Many companies have already proved that they care about animals by offering extensive collections of clothes made from vegan-friendly materials, but there’s still a lot of animal-derived clothing for sale this holiday season. ?

Make your voice heard with your ?!

Every time you purchase a product, you’re saying, “This is what I support.” It’s important to persuade clothing companies to ditch skins and increase their animal-friendly offerings by showing them that the demand for vegan clothing is huge. ?❤️

If you end up at one of the following stores on Black Friday (or any day), check the tags on clothing to avoid these materials, for which vast numbers of animals suffer and die:

Wool: Eileen Fisher, Forever 21,  Express, and Patagonia

Eleven exposés of 99 sheep operations on four continents have uncovered rampant, widespread abuse of sheep. Shearers were caught punching, kicking, and stomping on the animals in addition to hitting them in the face with electric clippers and standing on their heads, necks, and hind limbs. Workers have also been caught on video beating lambs as well as using sheep’s bodies to wipe their own urine off the floor and breaking their necks. 🙁

Fur: Macy’s, Dolce & Gabbana, and Sport Chek

fur cruelty, john galliano fur

No federal laws protect animals on fur farms, and the killing methods used at these facilities include anal and vaginal electrocution, gassing with engine exhaust, and poisoning. Whether it’s lining a jacket or decorating a keychain, all fur is dead.

Mohair: Free People

Mohair comes from angora goats and is used in sweaters and hats and on accessories. To obtain it, workers often pin animals to the floor and shear them with large clippers. As soon as the industry can no longer exploit the animals for maximum profit, they’re killed—sometimes, their throats are cut while they’re still fully conscious. A PETA Asia investigation revealed that in South Africa—the world’s top mohair producer—workers dragged, roughly handled, threw around, and mutilated goats, causing many to cry out.

Leather: H&M and Levi’s

All over the world, cows, pigs, horses, dogs, and other animals are killed in gruesome, violent ways—just so that they can be used for leather. Much of the leather in the U.S. comes from India, where cows are forced to march hundreds of miles in the heat—without food or water—to the slaughterhouse. Because most Indian states have banned the slaughter of cows, many of these animals are tied up, crammed onto trucks, and transported thousands of miles to Bangladesh to be killed in slaughterhouses in that country. Workers typically cut the animals’ throats and tear off their skin. Every bit of leather on handbags, jackets, and shoes came from the body of an animal who didn’t want to die. Using this cruelly produced material is gross, unnecessary, and wrong.

Down: Bed Bath & Beyond and Lululemon

Geese after feathers plucked for down at a feather farm in China.

Down feathers come from birds who were likely still conscious when their throats were cut and they were dumped into the scalding-hot water of defeathering tanks. In many cases, down is obtained by “live plucking”—a procedure performed several times a year in which feathers are ripped out of birds’ sensitive bodies while they’re still alive. Regardless of how it’s obtained, down is always the product of suffering for birds and should be avoided.

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Check the labels on clothes, and if they show that items were made from animals, leave them on the rack. Look for clothing and accessories made with Tencel, viscose, bamboo, cotton, cotton flannel, polyester, and synthetic shearling instead.

Click here to tell Forever 21 to Stop Selling Wool!