Ever heard of mulesing?
Widely used across the Australian wool industry, the mutilation practice of mulesing causes intense suffering and pain for millions of lambs annually.
Many major brands have committed to only sourcing mules-free wool, due to animal welfare concerns, and FOUR PAWS advocates for an end to mulesing.
Over 100 million animals are killed for their fur annually. Most animals are raised on fur farms, trapped in tiny wire cages and forced to endure a shocking life of cruelty, while millions of wild animals are caught and killed for their fur using wire snares and body gripping, foothold, and leghold traps.
Yet the tide is turning, with over 1,000 brands, fashion shows and labels now officially banning fur.
From alligator boots to snakeskin wallets, the use of exotic animal skins is prevalent throughout the fashion industry.
The conditions these animals face are generally appalling, with extreme confinement, brutal slaughter practices and blurred lines with wildlife trafficking. Many major fashion houses and designers are moving away from using exotic leather, with plant-based leather production on the rise.
The production of down feathers for clothing and bedding is a huge industry. Every year, billions of ducks and millions of geese endure brutal treatment to supply down feathers. Down is promoted as the fluffy insulation used from outdoor wear such as puffer vests, to homewares like duvets and pillows.
After global campaigns to protect ducks and geese, we have had some great success in this field, but there’s more to be done to protect these animals from abuse.