The following article was
written by former PETA intern and current vegan fashion finder Jared Misner.
That time of the year when Jack Frost is
nipping at our noses is well upon us. It's that time of the year when warm
apple cider just tastes so much sweeter, when we gather with those we love the
most to consider what we're thankful for (can I get a Fur-Free Friday chant?), and when our holiday countdowns turn into a matter of days.
Hopefully, you've at least started your holiday shopping—because
last year you vowed never to hold off until the last minute again. And
hopefully, the annual rummaging through that one closet full of winter clothes
doesn't leave you with a tinge of winter regret over not having that perfect
But have no fear! You all have me to guide you on
your own winter Wonderland of endless cruelty-free coats. Luckily, with the cruelty-free guide to cold-weather coats in tow, I'll be your guide
for which frocks deserve a "No" and which ones deserve a "Go."
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you have to look like a marshmallow or a
sack of old potatoes.
But certain others aren't so lucky during winter.
By choosing to shop sans cruelty, you'll be helping save the thousands of sheep
who are mutilated every year in a process called "mulesing" in which chunks of skin
and flesh are
cut from the backsides of the sheep. Cows aren't spared either. The leather industry is one of the most abhorrent industries, with most
leather coming from developing countries, such as India, where animal welfare
laws are virtually non-existent.
And why be a part of these atrocities when you can
support more humane, head-turning fashions? Take this pea coat from popular
chain Express' (Minus
Or this faux-leather winter jacket from Urban
If you're looking for classic style without the
cruelty, check out this wool-free pea coat from Vaute Couture:
And what's better than a coat with synthetic leather
that doesn't involve supporting the cruelty of the leather industry? A cheap cruelty-free coat. Try this one
from Macy's for less than $50. And with a price tag this cheap, who could blame
you for buying a few for those on your holiday list?
Winter gives you the best opportunities to create
your own runway with your snugly fitting, flesh-free coats and jackets. Everyone on
your wish list will be sure to love a new guilt-free holiday coat because no
animal had to die to make them warm. And if you decide to just buy one for
yourself, be sure to flaunt it well. But make sure you share the cider. No one
likes a cider miser.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.