For Immediate Release:
1 October 2019
Garima Jain; [email protected]
Radhika Suryavanshi; [email protected]
Group to Encourage Future Clothing-Industry Leaders and Consumers to Embrace Sustainable, Humane, Non-Animal Materials
Delhi – In advance of World Animal Day (4th October), PETA India will conduct a talk at JD Institute of Fashion Technology in Delhi to urge design students to take fashion into the future by using only eco-friendly fabrics rather than leather, down feathers, wool, or other materials cruelly derived from animals.
When: Thursday, 3 October, 12:30 pm sharp
Where: JD Institute of Fashion Technology, 39, Daryacha Building, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi 110 016
“Abolishing cruelty has to start with education,” says PETA India campaigner Radhika Suryavanshi. “By making small changes, up-and-coming designers can easily avoid harming animals and help make the fashion industry kinder.”
Cows and buffaloes killed for leather are often transported in trucks so crowded that their bones break or they die en route. Sheep are commonly beaten, stamped on, and mutilated for wool. Most animals killed for their fur including rabbits, spend their lives inside cramped cages, where they frantically pace back and forth, gnaw on the bars, and mutilate themselves. And in the down industry, birds’ throats are slit and some of the animals are scalded to death in defeathering tanks, often while still conscious. Silkworms used for silk are boiled or gassed alive inside their cocoons, which causes the cocoons to unravel so that workers can obtain the silk threads.
Thankfully, creative and humane non-animal materials – such as leather made from pineapple leaves, grapes, apples, mushrooms, or cork – are more popular than ever, and countless other plant-based and recycled materials can be used instead of fur, wool, silk, or other materials stolen from animals.
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that wearing animal skins or other animal-derived materials is an act of speciesism, which is a form of discrimination against and exploitation of “others”.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.