It is imperative that I write to you in regard to the horrendous treatment which animals go through while being manufactured into clothing materials, and the actions we can take to help.
The clothing products that you may purchase such as UGGs, leathers and furs may seem stylish and comfy, and innocently manufactured; however, while being made, the animals go through extreme pain and suffering.
Each process that the animal goes through depends on what type of clothing product is being produced.
For example, each year millions of sheep have part of their tails cut off (some even have their horns hot branded), and have their throats slit for their skin, which is what UGG boots are made of.
Another poorly manufactured product is fur coats. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available. These include suffocation, electrocution, gas and poison. More than half the fur in the United States comes from China, where millions of dogs and cats are bludgeoned, bled to death and often skinned alive for their fur.
Chinese fur is often deliberately mislabeled, so if you were to wear any fur, there’s no way of knowing for sure whose skin you are in.
Over 10 million animals are killed just for clothing every year. Not only are some of the killing processes harmful to the animals, they are also harmful to our environment.
Toxins emitted from leather tanneries threaten the health of humans, as well as the economy. Nearby waterways become polluted with salts, oils, dyes, and other dangerous toxins.
Furthermore, tremendous amounts of fossil fuel are consumed in raising, transporting, and killing animals for food and leather. If the process of how they make leather continues, then there will be serious issues regarding health concerns and pollution.
Although the majority of clothing materials are made to keep humans warm and create a stylish look, there have been other materials created to substitute the animal-based clothing.
Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, there is no reason to wear any products that contain animal parts. Synthetic fabrics that are warmer and lighter than other clothing products have been created to eliminate the need for fur apparel.
If these furs and leathers are substituted with the harmless synthetic fabrics, there will be fewer mistreated animals and, hopefully, more people will realize the terrible treatment these animals go through.
— Keaton Garrity
Today’s letter was submitted by an area high school student