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Articles Reflecting a Vegan Lifestyle From All-Creatures.org

Vegan lifestyle articles that discuss ways of living in peace with humans, animals, and the environment.

FROM Zahava Katz-Perlish, I am An Animal Too
December 2017

Even though I didnít eat meat for decades I foolishly assumed that leather is no more than a byproduct of the meat industry and thatís why it was fine to use.

Cow and Calf

I was thrilled when a friend of mine suggested I write about vegan apparel. I love fashion and thatís an opportunity to explore one aspect of it, leather, which the fashion industry presents as something glamorous.

But what kind of glamour is there in a product that is made from parts of animal bodies like cows or dogs, based on human exploitation, and is one of the worst polluting industries on the planet? Iím glad to report, all that is fast changing and eco-friendly, vegan leather is the new trend!

I confess, before being vegan I purchased items made from leather, wool, down, and silk, not thinking twice about it. Even though I didnít eat meat for decades I foolishly assumed that leather is no more than a byproduct of the meat industry and thatís why itís fine to use. I did not think or know much about other animal-based materials either.

However, once I realized that non-human animals, much like humans, should not be treated as commodities or revenue generators, the light bulb went off Ė I should not purchase anything that is part of an animalís body or based on their exploitation. This realization came into sharp focus when I learned how those materials are procured....

 

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