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More than 50 million animals are violently killed for use in fashion every year.Oct 21, 2005
Everywhere around the world in the name of fashion billions of animals have been abused and slaughtered. We humans have become so ignorant that we want to catch up in the latest trends without even realizing that how we are directly or indirectly are responsible for this cruel act in which these products are made, and how we are contributing to animal brutality.
                                      pc- PETA

Everywhere around us, we can see their billboards, magazines advertisement, and commercials with celebrities and models sporting the latest fur coat leather jackets, etc, but the question is the morality, principles, and ethics of fashion. 

We think we are kind, but what about the kindness to the voiceless animals?

Do You know?The fur industry is a threat to our environment and wildlife, contributing to higher energy costs, pollution, land destruction, and reductions in populations of wild animals, including endangered and threatened species who may be accidentally trapped and killed.

A historical Perspective of Humans and Animals 

If we talk about the history of human survival, wearing animals and furs and skin was necessary just to stay alive against extreme temperatures earlier as the earth was covered in snow, and unlike other species humans did not have fur. 

To survive, you have to kill an animal and wear the skin.  

However, presently this not the case as there are various synthetic and durable materials are available that are just as warm, durable, affordable and without cruelty.  

The role of designed brands in animal cruelty is higher

According to the New York animal’s rights, some of the famous designer and brands that are directly engaged and contribute to these horrible industries are BCBG, Donna Karan, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Versace.

Due to our ignorant behavior, it is easy to turn a blind eye to the reality that our fashion demand is creating havoc in nature, and stressing the poor animals. 

The crocodile skin purse, or belt are very expensive, and some NGO's and organisation like PETA, have been raising the constant awareness about the animal rights.  PETA published a video, where it was shown that crocodiles are killed and produced like an object without any mercy. (Watch the video here)

The popular UGG boots are a direct product of the abuse and cruelty of sheep from Australia. Even anything that has a small fur trimming or leather patch is a product of the fur framing or leather industry.  Animals like sheep are thrown, injured. Some animals get deep cuts, but they are left without treatment. Animals are tied without anesthesia while trimming for fur, and beaten brutally if they shake or resist. 
There are some horrific videos which were published in PETA India Page. 

How animals are being abused and killed for their skins?

Globally every year, thousands of leather industries slaughter more than a billion and tan their skins and hides. 

These innocent animals endure all the horrors of factory farming including, extreme crowding and confinement, deprivation, and anesthetized castration, branding, and tail-docking – as well as cruel treatment during transport and slaughter.

It’s a multi-billion-dollar business where meat industries profit from more than just animal flesh. The co-products of meat consumption include fat and blood that are used in livestock feed, tires, explosives, paints, and cosmetics; organs that are used in our food; and heart valves that are used in medicine.

So the skin of the animal is often considered to be a significant economic co-product of the meatpacking industry.

Do You know?Seals are still being clubbed and brutally slain for their fur. The Canadian seal hunt is the world’s largest remaining commercial slaughter of marine mammal; close to a million harp seals were authorized to be killed between 2003 and 2005. The use of seal fur in fashion is a contributes to this massacre.

For instance – when the milk production of cows in the dairy industry declines, their skin is made into leather. 

The hides of their calves, who are frequently raised for veal, are made into high-priced calfskin. The economic success of slaughterhouses and dairy farms is directly linked to the sale of leather goods.

Usually, most leather products are made from the skins of cattle and calves, but that’s not true leather is also made from the skins of horses, sheep, lambs, and pigs who are slaughtered for meat.

Many innocent animals suffer and faced the horrors of severe crowding, anesthetized castration, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning.

Many other species including zebras, bison, bears, deer, kangaroos, elephant, eels, sharks, dolphins, seals, walruses, frogs, crocodiles, lizards and snakes – are hunted and killed specifically for their skins.

Not only these but also rats, cats, and stray dogs are also killed for their skins, but since people are typically reluctant to purchase products made from these animals, their skins are often labeled simply as “leather”.

 A lot of the leather that comes from wildlife – such as crocodile – is actually made from endangered, illegally poached animals, when you buy leather, you can’t be sure what kind of animal it came from.

Beautiful and exotic animals such as alligators are factory farmed for their skins. On alligator ranches, up to 600 animals can be kept in a single tiny building. 

These buildings reek of rancid meat, alligator waste, and stagnant water. Usually, alligators in nature sometimes live to be 60 years old but on farms, they are being butchered before the age of 4.

Human cruelty has no limits these animals on farms are usually beaten with hammers and sometimes take up to two hours to die.

Snakes and lizards are often skinned alive because of the widespread belief that live flaying makes the leather manufactured from their skins more supple.

 Kid goats are sometimes boiled alive to make gloves and the skins of unborn calves and lambs – some of whom purposely aborted some of whom come from slaughtered pregnant cows and ewes – considered especially “LUXURIOUS”.

The western cape of South Africa is home to the largest ostrich slaughter companies in the world, which supply “luxury” ostrich skins to Hermes, Prada, and other major fashion houses.

According to the PETA, eyewitnesses saw young birds tightly packed into open-topped vehicles for the terrifying journey to slaughterhouses, where workers forcibly into open-topped vehicles for the terrifying journey to slaughterhouses, where workers forcibly restrained each bird, electrically stunned them and then cut their throat. 

Later the feather was the town of the bird’s bodies and they were skinned and dismembered.

 we live in a big, complex, connected world, and the consequences for our actions and decisions aren’t always easy to assess. The possible ways that we can cause harm are seemingly infinite, and the chances of our doing so practically inescapable. And sometimes what seems like the simplest or most correct approach, when examined closely, is actually just another tricky thicket of moral quandaries.

Many famous brands have stopped using animal made fabric in their products

 Several companies have decided not to sell silk and fur, a famous brand ASOS did last year, in recognition of the silkworms that are sacrificed in the manufacturing of the products. Huge brands like Armani, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, and most recently Chanel, have stopped using fur. Some countries are even contemplating a fur ban, as the British legislature debated in June.

In 2019, many textile industries produced in the world 85%, were woven from cotton and polyester. Neither of these fabrics uses any animals- one is natural, and the other synthetic. Both are responsible for the widespread pollution of waterways, soil, and air.

And both consume enormous amounts of resources. Alternatively in choosing the material that are alternatives to “cruel” clothing, we are also making the world more toxic for humans and animals and endangering the long-term health of the planet. We are still making choices with consequences – just because you won’t wear fur doesn’t mean you are ethically in the clear.

What can be done as an alternative to leather use?

The natural world is responsive to human care for it and we are dependent on its health for our own survival. The cruelty with animals is an inhumane act. And leather-wearing leather or fur doesn’t define fashion. So it’s very easy to find high quality, cruelty-free shoes, and accessories that can be stylish and inexpensive. 

Just about anywhere you shop, you can find a wide selection of non-leather jackets, shoes, and accessories made from materials such as cotton, linen, ramie, jute, canvas, and synthetic.

Not only fashion, the one major fact we avoid is- the environmental cost. Ultimately the animal slaughter is contributing to higher energy costs, pollution, land destruction, and reductions in populations of wild animals, including endangered and threatened species who may be accidentally trapped and killed.

Humans are already at the verge of climate change due to environmental degradation, if we keep on doing these acts, in the end--- the humanity will also perish. 

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