With all the attention the documentary “Blackfish” has brought for orcas in recent months and the current buzz created by the upcoming “Puppy Bowl X” and the first “Kitten Bowl,” it’s good to see that actress Alicia Silverstone has not forgotten the smaller creatures in need.
The “Clueless” and “Batman & Robin” star has spoken out against the inhumane treatment of silk worms in the clothing industry and has joined PETA in supporting peace silk.
According to PETA, roughly 3,000 silkworms are killed in order to make a single pound of silk. In most cases, the young silkworms are gassed, steamed or boiled alive while still in their cocoons and are never allowed to emerge as adult moths. Killing silkworms and gathering silk directly from cocoons allows manufacturers to harvest a single long strand of silk, rather then the separated sections that would exist if the moth had matured and chewed its way out.
Peace silk, on the other hand, is created through a system which allows the silkworms to reach adulthood and live out their full life cycles. “Peace silk is woven by hand by fair trade producers in India,” Silverstone explains. “This cruelty-free silk is sourced from the cocoons of the wild Eri moth. The process does not involve touching or harming the moths, nor does it require keeping them in captivity. Rather, the cocoons are collected from the forest after the moths emerge and fly away.”
Silverstone is not only an avid animal rights activist, but has also proudly embraced a vegan lifestyle. She is the author of a vegan cookbook called “The Kind Diet.”
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