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  • The main focus for new Vegans should always be eliminating meat, dairy and eggs

  • It is not always practical or financially possible to replace

  • every non- Vegan product that has already been purchased

  • The damage has already been done once the product is bought

  • But once you deeply connect with Veganism,

  • it often becomes uncomfortable to wear clothing made from animals

  • And as clothing becomes old and worn out,

  • you have a responsibility to replace all products with more ethical ones

  • The main industries which use animals for clothing are the

  • fur, leather, wool, down and silk industries

  • Most animals used for fur live and die on fur farms

  • Animals like mink, rabbits and foxes are kept in small cages

  • which cause a lot of physical and emotional stress

  • They're fed meat byproducts unfit for human consumption

  • And they're killed in ways which protect their fur

  • Some methods like neck breaking, poisoning and anal electricution are common

  • While fur clothing is becoming less fashionable,

  • fur trim coats and boots are still popular

  • Although finding faux fur should be simple,

  • it is often cheaper to produce real fur than faux fur

  • So some companies lie about their materials

  • meaning a product labelled as fake fur could still be made from an animal

  • The easiest way to avoid fur is to buy clothing without any kind of fur or faux fur

  • But if you do want to buy something,

  • you can look on the Humane Society's list of certified faux fur companies

  • And if you pull the hair back, you will see either a skin or fabric backing

  • If you want to be certain about it once you've purchased it,

  • cut a few pieces of hair off and burn it

  • If it's real, it's smell like burnt human hair

  • If it's fake, it'll smell of plastic

  • If you find that it is real,

  • you can take it back to the shop where you purchased it

  • The fur industry has become a popular target for activists to critisise

  • Shame on you for supporting the fur industry!”

  • But the leather industry's just as cruel

  • People think that leather is merely a byproduct of the beef industry

  • but there is such a demand for leather that the animals are killed specifically for their skin

  • Most leather comes from India cows

  • To transport them to a place where they can be legally murdered,

  • cows are shoed and roped

  • then they're forced to walk through the heat and dust without food or water

  • Many animals collapse from the stress of this

  • When they become weak ans slow, their tails are repeatedly pinched and broken

  • in a sick attempt to get them moving

  • Handlers are in such a hurry that they use nose ropes and twist their necks and tails

  • They also use chili peppers and tobacco to keep the animals moving

  • They rub the pepper directly in their eyes in order to get the animal back on their feet

  • The men that load them into the trucks are often forceful and rough

  • The new experience of travelling combined with

  • a lack of food and water leads to severe nausea

  • Half of the animals are already dead before they arrive at the slaughterhouse

  • They're generally killed through hacking and sawing with a dull blade and are usually killed in full view of each other

  • Leather can be sourced from many different animals including

  • alligator, sheep, pigs and deer

  • And there are many different names for different types of leather

  • Like buckskin, suede and shell cordovan

  • In spite of the incredible harm the leather industry causes,

  • real leather has become a symbol of quality

  • So clothing made from Vegan materials are often coated with tiny amounts of cow skin

  • so that they can be labelled as real leather to increase sales in the market price

  • Leather is probably the most common non- Vegan material

  • found in all kinds of clothing like bags, shoes, belts, jackets and gloves

  • Since leather is more expensive than syntehtical alternatives,

  • products are usually labelled as real leather

  • which is easy to spot and avoid

  • Cheap products like shoes, bags and wallets are often

  • made from pleather which is plastic leather

  • There are also fake leather products made from PVC and

  • high quality products made from materials like cork, kelp and microfibre

  • There seems to be a myth that all faux eather products are inferioir to cow skin

  • While cheap, poorly produced faux leather does break down quicker

  • due to cheaper subtitute ingredients being used in the manifacturing process

  • High quality leather alternatives are strong and durable and have a long lifespan

  • Most clothing will have a clrear label

  • For shoes, look on the inside of the heel or the underside of the tongue

  • There should be a stamp somewhere saying smoething like:

  • Leather upperorAll man made materials

  • Although sometimes there are just stickers with symbols

  • If tit's made of made of textile, man made materials or other materials,

  • they won't contain leather

  • But don't be afraid to email companies or ask in shops

  • Most people think that wool is just like a haircut for sheep

  • so it can't be unethical

  • But just like the fur and leather industries, the wool industry is driven by profit

  • So the most efficient methods will always be used

  • Sheep in the wool industry have been genetically modified to

  • produce far more wool than they actually need

  • This is a lot like breaking someone's leg and then giving them a wheelchair

  • and expecting praise

  • And regularly shearing causes nicks and cuts

  • And in order to prevent the excess attraction of flies and a condition calledflystrike”,

  • the wool industry practicecs mulesing

  • This is a cruel procedure in which part of a sheep's flesh is cut off

  • of his or her hindquarters without anesthesia

  • When sheep get older, they stop producing as much wool and

  • they're sent off to slaughter as they're no longer seen as profitable

  • Just like leather, wool is a very common material

  • which is found in things like coats, jumpers, socks and hats

  • You can buy alternative clothing using materials like rayon, cotton,

  • hemp, linen and bamboo as well as synthetics like

  • acrylic, nylon and microfibre

  • Just make sure to check the label and avoid clothing containing any types of wool

  • The down industry plucks feathers from geese and ducks

  • which causes considerable pain and distress

  • While their feathers are being torn out, their skin is often torn open

  • because the workers are always instructed to be as quick as possible

  • Buying down also supports the foie gras industry

  • This produces profit by selling the feathers of the force fed ducks and geese

  • Down feathers are found in coats, jackets and other insulated products

  • But fortunately there are plenty of coats made of materials like cotton and polyester

  • with synthetic insulation like primaloft and thinsulate

  • So look on the label or item description for down for words like duck and goose

  • And then look for alternative products

  • In the silk industry billions of potentially sentient silkworms are

  • steamed or gassed alive in their cocoons every year

  • so that we can use their silk to make clothing

  • Silk is found in clothing like dresses, scarves and underwear

  • But there are plenty of alternatives made from materials

  • like rayon, nylon, milkweed seed pod fibres,

  • tencel, silk- cotton tree filaments,

  • ceiba tree filaments, polyester and lyocell

  • Also avoid the other silk containing materials which are listed below

  • Most everyday clothing items are made from materials like polyester,

  • cotton and acrylic and are Vegan

  • For example, most t- shirts and trousers are made of cotton

  • and a lot jumpers and hoodies are made from acrylic or polyester and cotton

  • Although it might seem like an extra effort checking labels initially,

  • you'll quickly get to know which products and materials are and aren't Vegan

  • So eventually it'll be effortless

  • But for some products like shoes and belts you might need to look online

  • It's not widely known but a lot of shoes made from Vegan materials

  • do contain animal based glues

  • By emailing a company, you might be able to find out

  • but in many cases not even the companies know what the glues are made of

  • The good news is that synthetic glues are now replacing animal based glues

  • So don't let this discourage you

  • Just always do the best you can

  • In the booklet below I've included link to

  • all the best online stores for buying Vegan shoes and clothing

  • It's important to mention that Vegans should always strive to

  • buy the most ethical and environmentally sustainable clothing possible

  • We're all accustomed to buying extremely cheap yet unethical products

  • So buying Vegan, organic and fairtrade clothing can seem too expensive for most people

  • The best way to overcome this is by buying secondhand Vegan clothing from charity shops

  • And it's also a good idea to become a minimalist

  • and only buy clothing that you really need

  • This is the most ethical and environmentally sustainable way to live

  • Some Vegans believe that second hand leather or wool products are acceptable to purchase

  • While they do technically cause no extra harm to animals

  • they do help promote the idea that animals should be commodified

  • If you're not okay with wearing shoes made from abused and killed human skin,

  • you shouldn't be wearing cow skin shoes either

  • Just as with Vegan cometics,

  • keep in my mind that many new Vegans choose to use up

  • and wear out all non- Vegan products

  • It's okay to do this

  • Don't let arrogant people try to call you out for being inconsistent

  • Remind them that Veganism is about eliminating animal products

  • as far as possible and practicable

  • Wearing out old clothing doesn't undermine your ethics

  • As always, check out the booklet below which contains more

  • detailed information and links to Vegan friendly shops

  • I also have complete guides to Vegan food and Vegan cosmetics

  • So check those out too

  • And if you want to help support me in creating

  • helpful resources like this one, which take weeks to make,

  • please visit my Pateron page and consider donating

  • And if you need help progressing to a Vegan lifestyle,

  • email me or add me on Skype

  • Thank you for watching

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    羊奶 posted on 2018/04/02
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