Condemn Companies for Inhumane Treatment of Animals

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.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Deckers,

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Charles Esson via Wikimedia Commons

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5 Comments

  1. I hate UGG boots! When i see people wear them, i wish them the badest luck ever! I end up hating those bastards! Go to hell UGGs!

  2. SHAME ON UGG! STOP MAKING PROFIT OUF OF ANIMALS ABUSE! YOU WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOW. WE SHOULD RESPECT ANIMALS’ LIVES. THIS IS TOO CRUEL, BARBARAIC AND INHUMANE. YOU ARE DOING EVIL BUSINESS WHICH IS DISGUSTING. BOYCOTT ALL UGG PRODUCTS UNTIL THEY STOP THIS CRUELTY!

  3. renee jeanine ragno says:

    BOYCOTT UGG and all stores who carry them. Send your UGGS back to UGG with a copy of this telling them you’ll buy no more.

  4. Steven Hanley says:

    Once again, it’s mainly down to the barbaric Chinese.
    Yeah, I’m proud to be racist for detesting the Chinks.

  5. I cannot sign this petition. In what way is it “perfectly acceptable” to wear boots or any other garments made of wool?? As you rightly state, sheep are castrated, dehorned, have their tails docked & one horror you didn’t mention, they are also crutched. This involves using a pair of long clippers & cutting off 2 sections of their body on either side of the bum which takes away the wool; the reason being to prevent fly strike. But this is all done very fast, sheep after sheep, with varying degrees of success at avoiding too deep a slash & of course, like all the other procedures, without any sort of anaesthetic or after-care. Frankly, I think the throat slashing/killing is the least of the pain inflicted. All wool & lamb/sheep meat industry subscribes to these horrendous practices, so to say that it’s perfectly acceptable to wear wool anywhere on your body is either ignorance or apathy on your part. Well at least now you’re not ignorant.

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