As a vegan, I do not eat, use or wear any animal by-products because I do not want to contribute to the exploitation of animals. A lot of the time, others who do not share my belief do not understand how that animal is exploited. The animal agriculture/animal by-product industry likes to justify what it does with words like 'humane', 'sustainability sourced', 'grass fed' and 'organic' to give the illusion of care and compassion. Unfortunately, as the name would suggest, these sentient beings become purely resources and are thereby exploited for the demand. I view this as the ethically-concerned version to 'green washing' where a company will make themselves seem environmentally-friendly to make themselves seem 'better' or a box ticking exercise on the product specification. Companies like these need to stop searching for loopholes to disguise the reality that the well-being of their 'stock' or animals will always be secondary to economic interest. And that's why I don't contribute to these industries.
At around three months old, lambs who survive because they are to be used to produce wool suffer very painful mutilation. They are marked on their ears, castrated and tail docked. Tail docking occurs in order to prevent them from getting parasites.
(Animal Ethics, 2017)
Animal Ethics. (2017). Sheeps and goats - Animal Ethics. [online] Available at: http://www.animal-ethics.org/sheeps-goats/ [Accessed 28 Jun. 2017].
Animal Ethics. (2017). Wool - Animal Ethics. [online] Available at: http://www.animal-ethics.org/wool/ [Accessed 28 Jun. 2017].
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