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Battling guilt: disassociation between animals and clothing

I was pretty gutted yesterday when Marc questioned the deliciously soft feel of a cardigan I bought from a charity shop last week. He demanded to look at the label (playfully I might add) and we discovered it was a mixture of sheep’s wool, cashmere(from goat) and angora (from bunnies).6423077109_3785d135e8_o

Since becoming vegan, there are some animal sourced products that I have paid less attention to, though I am aware of; wool production, rabbits and otherwise being one. I think deep down, I’ve been avoiding finding out; taking a ‘the animal isn’t actually killed’ attitude. That’s not to say I make annual winter trips to Edinburgh Woolen Mill or anything. I have bought the odd thing, though mainly from charity shops.

But after a year of viewing Earthlings, I still find it hard to delve further into the dark truths of the animal farming industry.

Cowardly I know.

The ruthless production of angora wool has heavily featured in the press of late, after PETA released footage of angora farmers in China, pinning down the rabbits and tearing out chunks of their fur. A lot of brands have since dropped the luxury wool.

I knew angora was bad news, as I know many vegans eschew sheep’s wool for reasons I haven’t exactly got around to researching. Even though I know the horrific answer is but a swift Google away.

Omnivores might be biased towards fluffy bunnies, but at least it’s a testament to the humanity buried deep down under layers of social conditioning and disassociation between farm animals and sirloin steak et al.

I on the other hand, don’t like steak but the disassociation between my second hand cardigan and fluffy rabbits, sheep and goats is still intact, even though I feel horrible admitting it. Although it’s not entirely made of animal and my money certainly didn’t go to the perpetrators.

However, I didn’t watch the PETA video yet, but I vow to do so now, and we’ll see if it changes the perception of my really soft, robe style cardigan with elbow patches (sob!).

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2 thoughts on “Battling guilt: disassociation between animals and clothing

  1. Another great post! I’m really on the fence when it comes to buying used leather and other animal clothing products.

    By buying these products and using them, while not doing something good, is it at least not bad? As you noted, no money is going to the original producers of the product. Isn’t it better, since these garments already exist anyway, that they get used rather then put in a landfill?

    Definitely lots to think about. Can’t wait to read more!

    1. Yes you do make a good argument, and I’m inclined to agree. I’m just concerned that I still feel like I don’t associate the animal with the product, like I would meat. I have some really beautiful leather bags which I don’t use, but I’m still reluctant to get rid! Was thinking that I could donate them to a charity shop, one supporting animal welfare perhaps. Well, it’s on my to do list at least!

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