Freedom of Animals and PETA Debut New Line of Special-Edition Vegan Handbags

Stylish New Backpack and Tote Keep Shoppers Chic While Helping Animals

For Immediate Release:
September 15, 2014

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles Freedom of Animals has been called the “Céline of vegan fashion” for its high-end and high-quality vegan handbag designs, well-loved by everyday shoppers as well as celebrities, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway, and Kerry Washington. And starting today, designer handbag enthusiasts everywhere can go even further to help animals, thanks to a brand-new limited-edition “Freedom of Animals + PETA” line.A portion of the proceeds from each purchase will go to support PETA’s work—and for a limited time, the bags are also available for a discounted price from the PETA Catalog.

The collection includes a blue “#animalswegotyourbackpack” with a tag that thanks the buyer for taking a stand against cruelty to cows and other animals who are killed for their skins. The other bag in the collection, “#totesfortilly,” is a black-and-white tote whose tag speaks out against SeaWorld’s cruelty to Tilikum and the other orcas held captive in the theme park’s tiny tanks.

“Letting hearts be free is a core value that Freedom of Animals and PETA share, so I couldn’t be more pleased to offer a line of special edition PETA bags,” says Freedom of Animals owner and founder Morgan Bogle. “This new line will help us reach a wider, fashion-forward audience with the message that there’s simply no need for animals to suffer and die for fashion.”

All of Freedom of Animals’ bags are free of leather and other animal-derived ingredients, sparing cows painful mutilations on factory farms. Vegan handbags such as Freedom of Animals’ are also kinder to the environment, as tanneries use highly toxic mineral salts, formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives, and various oils, dyes, and finishes—some of which are cyanide-based—that can pollute nearby water and soil and make local residents sick.

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