UGGs aren’t just ugly—they are made from the skin of abused and terrified sheep.

sheep used for wool in transport truck

In the wool and meat industries, before sheep are slaughtered for their skin or flesh, they’re forced to live miserable lives: Lambs’ ears are hole-punched, their tails are chopped off, and the males are castrated … 

sheep used for wool in transport truck close up

… all usually without anesthetics or pain relief.


Sheep are typically crammed into crowded pens. It’s also considered “normal” in the Australian wool industry for approximately 3 million young lambs to die every spring.

patagonia lambs severed tails

Not only are wool and sheepskin products cruelly made, they’re also bad for the environment. In New Zealand, methane emissions from enteric fermentation (burping and passing gas), coming mostly from sheep, make up more than 90 percent of the nation’s greenhouse-gas emissions. Wool production also results in damaged land and polluted water.

sheep used for wool

Remember: Every purchase of UGG boots or other wool products supports extreme cruelty to animals. If you want to keep your feet warm and snuggly, check out these cute cruelty-free boots instead:

Airwalk makes a great alternative that looks just like the real thing—minus the gross dead skin. They’re available at Payless ShoeSource.

Airwalk Payless Ugg Boots

Payless Shoesource 

Target has tons of wool-free styles to keep your feet warm!

Target uggs


Reneeze makes cruelty-free boots in all colors of the rainbow! Get them on Amazon.

Reneeze Uggs


Fourever Funky has a few styles in cute leopard print (no leopards harmed!)

fourever funky leopard uggs

Fourever Funky 

If you have a little bit more ? to spend, Paw J boots are a good investment. They’re high quality, water and stain resistant, and come in a variety of colors and fur patterns.

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PAWJ California 


With all of these options, it’s no wonder everyone’s giving UGGs the boot! Show the world that you, too, can stay warm with compassion by stepping out in some vegan boots. #WearYourOwnSkin

Learn more about how you can help sheep and other animals who are killed for their skin:

who are you wearing banner sheep

Help sheep: Expose the truth behind sheepskin products and share this post with your friends.