What is happening across the globe for the animals?
More good news is that we all have the power to help. See what you, too, can do for the animals. And ultimately also for the planet.
To your vegan friends, the answer is simple: nothing of animal origin.
And it can’t be easier, the vegans think. Vegans know how to avoid the animal products lurking in everyday products. Usually, they learnt this through trial and error. But now, they can interpret food labels.
Also, to vegans, the best, tastiest, easiest and most plentiful food is vegan. In their mind, they see a vegan table laden with food. There is anything you can think of, from curries to pasta, tacos, burgers, wraps, bowls, bakes, fries, fritters, soups and salads. And everything is colourful and yummy.
In another of their epic fights for animals, PETA urges us: do not wear alpaca and mink fur.
For the love of alpacas
PETA has convinced fashion retailer Vince Holding Corp. to stop using alpaca fleece across all its brands. This includes Rebecca Taylor and Vince.
They join more than 50 other brands that banned alpaca fleece after PETA told them that alpacas were mutilated and abused by the alpaca-fleece industry.
However, the fashion house Anthropologie refused to stop selling this cruelly produced material — even after it was implicated in a PETA investigation into the alpaca industry. The footage revealed that workers hit, kicked, tied down, and mutilated pregnant, crying alpacas at the company’s supplier.
Tell Anthropologie to drop alpaca fleece on: https://www.peta.org/action/alpacas-suffering
Mink fur typically comes from animals who are forced to live in deplorable conditions and die in agony, says PETA. Yet, inexplicably, the false-eyelash company OpulenceMD Beauty claimed during its Shark Tank appearance that the mink fur it sells is “cruelty-free”.
PETA writes: “The fur industry is an endless nightmare for millions of intelligent, solitary minks who rightfully fear humans. Instead of swimming, climbing, and foraging on thousands of acres of wetland habitat like they would in nature, minks on fur factory farms are imprisoned for life. They live in filthy wire cages so small that they can take only a few steps in any direction. They go insane—endlessly pace and circle and even bite into their own skin—because they are denied everything that gives their lives meaning.
“Animals on fur farms frequently suffer from untreated infections and missing ears and legs, and they often lack basic necessities such as food, water, and medical care. Farmers gas, electrocute, or break minks’ necks before tearing off their skin.
“As a product of the fur industry, not only are mink lashes a direct contributor to the horrors of factory farming and the deaths of millions of minks every year, they’re also partly responsible for fuelling the coronavirus pandemic. 19 Mink-related outbreaks of COVID-19 have been recorded on fur factory farms in 12 countries—Canada, Denmark (where a variant of the disease in minks infected humans), France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S.—resulting in the emergency mass slaughter of tens of millions of animals.”
See how we can make a difference? After complaints from consumers, the beauty retailers Sephora and Velour stopped selling mink-fur lashes.
What you can do:
- Wear vegan lashes
- Urge OpulenceMD Beauty to drop fur lashes immediately. Do it on https://support.peta.org/page/30433/action/1?locale=en-UST
- Watch PETA’s video about conditions on a mink fur farm here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kFb5M1yr0U&feature=youtu.be
Earlier this month Israel became the first country in the world to announce it will ban the sale of animal furs. The ban becomes effective at the end of 2021.
The Israeli Environmental Protection Minister, Gali Gamliel, described the use of skin and fur in the fashion industry as immoral. He said: “The fur industry causes the killing of hundreds of millions of animals around the world and involves indescribable cruelty and suffering.”
The ban exempts the use of fur in scientific research, education, or instruction, and for religious purposes or tradition.
What you can do:
- Say no to fur!
Nevada recently became the ninth state in America to ban cages for hens in the egg industry. This is the result of campaigning by Animal Equality and other animal protection groups and will affect 3,5 million hens a year.
The Italian fashion brand Gucci has introduced three new sneaker styles in Demetra, a new leather alternative. Demetra is animal-free and contains more than 77% plant-based raw materials. The sneaker ranges, The Basket, New Ace and Rhyton, use Demetra alongside organic cotton, recycled steel, and recycled polyester. https://www.gucci.com/us/en/st/capsule/gucci-basket
Nike, in collaboration with Piñatex, is launching its Happy Pineapple collection — a vegan version of its old Air Force 1 sneaker range, in vegan pineapple leather. It features new versions of Nike’s Air Max 90, Air Max 95, and Air Zoom. The previous leather uppers were replaced with canvas, the Nike swoosh and logo is in Piñatex and the remainder of the shoe features cork-based materials.
Piñatex uses left-over leaves from pineapple harvests to create waterproof vegan leather.
What can you do?
- Buy vegan, do not buy leather.
Sharon Núñez, president of Animal Equality, handed over more than half a million signatures to the United Nations, to ban the sale and slaughter of animals in wet markets in Asia.
What you can do:
- Sign the petition on www.animalequality.org and/or make a donation.
Estonia is the latest European nation to ban fur farming. It is also the first Baltic state to do so. The act will now prohibit the breeding and keeping of animals solely or primarily for the purpose of fur farming. It excludes sheep and rabbit breeders.
According to the Fur Free Alliance, current European fur farming practices are incompatible with even the most basic animal welfare standards, as well as the EU law. Animals typically live in cramped, oppressive conditions and often experience injury and disease.
At the beginning of the year, Estonia’s largest fur farm announced it was empty. The Estonian government will issue no new permits for keeping mink and raccoon dogs after July 1, 2021. It will prohibit this style of fur farming after January 1, 2026. This makes Estonia the 14th European nation to ban fur farming.
What you can do:
- Don’t ever wear fur!
Together we have made a difference in the plight of animals everywhere. And if we continue fighting for them, we will make an end to their senseless suffering.