Crunchy leaves, shorter days and colder temperatures conjure up images of cozy sweaters, fuzzy mittens and being bundled in scarves. Unfortunately, many of the items that keep us warm are made with wool, a fiber taken from animals such as sheep, goats and rabbits.
For many vegans, the benefit of a leather-free wardrobe is obvious – abstaining from leather means abstaining from animal cruelty. However, eliminating animal cruelty from your wardrobe is just one of the benefits from removing leather from your wardrobe.
There’s no question that the holidays can be a stressful time. And navigating the holidays as a vegan can be even more stressful: wondering if there will be anything you can eat at family gatherings, obligatory company functions, and holiday parties. Hoping to avoid awkward conversations to explain why are you not eating. These can lead to feelings of being judged or that you are judging others (as many give “thanks” by taking innocent lives). Or feelings that you are breaking precious family tradition.
Most leather comes from the skin of animals raised for meat. Contrary to popular belief, animal skins (along with wool, fur, feathers) are not the byproduct of the meat industry. In fact, a cow’s skin can be the most profitable portion of the cow’s body, making up half of all profits of slaughterhouses that process cattle. Leather is a not a by-product, it is a co-product. This means that leather helps make the meat industry—and animal farming—profitable, which is destroying the planet.