary. Not to mention depressing.

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  3. people have been wearing animal skin ever since humanity was born...extremes are just wrong. I wouldnt agree to animals being slaughtered...but also, protecting ALL of them all the time is impossible. we all have to live and preserve the balance.

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  4. i myself work in the wool industry and i can say that where i work atleast the animals are treated very well and maintained in the best standards in the region. i read that link you posted and im horrified that such cute little animals are tortured like that...it makes me sick to think that people in the same line of work as me dont care for their animals :(

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  5. I don't think that's true, I mean, it just doesn't make sense. I'm not defending them or anything, just think it like this:
    -you get the wool from sheeps
    -the more sheeps, the more wool
    -the more time they are alive, the more wool you get
    -the more healty they are, the better wool you get
    so, harming them wouldn't be, like, bad for business?
    You can say I'm being naive, that I can't possibly know what's happening in every farm, but it still doesn't make sense to me :/

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  6. Well..of course not ALL who make wool do this, but even if it only happens some places it's still pretty disturbing :x

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