UGG Boots have been the favorite footwear of many “princesses” (myself included) for quite some time. I actually own 3 pairs which I bought long before my decision to go vegan. Unfortunately, at the time of my purchases, I was more concerned with the boots’ comfort and cuteness than I was with the cruelty to the animals from which they were made. I am so sorry for my unconscious state of mind at that time of my life; however, I am living proof that it’s never too late to change and I vow to make more compassionate choices in the future.
In case you were wondering, UGGs are made from the skin of sheep and, therefore, the sheep are killed to make them (Wikipedia). I used to think that the wool was painlessly sheared from the sheep, but I was wrong. There is great pain and animal cruelty involved in making UGG boots. I am not the only one to make this mistake. In February 2007, longtime vegan and animal activist, Pamela Anderson, also woke up about wearing UGG boots. She realized that she may have been instrumental in starting the UGG trend because she used to wear them with her red bathing suit in Baywatch. At that time, she was quoted in People Magazine as follows…
Ms. Anderson has since sworn off UGG Boots and so have I. In this regard, I wanted to show you the cool, comfy UGG-like boots which are made by Neuaura. I ordered them from their website and they were $165.oo. A little expensive, but so are UGGs. I think they are really cute and of good quality.
Neuaura is an eco-conscious, animal-free company. These boots are made of a synthetic ultrasuede material consisting of 100% recycled polyester fibers produced by a chemical recycling process that is environmentally responsible. They are also made in an ethical, sweatshop-free factory in China. Although I purchased the black ones, they also come in a dark tan color called “Hide” (I’m not crazy about that name, but the boots are nice).
If you are interested, I came across this video clip entitled “The Cruelty Of Uggs.”
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