New Vegan Belt Inspired by Sexy Firefighters Is Alan Cumming–Approved

For Immediate Release:
January 10, 2019

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New York – Fashion darling Alan Cumming recently stepped out in New York wearing the season’s trendiest new vegan accessory: a belt made of recycled firehoses, now available exclusively at the PETA Catalog.

“Firemen are brave, sexy heroes,” says the Instinct star. “Who wouldn’t want to be reminded of them every time you pull up your trousers?”

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The belts, priced at $39.99, were made especially for PETA by a leatherworker looking to expand into vegan materials. He gathered used yellow hoses from firehouses in North Carolina and Virginia and upcycled them into durable belts with black or red stitching, a solid brass buckle, and fray-resistant, heat-sealed edges.

PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”) notes that cows killed for leather endure castration, tail-docking, and dehorning—all without any painkillers. At slaughterhouses, they may be skinned and dismembered while they’re still conscious. Tanneries use a slew of chemicals to prevent animal skins from decomposing in buyers’ closets, and people who work in and live near tanneries suffer from exposure to these toxic substances.

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