“There is no morally coherent difference between fur and other animal clothing, such as leather, wool, etc., just as there is no morally coherent distinction between meat and milk or eggs.”
What do Vegans Wear?
The selection of items and analogues available for vegans to wear is so wide, it’s simply impossible to tell someone is a vegan by looking at their belt, shoes, or coat.
Some vegans will shop at specialty all-vegan stores while others order online. Either way, vegan clothing, shoes, and accessories are actually affordable and stylish. Like shopping for anything else, it’s all about finding good deals.
What’s Wrong with Wool?
The reason for avoiding leather over wool, may be more obvious to some than it is to others. However, while the practice of taking wool off a sheep does not immediately require killing, sheep are still property. This means they are bred and enslaved to be products for humans. Often they are bred genetically to grow so much skin (and therefore wool) they form folds in which insects lay eggs. Producers must then cut off these folds in a process called “mulesing.” After their “productivity” declines, they are sent to slaughter.
Leather isn’t merely a “by-product” of the beef industry. In fact, most leather doesn’t even come from the same type of cow used for beef.
Even if this were the case, it’s important, again, to think of what we do to animals not in terms of “inflicting suffering,” but their property status. If an animal is killed to create two different products, what sense does it make to say one product is a by-product of the being? Animals are killed because their dead bodies and their body parts are sold in the form of various things for profit.
Is it vegan to buy products second-hand which contain leather or wool? After all, since they already exist, one is not causing additional suffering. It’s important, again, not to think of this purely as an issue of “inflicting suffering.” Ask yourself why a vegan would even want to wear that being’s body regardless of the economic effect it has?
Being vegan means acknowledging the notion that animals are not lifeless objects which are on the planet for all of us humans to use. So regardless of the amount of suffering you think you may not be causing to an animal, is it in line with your own beliefs to wear the body parts of murdered animals?
The failure of single issue campaigns resonate louder than the Chimes of Big Ben of London. A historical repeat at least eighty years in the making now in raw and truthful realization. The world is questioning why the results of hard core moaning and cursing, petition contributions, marches, arms up in the air, shock and horror has done nothing to change the status of animals and has done nothing to stop the magnitude of cruelty that they face today. We acknowledge that you are abhorrently horrified that injustices against all animals today has increased dramatically. Vivisection is on the rise so is the fur trade which has made a major comeback, more animals today than ever before are under the knife in labs set up all over the world. Slaughter facilities mushroom everywhere – wildlife is disappearing at phenomenal rates – people are outraged at hunting and poaching expressing anger bitterness – yet no positive outcomes to benefit the innocent – they too are dwindling. – Foie gras failure – snuck back into restaurants and back onto shelves. Consuming their vile overgrown exploded livers is bad enough – laying your head down at night on pillow casings filled with feathers violently plucked from their overweight frail bodies – sold as comfortable sweet dream pillows and the torture doesn’t end there. Billions of lives cry out every second of the day whilst you take part in single issue campaigns and nothing gets done. The victims cursed – every specie alive today. How can it be ? How can it be that the word ‘violence’ has become the word most synonymous in today’s vocabulary. How can it be that everyone is fighting so hard for single issue campaigns yet nothing is changing ? How can it possibly be that you are donating hard earned cash – yet they continue to suffer so . How can that be? The answer to your question is one that has been right before your very own eyes . It has been written in bold on the very front page of your daily diary – you are simply not doing enough – supporting organizations who are encouraging violence confusing the public.
Kicking up a fuss is just not good enough. You have to mean what you say – you have to say and do what you mean if you really care, you have to live your life like you really care – that is what it means to go vegan. You cannot be a part of an abusive system whilst you fight against it. That simply does not make any sense what so ever. You cannot advocate for the rights of one animals body part and violate another and expect for change to happen. You have to advocate for all animals in order for their status to change. You cannot expect for people’s perceptions and opinions on animal abuse to change if you yourself are part of the violent system. You cannot expect the system to change period if you are eating, wearing or exploiting animals in any way. That will never happen – that is the reason that single issue campaigns are a complete failure today. There are no shades of grey. There is nothing in between right and wrong. There is no middle ground. You are either in or you are out. You cannot stand in front of the door and just keep knocking and ringing – making a noise without opening that door and walking right through it – and expect change to happen – it won’t. If you are against violent atrocities against animals you have to act like you care, eat like you care and conduct your daily life like you give a dam – only then will your voice be heard.
When you start to live your life without violence – you renounce violence only then do you fully comprehend the magnitude of what you have been doing wrong and why the suffering of the ones that you love so and have fought relentlessly for have continue to suffer – how all of that can change with a simple switch to veganism. The world is vegan if you want it to be. The pain and suffering can stop with one single action – and once you have embraced that simple action, you can teach others to do so. Going vegan is easy if you mean what you say. There is no need to eat animals, there is no need to wear animals and there is no need for animals to be forced into a situation of having to entertain you. The sooner you understand and embrace that respect – the sooner everyone’s focus will change to what is going to make the difference for the status of animals – all animals.