Further people-powered progress in the campaign against the cruel production of angora wool – global fashion brands New Look and Esprit have suspended angora production over animal-welfare concerns.
In a statement, New Look said: “[W]e have taken action and put our angora production on immediate hold”. Likewise, Esprit said: “As long as the industry lacks credible certification and proof that it complies with according policies on animal welfare, Esprit imposes a ban on Angora wool”.
Angora, which is used to make gloves, sweaters, hats and scarves, comes from the fur of long-haired … Read more.
Yesterday, in a move that genuinely put animal welfare first, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled that the EU ban on the import of seal fur and other products because of “moral concerns” is legal.
The WTO was not impressed by Canada’s far-fetched claim that the commercial seal slaughter can somehow be humane, meaning that Canada’s desperate attempt to revive the archaic and cruel practice of bludgeoning baby seals to death may have finally died. This victory comes on the heels of pleas from tens of thousands of PETA supporters and letters … Read more.
Here’s the not-so-fluffy lowdown on wool – and some facts that you’re not likely to learn from the industry’s sales pitches.
About 30 million sheep are farmed in the UK, and they are sheared of approximately 22,000 tonnes of wool every single year. This may not sound out of the ordinary until you learn that a third of this wool is labelled as “skin wool”, a grim name for wool which is torn from slaughtered lambs’ bodies.
Wool, far from being green, is a by-product of an industry which slaughters … Read more.
A few weeks ago, we reported the excellent news that the mayor of Wrexham, David Bithell, had ditched his ceremonial robes after a compassionate PETA supporter pointed out that they contained real fur.
That set us off to wondering how many other mayors around the country were still using robes with real fur, perhaps without even realising. So we decided to write to each and every one of England’s lord mayors to find out – and, of course, to request that they go fur-free!
Sixteen mayors wrote back with a positive … Read more.
Singer and Strictly Come Dancing star Dionne Bromfield is known for her powerful, soulful voice – and now she’s using it to speak up for animals! In her new ad for PETA, she strikes a pose to protest against the abhorrent cruelty of the fur trade, in which animals such as rabbits and foxes are kept in tiny, filthy cages before being beaten and skinned alive.
Dionne may be only 17 years old, but the star is one to watch and already has an impressive musical track record, from performing with her … Read more.
Wearing the skin of another animal – an animal forced to live in a cramped, filthy cage before having the hide ripped from his or her back – is a pretty disturbing fashion statement.
For anyone who hasn’t yet grasped that message, this thought-provoking ad should be an eye-opener. Donated by top ad agency Ogilvy & Mather, the video depicts a catwalk show with a twist: the statuesque models are “foxes”, and their grisly outfits include a coat made from dozens of “human arms”.
In reality of course, it’s humans who … Read more.
Actor and animal rights campaigner Pamela Anderson just made a heartfelt appeal, urging the World Trade Organization (WTO) to uphold the EU’s ban on seal-fur imports.
As the baby-seal slaughter approaches, Pamela points out that there is no longer any market for seal fur, nor any justification for this cruel industry, in which sealers shoot and bash in the heads of helpless seals when they are just weeks old.
(C) Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
As a proud Canadian, I’m saddened that Canada is trying to use the WTO to
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People around the world are celebrating the Chinese New Year today – it’s the Year of the Snake. To mark the occasion, here are some lesser-known facts about these fascinating reptiles:
- Snakes and other reptiles have pain receptors and respond to painful stimuli just as humans do.
- In the exotic-skins industry, hunters often nail snakes to trees and skin them alive before tossing them in a pile to die.
- Flying tree snakes can glide between trees over distances of 24 metres or more.
- To make it easier for workers to
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Celebrity designer Sadie Frost knows that vegan fashion has never been more en vogue. As judge of PETA’s first-ever Vegan Fashion Awards – along with fellow fashionista Meg Mathews – she got to check out the fantastic range of stylish animal-friendly clothes and accessories available today, from men’s shoes to ladies’ handbags.
From the catwalk to the high street, clothes produced without harming animals are everywhere, and the trend is here to stay – great news for animals and for conscientious consumers, who no longer have to go to great lengths to … Read more.
We’ve just brought our campaign against fur to the country that buys more of it than any other in the world – Russia.
With well-known TV presenter (and vegan) Olga Shelest as the face of the campaign and a series of hard-hitting ads appearing on Moscow’s streets, people in Russia will soon have no excuse for overlooking the appalling cruelty that lies behind their animal-skin garments.
Olga admits that when she was younger, she owned a fur coat – before she learned the gruesome facts about where it came from. “When … Read more.