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Animals in the Fashion World

Stand For What You Believe In
A mink in a cage. A commonly abused animal in the Fashion World.

     Famous brands have been using authentic animal skin since clothing stores first opened. Some of these brands, according to the website for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, include Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci, and Micheal Kors. Although making an arguably positive impact on the fashion industry, the same can not be said for the environment and its inhabitants.  


Animals in the Fashion Industry 

     As a society, we may ignore the cruelty animals are forced to endure, but once faced with the facts and hard truth, it can no longer be ignored. According to “PETA Leads the Charge” posted on the PETA website “PETA’s exposes of the exotic-skins industry have uncovered animals being crammed into filthy pits, hacked apart, and left to die.” Defenseless animals are abused and murdered just for an irrelevant coat or handbag. 


No Action Taken 

  Although animal cruelty in the fashion world is a hot topic, not a lot of action transpires. Unfortunately, some people don’t think their voice can make enough of an impact. However, this isn’t the case. Every number counts. Everyone adds up. If everyone works together toward a specific goal, change is possible. 


Stop Animal Abuse 

    Young adults and teens make up a strong and growing portion of the world today, so it’s important that we take charge. Some ways we can provoke change in the fashion world is to boycott non-cruelty free companies, like the ones mentioned above, posting on social media about the topic, participating in peaceful protests, and spreading the word to family and friends. If these steps are performed accordingly, although changes might not be immediate, animal cruelty in fashion brands can decrease. 


Some Healthy Alternatives 

     Going back to the idea that you can inspire change, using alternatives to real animal skin is yet another simple way of doing so. Alternatives such as faux fur and vegan fabrics should do the trick. Be careful when shopping. Although some material may not be made of authentic animal skin, it may contain plastics which also harm the environment. Be aware of which products you invest in. 

  Join the cause and support the ethical treatment of animals. Young adults and teenagers are vital in society, being such a large chunk of the population. Wearing cruelty-free clothes is not only better for the environment, but better for you. You can dress guilt-free with non-abusive clothing. Cruelty-free is the way to go. 

CrueltyFree Designers  NonCrueltyFree Designers 
  • Stella Mccartney 
  • Lauder Family 
  • Bebe 
  • Leslie Wexner 
  • Joshua Katcher 
  • Francois Nars 
  • Leanne Mai-ly 
  • Robert Hiatt 
  • Amancio Ortega 
  • Mary Kay Ash 
  • Stefan Persson 
  • Estee Lauder 

   Source: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)        

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