Peta – No Fur Pins

There’s no excuse to wear fur.

Animals killed for their fur and skin are slaughtered in gruesome, cheap and cruel ways. Many of the most common methods – such as gassing and electrocution aren’t always lethal and some animal regain consciousness while they are being skinned.

Much of the world’s fur comes from China where animals are routinely skinned while they are still conscious and struggling to escape. 

It’s not just wild animals that are tortured this way for the fur trade, domestic dogs and cats in China are also bludgeoned, hanged and strangled with wire nooses so that their fur can be turned in to trim or trinkets and this fur is often mislabeled as faux.

Most fur comes from factory farms – filthy places where animals spend their entire miserable lives in cages so small that they can’t take more than a few steps in any direction or do any of the things that are natural or meaningful to them.

The frustration of life in cages causes many animals to go insane and chew their own limbs, cannibalise their cagemates or throw themselves repeatedly at cage bars.

Some fur comes from animals who were caught in steel-jaw traps which cause so much suffering that they’ve been banned in 80 countries.

Animals caught in these traps struggle for hours in excruciating pain as the trap cuts in to their flesh, often down to the bone.

Some animals, often mothers that are desperate to get back to their young even attempt to chew off their own trapped limbs and then when the trappers return, they strangle, beat or stamp these animals to death.

Animals killed for their skin and fur endure miserable lives and horrific deaths but they don’t have to . With so many luxurious non-animal alternatives available, you can help make the world a kinder place by never buying or wearing animal skins.

Fur is dead and PETA have launched some enamel pins that you can wear to let people know that the skin you’re wearing is not real!

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Get yours now.

Also check the PETA website to find out which fashion brands are Vegan approved.

Extract on the fur trade taken directly from PETA.

Faux Fur Checks

There’s absolutely nothing glamorous about wearing fur, why would anybody other than a complete psycho want to wear the skin of another creature on their body?

The only creature that need to wear fur is the animal it belongs to in the first place.

Faux fur however, looks great and I for one love it!

I’ve heard it said before that wearing faux fur promotes the wearing of real fur, what rubbish.

Granted that with farmed fur from China being imported and illegally and falsely being labelled and mis sold as faux, you have to be careful and it’s this cruel trade that needs to be stopped.

There are ways to check that the fur you’re buying is definitely faux and if it is and only polyester was harmed in the making of a garment then I see no reason why it can’t be worn.

Of course, if you have any doubts when shopping, it goes without saying, avoid.

To check your fur is faux:

Look at the tips

The tips of the hairs in real fur taper and have pointed ends, whereas the hairs on faux fur are blunt where they have been cut in the manufacturing process.

Look at the base

Part the hair to see how it is attached. Animal fur has a leathery backing because it’s attached to the animal’s skin, but faux fur will have a material woven backing.

Hairs on real fur will also be different lengths, while faux fur tends to be more uniform.

Burn it

I wouldn’t recommend you do this in a shop, but you could do it on something you already own. Trim a few hairs and set fire to them (safely). Real animal fur singes and smells like burning hair, faux fur melts and will probably smell like burning plastic, also when it cools, it will be hard and plasticky.

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How Vegan Is Vegan Enough?

There’s this thing with vegans eternally trying to out vegan each other, not all vegans granted but a certain strain of nazi vegans that are always feeling the need to attack those they don’t deem as ‘vegan’ as them.

Vegan nazi’s who don’t wear faux fur condemning those that do, vegan nazi’s who only eat whole foods and won’t eat meat free substitutes to things like sausages and burgers condemning those that do. I mean, sometimes, you just can’t win.

As for the meat free substitute debate, well a lot of vegans, like me didn’t give up meat and animal products because they didn’t like the taste, it was to do with morals, being animal lovers and wanting to live cruelty free so what’s the problem with eating something that might taste similar but is plant based.

I’ve had meat eaters say to me that a vegan sausage can’t be a sausage because it isn’t made from pork, well since when did pigs grow in the shape of sausages? Pigs are animals, sausage is a shape, same goes for burgers or nuggets or goujons, they’re all shapes, I prove my point and it doesn’t matter whether they’re from seitan, tofu or vegetables, they’re cruelty free and taste delicious

So that being said, the question is, how vegan is vegan enough?

Well The Vegan Society’s definition of ‘vegan’ states:

Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

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It’s about doing the best you can to live a cruelty free lifestyle.

Vegans don’t eat meat or fish or poultry, they don’t eat dairy or eggs or honey, they don’t wear leather or fur or wool and they don’t wear cosmetics that are tested on animals or contain any animal products.

I personally think the concept of humans drinking cows milk is just plain weird, I mean cows produce milk to turn baby cows in to big cows, why would anybody want to drink something that has the potential to turn them in to the size of a full grown cow?

A vegan diet is not only proven to be healthier for digestion, complexion and weight, a full vegan lifestyle is straight up healthier for the soul.

If you’re taking part in Veganuary on your bid to become vegan, good for you, just do the best you can, don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up, if it’s easier, slide in to a vegan lifestyle gradually, you might just be more inclined to stick with it.

Apparently 2019 is going to be the year of the vegan and with all the major supermarkets upping their vegan game, there couldn’t be a better time to take the leap.

The Vegan Life Live show is taking place in March this year, I’ve been for the past few years and it’s a great day out and a perfect chance to sample products and get ideas.

Don’t listen to the nazi vegans or the preachy vegans, do the best you can to be as vegan as you can be and that’s a good starting point. 

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Look our for leaping bunny on cosmetics and household products. http://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/LeapingBunny