Because animals are NOT fabric.
No one thinks animals should be bludgeoned, suffocated, anally or vaginally electrocuted, nailed to trees, or skinned alive, right? All these things happened to animals killed for their skin.
Before being turned into fur coats, millions of minks, rabbits, foxes, coyotes, and other animals languish in filthy, cramped cages on fur farms or struggle in excruciating pain after being trapped in the wild. Alligators, snakes, and other animals farmed for their skin are raised only to be slaughtered and skinned—many while they are still alive and struggling to get free.
No animal is safe, no matter how cute. In the largest marine massacre on the planet, thousands of baby seals are bludgeoned to death on the ice floes of Canada every year, just so that their fur can be sold for clothing. These animals are so young that most of them haven’t even taken their first swim yet.
Still not convinced? Millions of dogs and cats are killed for their fur in China every year. Cat and dog fur is often deliberately mislabeled as fur from other species and sold to unsuspecting consumers.
Every bit of animal skin, no matter how small, represents the intense suffering of all animals who are killed to make clothing. Every fur coat, piece of fur trim, pair of UGG boots, leather shoe, and snakeskin wallet is the same—because we’re wearing someone else’s skin, not our own.
By shopping cruelty-free and avoiding fur, leather, wool, down, and exotic skins, you are speaking out against cruelty to animals. Vegan products are available at mainstream stores like Payless, Target, H&M, Forever 21, and more! Just look for faux leather, faux fur, cotton instead of wool, and other synthetic (or “man-made”) materials!