Ostrich Print, Not Ostrich Skin! PETAxMINK Debuts New High-End Vegan Flats

Luxury Italian Shoes Now Available for Pre-Sale

For Immediate Release:
December 2, 2016

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Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Venice Beach, Calif. – Just in time for the holiday shopping season, luxury Italian vegan shoemaker Mink has launched a limited-edition PETAxMINK collection of ostrich-print ballet flats. Among Mink’s famous fans are Miley Cyrus, who regularly sports the brand’s shoes on The Voice.

Available in both wine and black, the couture shoes feature a gold PETA bunny charm and PETAxMINK insole. Like all Mink shoes, these luxe vegan ballet flats are made of high-tech, durable, nonsolvent microfiber fabric—and in honor of the collaboration, a percentage of sales from the collection will go toward PETA’s vital work to help animals used in the clothing industry.

“While ostrich-skin shoes harm animals, Mink’s cruelty-free ostrich-print shoes will help PETA save animals,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “With their stylish design and luxe vegan Italian leather, the PETAxMINK shoes are the perfect choice for shoppers of high-end fashion who are looking for a kind choice.”

Earlier this year, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—released the first-ever exposé of the highly secretive ostrich industry, in which young ostriches are kept in barren dirt feedlots until they’re trucked to slaughterhouses. There, workers turn the 1-year-old ostriches upside down in a stunner, eject them to slit their throats, and pluck out their feathers to create the bumpy-textured skin used for high-end handbags.

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