“ Every time we choose what we’re going to wear, we make a statement about who we are in the world: Progressive values involve taking the side of the weak against the strong, but wearing dead animals does the opposite of that. Leather supports cruelty and the poisoning of workers and communities; progressives shouldn’t be a part of it. „

This is the conclusion Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary comes to in a recent piece on leather. It’s got some scary stuff about the crazy chemicals used to make leather. Sounds effed! I encourage you to read the whole thing. Go ahead, you can do it. I believe in you jerks!


Stella McCartney and PETA want you to know leather is cruel and gross, but the NYC taxis don’t want any part of it! While I’d love for every leather-wearing fashion week-goer to see this video, I’m not too surprised the taxi company refused to air it. It’s not like they play political or hot button stuff EVER. They play Jimmy Fallon clips and tutorials on treating your cuticles with pineapple. Which I find super cray because pineapple is a lot more expensive than some CVS cuticle cream.

It’s good that we are finally attacking leather though! And if the taxi co.’s refusal to air this video gets attention, sweet. Now, if only McCartney could dump the wool


Cow nipple dress, you’re killing me  »

Just when you thought people couldn’t be sicker, here comes the cow nipple dress. SO GROSS. But as Tofu Pup, who sent us the tip, notes, “Most of the comments I’m seeing are of the ‘OMG, that’s disgusting!’ ‘Ew! Ew!’ variety; I think, well, yeah. Leather is disgusting. People should be reminded of where their clothing comes from, and if 3,000 tanned cow nipples does that, then all the better.”

This is similar to the designer’s sentiments. All these nipples are discarded from leather factories, she says, and if people are comfortable with leather, they should be comfortable with this nipple dress. 

While what Tofu Pup says is true, I will make a statement of my own: As icky as a dress made out of human skin would be, a dress made out of human nipples would be way grosser. 


So Necessary: the worst foot coverings in the world! Including leather socks and the most hideous Uggs yet!  »

My favorite thing about the fashion world is that they are always finding innovative and impressively degenerate uses for animal carcasses. So here I am, back with more uggo and immorally expensive non-vegan fashion!

I mean, who DOESN’T need leather socks? Not only are they practical, but they definitely don’t make you look like a platypus. I imagine they are like little sweat-lodges for each foot—cozy! You guys, in some countries they don’t even have leather socks. They have to wear cloth socks. VOM. And at $219 a pair? These [dead] babies are priced to move. I can’t WAIT until they come out in kids sizes. A+ Rachel Comey! You go, girl. Give them what they never knew they wanted.

Guess what guys, I found some more awesome and inhumane socks for you! I’m the best. This pair of socks to the right is $500 from Rodarte. You know what I love about these socks? Besides the price? You can’t wash them! Genius! Socks you can’t wash. See, they are made from alpaca wool and angora. Angora comes from BUNNIES, yall; cute-ass bunnies like Nuage from Vegansaurus favorite Potentially Nervous. From what I understand, an angora rabbit owner can comb out hair when they molt or give a gentle haircut to their bun, but commercial angora production is very different. There’s factory farms, ripped-out hair, and ulcerated feet. Check out this video of what they say is an SPCA-approved shearing method in New Zealand. Um, that may be the kindest in commercial angora production but that video makes me really uncomfortable. I mean, I wouldn’t get on a limb stretcher like that without a safe word. And daddy issues. It’s effed.

What I’m really jazzed about, though, are these totally sweet Uggs! Jimmy Choo has joined forces with Uggs to create their new line, “Crimes Against Humanity.” Well that’s not the name of the line, but it should be. They should form a UN task force that exclusively addresses these atrocities—atrocities that clock in at a mean $595.

I have two comments on Uggs in general: under no circumstances should they ever be worn—Uggs are trashy and make you look like a 13-year-old mallrat from 2005, and there’s a world of snow boots out there, dive in;  second, SHEARLING is FUR: pass it on. People don’t seem to understand this. I’m not going to say people are dumb, but: people are kind of dumb. It’s the skin of a sheep with the wool attached; that’s fur, brainiac. If you don’t wear fur, don’t wear shearling.

That’s all for So Necessary today! Way to be, fashion. Stay pretty!


Vegansaurus’ Upsetting Corner  »

Vegansaurus is having a slow day. To elaborate, a slow and angry day. Thusly do I present to you Vegansaurus’ inaugural Upsetting Corner: more constructive than screaming into a pillow, less therapeutic than punching someone in the face.

Upsetting Topic dem Tag: Designer impostors and animal skins
The uproar about counterfeit designer goods greatly offends me. OF COURSE I want to eliminate sweatshops; child labor, slave labor, and child slave labor are horrifying; no one should have to unknowingly fund terrorist groups. These are consequences of the market for cheap “designer” clothes and accessories, and if not buying fakes eliminates them, then don’t buy fakes. It’s so easy to agree with all of this, it’s hardly a story. In fact, Daily News, a much smarter book that addresses the subject already exists, so what are you contributing to the counterfeit designer canon besides a fuzzy graphic? Shoddy “news” articles offend me.

Pertinently, what offends me is the total ignorance of the consequences of legitimate clothing and accessory production on animals. Remember the Hermès crocodile farm? Snake skins are obtained by nailing the snake to a tree, skinning it, and leaving it to die, because HA HA it’s alive during the process. Forcing orphans to sew tiny stitches into fake-leather bags for 14 hours a day is awful. Skinning snakes alive is awful. But they are ONLY ANIMALS so WHO CARES? Plus they’re mean, scary animals, nobody likes gigantic people-eating (only not really) boa constrictors or pythons, might as well make use of them somehow.

Things we know: people will commit monstrous, inhuman acts against other creatures: they enslave the weak; torture and kill for food and for vanity; and when challenged, argue forever to continue such behavior. That is the system, and it’s been in place forever, and how do you help its victims? You pick something easy to fight, is how; that’s when we get not only precious articles like last week’s from the Daily News, but even more precious blog entries decrying terrible fake-designer shoes. They are so disgusting, that stench of not-leather and terrorism never comes off. Does anyone discuss the impact of the legitimate shoe industry? NO WAY. Challenging this system in a meaningful way is way too hard, especially compared to looking at fancy shoes, they are so so pretty. Any meat-abstainers still tempted by leather are advised to listen to this episode of Vegetarian Food for Thought. The facts about leather production are fucking brutal; learn them, and share with friends!

I do not advocate buying designer-impostor goods. Knock-offs, vegan knock-offs, certainly, but nothing that claims to be the product of a design house when it clearly isn’t. All I ask—and I know this is too much, which is another reason to feel extremely upset today—is that when the fashion world clutches its collective pearls in horror at the awful reality of counterfeit haute couture, it acknowledges the awful reality of all the animals who suffer and die for honest fashion. Famous people don’t care about them: they just wear them.

This has been Vegansaurus’ Upsetting Corner.

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