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Animals used for clothing


One of the purposes for which nonhuman animals are routinely made to suffer and killed is the production of materials for clothing. Consequently, the use of animal clothing means harm to many animals who are individuals with the capacity to suffer and feel pleasure. In most cases these animals are not only exploited for clothing, but for other reasons as well including, mainly,... Read more

Sheep shearing

Wool is a special type of hair that is common to sheeps and some other animals, including llamas, alpacas, vicuna, goats and rabbits. Obtaining wool harms animals, and sometimes causes injuries or illnesses that kill them. Wool is one of many products that is obtained through the exploitation of animals. In fact, the same animals that are used for wool production are also... Read more


Among the animals who suffer and are killed by humans to be used for clothing, the majority are killed for leather production. This includes cows, bulls, pigs, lambs, and sheeps. They are sent to the slaughterhouse to obtain meat and leather to meet public demand. Each year more than 300 million tanned cow skins and more than 500 million tanned sheep and lamb skins are produced.... Read more


The production of feathers entails the exploitation of hundreds of millions of birds every year.1 Some feathers are drawn from the dead bodies of animals after they are killed for eggs, foie gras or other meat, thus being a further factor that supports the exploitation of these animals. Other times feathers are drawn from the animals while they are still alive. Many people are not... Read more


Silk is a fiber made up of proteins which are produced by various insects. Although silk fiber can be produced by a number of insect species (bees, wasps, spiders, etc.), silk that is sold as thread is produced exclusively by animals we call “silkworms.” Silk is used to make all sorts of clothing, like ties, scarves, shirts, blouses, suits, pajamas, nightgowns, and... Read more


Most of the animals used for fur are raised on factory farms. The number of animals killed every year to make fur products remains unknown, though some estimates are between 40-60 million, of which 30-50 million may be raised on fur farms. Though most of the animals used in fur farming are in the European Union,1 the fur farming industry is growing in China, and other countries... Read more


In addition to those kept in captivity in factory farms for their furs, every year millions of animals are killed in the wild for this purpose. There are various ways that animals are trapped and hunted for their fur. Most lead to slow, agonizing deaths.   Traps Millions of animals die every year, victims of the traps used to catch them for their fur. Coyotes, wolves,... Read more

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