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"Compassionate Clothing" Alternatives to Staying Warm this Winter

Updated on January 21, 2018

PETA Reports the Cruelty that Produces Leather, Down and Wool and Lists Humane Alternatives for Shoppers

In a recent media release, PETA encourages vegetarians, vegans, and animal lovers to help end animal cruelty by choosing from warm and fashionable alternatives to animal-derived materials this winter.

According to PETA, "kicking, punching, and hair-pulling" is literally what happens when sheep are shorn for their wool, and geese are plucked for down. "These gentle animals are well aware that wool sweaters and down pillows aren't so nice after all," says PETA.

PETA urges shoppers to choose vegan alternatives for clothing because of the heinous abuse that is reportedly inflicted on animals in order to manufacture leather, down, and wool.

How Leather Is Produced

PETA reports that leather is produced by the slaughter of millions of cows, pigs, sheep, and goats every year. "They are castrated, branded, dehorned, and have their tails docked, all without anesthetics," PETA says. "Then they are trucked to slaughter, bled to death, and skinned. Leather is not simply a slaughterhouse by-product: it's a booming industry. The meat industry relies on skin sales to stay in business because the skin represents the most economically important by-product of the meat-packing industry, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture," states PETA.

How Wool Is Produced

PETA reports that much of the world's wool comes from Australia, "where tens of millions of sheep each year undergo 'mulesing,' a gruesome procedure in which shears are used to cut dinner-plate-sized chunks of skin and flesh from the backsides of live animals, often without anesthetics."

How Silk Is Produced

To obtain silk, the fiber that silkworms weave to make cocoons, worms are steamed and gassed alive in their cocoons by manufacturers, says PETA.

PETA states that humane alternatives to silk include nylon, milkweed seed-pod fibers, silk cotton tree and ceiba tree filaments, and rayon.

How Down Is Produced

Down, which is used to fill some comforters, pillows, parkas, and other products, is the soft layer of feathers closest to the bird's skin, says PETA.

PETA reports that down is plucked from geese and ducks while they are alive or after slaughter.

"Many geese used for down are held down by workers who tear out the birds' feathers while the animals shriek in pain and terror...birds are often plucked so hard that the skin rips open, leaving gaping wounds that workers crudely stitch back together in the same unsterile environment in which the birds were plucked. All this is done without anesthetics," PETA says.

PETA adds that many of the birds who are used for down are also used for foie gras (French for "fatty liver"). Foie gras is produced by cramming a tube down birds' throats and force-feeding them until their livers become diseased and swell up to ten times their normal size, PETA reports.

Vegan Clothing Products

For vegan alternatives to warm winter clothing and bedding, PETA lists the following companies, which are either vegan or sell alternatives to leather, fur, or down. Customers are encouraged to look for the "PETA-Approved Vegan" logo.

Bedding

Amazon

Bed Bath and Beyond

JC Penny

Kmart

Kohl's

Overstock

Sears

Target

The Company Store

Walmart

Sleeping Bags

Eastern Mountain Sports

L.L. Bean

Mountain Gear

Mountain Hardware

Sierra Trading Post

Slumberjack

Sports Basements

Target

The North Face

Snowboarding Boots

Naturalizer

Payless Shoe Source

Winter Coats (Insulated)

Backcountry.com

Campmor

Eastern Mountain Sports

Eddier Bauer

L.L. Bean

The North Face

Vaute Couture

To order your free vegan starter kit, visit https://www.peta.org/living/food/free-vegan-starter-kit/v2/

The following video shares PETA's most recent success story about a rescued bear named "Fifi":








Thanks to PETA's Efforts, Beautiful "Fifi" Now Thrives

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      ecoprincess 

      7 months ago

      vegan fashion is on the increase with many local uk brands emerging, hope to see it becoming more available in the future:

      http://veganline.com/

      www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk

      www.animacosciente.com

      youresovegan.co.uk

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