SAY NO TO ANIMAL EXPLOITATION IN FASHION - BE ACCOUNTABLE, ACT ETHICALLY!

SAY NO TO ANIMAL EXPLOITATION IN FASHION - BE ACCOUNTABLE, ACT ETHICALLY!

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Marika H. hat diese Petition an H&M und gestartet.

“THE QUESTION IS NOT; CAN THEY REASON NOR CAN THEY TALK? BUT, CAN THEY SUFFER?” (Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher, 1828)

ANIMAL EXPLOITATION IN FASHION IS AN ETHICAL ISSUE THAT GOES BEYOND SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS!

ANIMAL EXPLOITATION IN FASHION REQUIRES A CHANGE OF CONSCIOUSNESS, ETHICAL RETHINKING AND ACCOUNTABILITY BY FASHION BUSINESSES!

Animals in fashion are mostly made to suffer and killed for the production of materials and clothing. We take from them what is rightfully theirs. We exploit their bodies, their value, their protection. We have to achieve a shift in attitudes towards animals recognising animal exploitation as an ethical issue! This is the goal of animal ethics. It prioritises equal consideration for animals and humans as they are both sentient beings. According to Singer, a moral philosopher, equality is only dependent on the being’s ability to suffer and NOT on language, intelligence or any similar condition.

SO, HOW CAN WE STILL SUPPORT THE ANIMALS’ SUFFERING SOLELY FOR THE SAKE OF FASHION?

The pain animals withstand is necessary for the industries of animal exploitation to survive. But, this does not imply suffering is a moral necessity, DOES IT? It appears some humans suppose wearing animal parts is not a decision rather a given due to humans’ traditions and habits. ANIMAL EXPLOITATION IN FASHION IS HARMFUL AND CRUEL due to commercial breeding processes, husbandry conditions, killing methods, human rights abuses in production countries and the devastating impact its supply chain has on the environment. It all comes back - to us, to our planet. We all suffer from it. Yet, we still exploit animals on the ground of a luxury need (and not a survival need) in our modern Western society.

ARE LUXURY, TRADITION AND HABITS VALID REASONS TO JUSTIFY ANIMAL EXPLOITATION? ISN’T IT ARBITRARY?

We need to question our choices, question where our garments are coming from, and question why we make a specific decision. To reach a sustainable and ethical fashion future, it is essential to include animals in ethical decision-making. Their exploitation is part of the social and environmental issues we are facing today. This can’t be achieved without a change of consciousness within the fashion industry!

As part of my final university project, my CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and sustainability research study shows solely 27 out of 70 global fashion brands mention their animal-derived materials with a focus on environmental impacts, mainly without considering the welfare risks of animals. Many brands make use of inaccurate information like green- and whitewashing as an advantage rather than thoroughly consider the animal and its origin.

FASHION BUSINESSES, ANIMALS DESERVE EQUAL CONSIDERATION! BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS, STOP ANIMAL EXPLOITATION, AND START ACTING ETHICALLY!

I urge YOU, FASHION BUSINESSES, to extend (or incorporate) CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and sustainability strategies to regard the entirety of people, the environment, and ANIMALS and to be committed to implement:

  • An annual and updated CSR and sustainability report with terminated conversion goals concerning alternative materials and certification systems
  • An animal welfare statement and a species-specific policy according to the latest scientific knowledge which can prove the well-being of animals (No animal should suffer or die solely for the sake of fashion!)
  • A species-specific material policy including certification systems, justification of its decision-making and a roadmap for alternative materials aiming at the abolition of animal-derived materials
  • Constant internal monitoring and auditing of policies and goals to ensure transparency and traceability

All documents have to be easily accessible to the public for consumers to make conscious and thorough buying decisions!

LET’S START THE ETHICAL DISCUSSION NOW. SIGN TODAY AND HELP TO FIGHT ANIMAL EXPLOITATION IN FASHION! SHARE THE PETITION AND SPREAD THE WORD!

If you are interested, please contact me for further information on the conducted research within my final university project.

Thank you for your support! :)

 

 

 

References:
Hansen, C., & Jeppesen, L. (2001). Swimming activity of farmed mink (Mustela vison) and its relation to stereotypies. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A - Animal Science, 71-76.
Katcher, J. (2019). Fashion Animals. Bosten, Massachusetts: Vegan Publishers.
Monoen, J., Mohaibes, M., Savolaien, S., & Ahola, L. (2008). Water baths for farmed mink: intra-individual consistency and inter-individual variation in swimming behaviour, and effect on stereotyped behaviour. University of Kuopio, Department of Biosciences, Kuopio, Finland.
Plannthin, D.-K. (2016). Animal ethics and welfare in the fashion and lifestyle industries. In Green Fashion (pp. 49-122). Singapore: Springer Singapore.
Singer, P. (1989). All animals are equal from animal rights and human obligation. Englewood Cliffs Prentice Hall.
Singer, P. (1975). Animal Liberation: a new ethics for our treatment of animals . New York: New York Review. 0 9

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