UGGs aren’t just ugly—they are made from the skin of abused and terrified sheep.
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 …
… 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.
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.
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.
Target has tons of wool-free styles to keep your feet warm!
Reneeze makes cruelty-free boots in all colors of the rainbow! Get them on Amazon.
Fourever Funky has a few styles in cute leopard print (no leopards harmed!)
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.
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