I have a pair of old leather boots that my neighbor gave me. I didn’t pay or support the company that made them in any way, so is it okay to wear them? Also, what if you buy fur from second hand stores? If the money is going to a local charity and not the company that made the product, is it ethical to buy them? Just wondering what other people’s thoughts were… 🙂
I personally wouldn’t wear any second hand fur because it looks like you are wearing a dead animal, even with fake fur. As for leather, I only wear my old pre-vegan leather ones for garden stuff. All my main shoes now are non leather.
This is a tough question because, on the one hand, you don’t want to send a silent message that these products are acceptable by wearing them. On the other hand, not all of us have the luxury of being able to throw out lots of our old clothes in order to buy an entirely new (cruelty-free) wardrobe! If you can do so, we recommend throwing the shoes away or donating them to PETA (for use in protests) and replacing them with leather-free products. If it is impossible for you to buy nonleather shoes right now, explain to people that while you refuse to finance the meat and leather industries with any further purchases.
About buying fur–whether the animals were killed yesterday or 50 years ago, vintage fur sends the same unacceptable message as new fur—that it is OK to allow animals to languish in steel-jaw traps, have their necks snapped, or be skinned alive simply for the sake of vanity. Instead check out our cruelty-free and super cute fashion picks: http://www.peta2.com/lifestyle/fashion/. 🙂
I have been in the same situation,I bought some shoes from a local shop and was not aware they were made with animal parts,but I personally know the store manager and I know he gives most of the money that comes into his store to charity so I wasn’t so upset after I realized everything because at least the money is going to a good cause. I do somewhat regret getting the shoes but its done and over and I have worn them but not in some time. 🙂
@NicoleLynne i hate to say it but yah 🙁 sad, isnt it? And i would never wear leather of fur because, like @CarolineS said, people will find any reason to pick at and hate on vegs, so yeah. I already get enough hate cuz i wear pleather 24/7