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 that help them survive extreme temperatures – but to keep up with consumer demand, the fur, feather and wool industries steal these winter coats.
Some animals used for their coats endure horrific, painful deaths at the hands of these profit-driven industries. And while not all animals are killed for their coats, the ‘lives’ of many animals farmed for fur and feather ‘harvesting’ is arguably a fate worse than death.
Thankfully, animal-friendly alternatives exist for most (if not all) winter items! By checking labels, and choosing animal-free clothing and blankets this winter, you can keep yourself warm while showing our animal friends a little warmth at the same time.
Here are four reasons to choose kindly this winter: