For Immediate Release:
25 October 2018
Group Sends Faux-Wool and Pleather Fashion Pieces Fit for a Royal Wardrobe
Sydney – A farewell gift that’s equal parts chic and animal-friendly is on its way from PETA to Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, who will receive a high-end Vaute vegan suede coat and Indigo Apparel vegan wool scarf from Australian vegan online boutique TheVSpot.com.au, both classic pieces with all the elegance and style she’s well accustomed to and none of the cruelty that’s inherent in the production of wool and leather.
“Both items are sure to keep the duchess cosy as the UK autumn season begins,” says PETA Campaigns Advisor Mimi Bekhechi. “By wearing her new vegan fashion pieces, she’ll be setting a great example and sending the message that anyone can have cruelty-free, top-notch style and that no sentient being has to suffer so that we can keep warm.”
PETA’s video exposé of the wool industry in Australia – the world’s biggest wool exporter – showed workers violently punching sheep in the face, stamping and standing on their heads and necks, and beating and jabbing them in the face with electric clippers. The exposé also documented that the rough shearing process left large, bloody wounds on the animals’ bodies, which workers stitched closed using a needle and thread without administering any pain relief.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that shearers are often paid by volume, not by the hour, which encourages fast, violent work. The leather industry subjects more than 1 billion animals every year to intensive confinement, castration without pain relief, extreme crowding, and a terrifying trip to the abattoir. Leather is a co-product of the meat industry, which is one of the world’s biggest polluters and contributors to climate change. And tanneries – which use formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives, cyanide-based dyes, and other dangerous chemicals – are notorious for polluting nearby waterways and soil.
For more information about the cruelty of wearing wool and leather, please visit PETA.org.au.