TOMS Nabs PETA Award for Ever-Expanding Selection of Vegan Shoes

Eco- and Animal-Friendly Retailer Stays on Trend With Leather-Free Footwear and Accessories

For Immediate Release:
March 14, 2016

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Compassionate consumers know exactly where to find a wide selection of vegan accessories: TOMS, which offers on-trend shoes and handbags in vegan leather, canvas, linen, cotton, and more. That’s why PETA is presenting the Los Angeles–based retailer with its Compassionate Business Award.

“PETA is recognizing TOMS for creating beautiful cruelty-free items that demonstrate that a reliance on animal leather is becoming a thing of the past,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “TOMS vegan shoes prove how easy it is to stay on trend while protecting animals and the environment.”

Cows destined to be killed for leather endure the same abuses as those in the meat industry, including dehorning, castration, and branding—all without painkillers. Animal agriculture is a major producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change and, according to the United Nations, is “a top contributor to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—is sending TOMS a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan chocolates.

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