Target: Deckers and UGG knock-off companies
Goal: Condemn companies for treating sheep and other animals inhumanely
UGGs have been popular ever since Pamela Anderson first started wearing them in Baywatch. However, neither Anderson nor many of UGGs consumers knew the truth behind the boots. Most consumers still don’t know the ugly truth behind UGGs’ treatment of the sheep that provide their wool.
Anderson said she thought that the wool on the inside of the boots was attached to a synthetic backing, but it is actually attached to sheepskin. “I thought they were shaved kindly,” she wrote. “People like to tell me all the time that I started that trend – yikes!” The sheep that provide their wool for UGGs are mostly Merino sheep. Every year, millions of sheep are castrated, have part of their tails cut off (some even have their horns hot-branded), and then have their throats slit for their skin. UGG boots are made of this skin.
However, even buying knock-off UGGs isn’t the answer. Chinese companies often use Raccoon dog fur instead of sheepskin. Farmed in horrific conditions in China, the raccoon dog is a species related to the domestic dog. Animal rights activists recently released video showing sickening scenes of them being skinned alive on a Chinese fur farm. There is no ban on this type of fur in Britain, meaning that many unsuspecting Brits may be buying this type of cruelty.
These companies’ terrible practices are unacceptable. Condemn UGG and their knock-offs for being unthinkably cruel to animals.
Making your popular UGG boots with sheepskin is unacceptable. Using wool, without harming the sheep, would be perfectly acceptable, but killing millions of sheep for their skin is very clearly cruelty to animals. Not only this, but your boots inspire knock-offs that use the fur of the Raccoon dog. Animal cruelty for the sake of fashion is never acceptable, and needs to change.
Please consider changing your boots to use only the wool of the sheep. Using sheepskin as well as wool is cruel and unacceptable. Fashion should not cause animals to suffer.
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