stella mccartney
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes, Fashion, Video
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Vegetarians and vegans have coveted Stella McCartney’s shoes and purses for years, and it’s not just because of the exquisite designs. McCartney doesn’t use a drop of animal skin in her products. That includes fur and leather. Now, just in time for New York fashion week, the designer is speaking out and telling the public why animal lovers should avoid wearing all skins.

McCartney says in the video, “If you’re like me, you’ve sworn off fur because you know about the gruesome ways animals suffer and die for fur fashions. And what about leather? That’s something people don’t think about as much. Anyone who cares about animals or the environment should become informed consumers on this issue.”

The daughter of the vegetarian Beatle is asking the public to take the pledge to go leather free. You can sign up on PETA’s page and opt to go faux.

McCartney says, “Please join me in exploring the huge variety of fashionable shoes, belts, purses and wallets that aren’t the products of a cow’s violent death.”

Count me in. Will you take the pledge?

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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