Need a warm coat and new boots to brave the cold? Gone are the days when fur, wool, leather or down were essential to winter clothing and accessories. Today, cruelty-free options are increasingly common and easy to find, namely on our website!
Save the Duck: Vegan coats, also available at Winners and Simons
NOIZE: Vegan coats, made in Canada
Norden: Animal-free coats and accessories.
Matt & Nat: Animal-free shoes, boots and bags
Wuxly: Vegan coats, made in Canada
Two gold mines for beautiful and ethical discoveries: Etsy and local thrift stores!
These companies offer nice option for your canine companions:
Want to do more? Advocate for these animals raised in disgraceful conditions. Sign this letter addressed to your MNA, asking them to support a ban on the farming of animals for their fur in Quebec.
Every year in Canada, the fur industry kills millions of animals, whether on fur farms or via trapping. However, the treatment of these animals is currently not governed by any law or regulation that would ensure their proper handling or minimal welfare.
Furthermore, the fur industry is not as environment-friendly as it would like us to think. In fact, it greatly contributes to soil and water pollution because various chemicals are necessary for tanning, washing, dyeing and finishing skins. Furthermore, mink and fox farms – the main animals exploited for their fur – waste drinking water and animal feed in addition to contributing to global warming.
Why no wool?
The wool industry is directly linked to the meat industry; sheep and lambs raised for wool are usually killed for human consumption after only a few months or years of life. Australia is one of the largest producers of wool. The mulesing technique, which consists of cutting off the tail and part of the skin on the sheep’s rump, is a common practice to minimize the risk of myiasis infection (flystrike). Ouch!
Why no leather?
Leather is a by-product from the meat industry. The majority of leather on the market comes from India, Bangladesh and China. Since there aren’t regulations obliging manufacturers to indicate the origin of the leather on labels, it is impossible to trace its country of origin or know which animal it comes from: cattle, goat, dog, cat or other. In addition, the leather industry is highly detrimental to the health of workers, who must dip their hands in toxic products and dyes during the treatment of the skins on a daily basis.
Why no down?
Down derives from birds mainly raised for meat or foie gras. This is yet another by-product of the meat industry. Two methods are used to pluck geese and ducks: (1) alive and extremely painful: tearing the feathers from the bodies of fully conscious birds; (2) dead: plucking once the birds are dead.
You can say no to this cruelty by purchasing products that don’t encourage the exploitation of animals!