While Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People (all owned by Urban Outfitters, Inc.) don’t actually kidnap, abuse, or kill humans or other animals for their products, they do sell skin and other animal-derived materials from farms and suppliers that exploit and kill animals.
Every year, billions of animals suffer and die for wool, cashmere, leather, down, mohair, silk, and alpaca fleece production. Sheep are often beaten, stomped on, and kicked in the wool industry. Goats exploited for cashmere scream out in pain and terror as workers tear out their hair with sharp metal combs. Later, their throats are slit in slaughterhouses and they’re left to die in agony. And cows are routinely beaten and electroshocked for leather at some of the largest suppliers.
Urban Outfitters may not sell human skin, but it sells skin from sentient beings. Its stores already sell luxurious, animal-free textiles, so it should be easy for them to sell only those and remove all animal-derived products.
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In addition to harming animals, producing animal-derived items creates staggering amounts of waste and greenhouse gases, contributing to pollution and climate change. Animal agriculture is responsible for 14.5% of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions. Farms often have employees work long hours at a high risk of mental and physical trauma while receiving nominal pay. These pollution-creating operations are often built near low-income communities, which increases the residents’ likelihood of developing diseases and chronic health conditions. When it comes to animals, workers, and the environment, a lot of suffering goes into producing animal-derived fashion.
It’s the 21st century. We can incite change. Demand that Urban Outfitters brands stop selling products that condemn animals to a lifetime of suffering and an agonizing death.