Let’s face it: Whether you like it or not, fall is creeping up—and school is right around the corner. It’s time for back to school sales, picking out new digs, and putting together your new school year wardrobe. Want to make sure there’s no blood on your hands this school year? Follow my advice and avoid these five things!
I won’t lie: A 15-year-old me probably would’ve gotten down with this (and attached them to my 5-sizes-too-big goth pants), but now I know better. Although versions of this fad are fake, many are very real. They came from very real animals who were trapped in very real fur farms … or in very real steel leg-hold traps. These tails belong on foxes, raccoons, and other animals—not your jeans or backpack. If you’re wearing a tail, you might as well wear a full-length fur coat … and you wouldn’t do that, would you?
WTF—really? It takes roosters who produce these feathers months to grow them, and now thanks to a passing trend, they’re being killed for them. DIY, cruelty-free feather extensions are better, cheaper, and no one had to die for them—got it? Good.
If you could ask ‘em, cows would tell you they would rather not have hot chili peppers rubbed in their eyes. They don’t like being castrated without any painkillers, and they don’t like having their throats slit while fully conscious. This is what you support every time you buy leather (that and includes leather trim). Avoid it! Check labels on shoes, purses, belts, and wallets for “man-made materials”—easy, right?
Sweaters are a back-to-school must, right? Before you hit the checkout, make sure you check the labels. Even “5% wool” means 100% suffering for sheep who are used for their cute wooly coats. In Australia, where a lot of wool comes from, sheep farmers hack the backsides out of fully conscious sheep in order to prevent maggot infestation. The grossest part? It doesn’t always work and maggots can eat the sheep alive.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—even a “little” fur trim is too much. Animals killed for their fur endure cramped, filthy conditions before being bludgeoned to death, drowned, gassed, or anally or vaginally electrocuted and sometimes skinned alive. When you’re shopping for a new winter coat or comfy hoodie, watch out for the trim!
Know someone who sports one of the above? Yikes! Share this blog with them to show them what’s up.