As the cooler weather sets in and we get ready to turn on our heaters, pile on the layers and dig out the extra blankets from the cupboard — our furred, feathered and woolly friends are facing some of their darkest days.
Animals like rabbits, geese, foxes and sheep are born with insulating coats which help them survive extreme temperatures — but tragically it is a demand for these fibres that can cause them tremendous suffering, and even death.
Cruel industries generate huge profits by stealing the winter coats from animals. And while not all animals are killed for their coats — the ‘lives’ of many farmed for fur and feather ‘harvesting’ is arguably a fate worse than death.
Not only do alternatives to animal fibres exist — but they are readily available. By checking labels, and choosing animal-free clothing and blankets this winter — you can not only keep yourself warm, but show our animal friends a little warmth at the same time.
Here are four reasons to choose kindly this winter: