We had the great pleasure this week of receiving an endorsement from PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and are now officially PETA certified. PETA is one of the largest animal welfare associations in the world with more than six and a half million members. This is of course a great honour for us here at Vegan Vogue. No animal products whatsoever are used in the production of the high fashion, high quality bags and accessories on sale at Vegan Vogue. Only 100% vegan and animal friendly materials are used in the manufacturing of products sold on the Vegan Vogue website.
PETA’s history began in 1980. At the time most livestock were predestined to finish on the dinner table, on our backs or feet, or as handbags, suitcases or other fashionable accessories. People concerned with animal welfare could do little more than lend support to the few animal shelters existing at the time. This all begin to change with PETA, who brought together people from various backgrounds, scientists, lawyers, politicians and more. All with the common goal to examine and improve the treatment of animals. One of the first things looked at was laboratory animals. A first battle was to end the mistreatment of laboratory monkeys in the now famous case of a research laboratory in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, in 1981.
Following this the association began to look more closely into the treatment of farm and industrial animals and in particular, the meat industry, circus animals and so on. These last years PETA has worked tirelessly against the fur industry, and with positive results as more and more fashion houses have abandoned the use of fur in their design and creations.
Today PETA actively advocates for veganism and encourages all people to become vegan because as in PETA’s presentation: animals do feel pain and should not be exploited in any way, neither eaten , nor used in leather goods or textiles, nor exploited in any way.
Global warming brings yet another strong argument to reduce animal consumption: to lower CO2emissions because livestock, and particularly cattle, emit considerable amounts of greenhouse gases. Meat production, especially beef, and no less so milk production, pollute enormously. If everyone played their part to reduce consumption of these, hydrocarbon emissions would be radically reduced and the current situation would likewise radically improve.
Over the years, PETA’s efforts have continued to increase and multiply the world over, and the association remains not-for-profit.