PETA Supporters Call For Urban Outfitters to Reject Animal Abuse
PETA and its affiliates launched an international campaign today against Urban Outfitters, Inc, and its subsidiaries – which include Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People.
As part of the campaign, PETA supporters took action outside Urban Outfitters’ flagship London store to demand that the group drop alpaca, wool, leather, cashmere, mohair, down, and silk – all of which are obtained through violence, cruelty, and fear.
The protesters and “animals” – including a sheep, a cow, a goat, and an alpaca – played audio of animals being abused for the clothing trade. They held graphic signs showing the terrified faces of exploited animals alongside the words “The Face of Fashion Is Fear”.
Urban Outfitters, Inc, has so far banned fur, exotic skins, and angora – and in April, PETA US became a company shareholder in order to push it to adopt additional animal-friendly policies.
What’s Wrong With Wearing Animals?
Animals are not ours to wear, and when used for their skin, hair, wool, or feathers, they’re treated like nothing more than a collection of body parts instead of the sensitive, intelligent individuals they are.
PETA and its affiliates have released dozens of videos revealing that during shearing, workers hit, kick, and mutilate sheep for their wool and alpacas for their fleece; leave goats with bloody, gaping wounds at mohair and cashmere operations; burn, electroshock, beat, and slaughter cows to make leather; yank out geese‘s feathers by the fistful for down; and boil silkworms alive to produce silk.
What You Can Do
PETA is calling on Urban Outfitters to be true to its commitment to sustainability and ethical standards by selling only animal-friendly vegan fabrics, which it already stocks.
The future of fashion is compassion.