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UGLY! UGLY: Sheep and UGG Boots

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Emy Will

Emy Will

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa. Although I have a doctorate in psychotherapy, my main passion is advocating for nonhuman animal rights. I condemn all cruelty to nonhuman animals and therefore follow a vegan lifestyle. I would like to connect with other animal activists from all over the world. The fur trade is one of the most abhorrent practices on this planet. Innocent animals are subjected to prolonged suffering for a trivial fashion item. As the chairperson of Fur Free SA. we campaign towards ending the global fur industry. This might not happen in my lifetime, but even if I leave one footprint behind, that is one step closer to the goal. This blog is a forum to discuss all aspects of the fur industry. It also raises issues around animal activism in general. Johannesburg is a crazy city and I need to escape from time to time. This photo was taken next to the magnificent Zambezi river.

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WHY NONHUMAN ANIMALS NEED PROTECTION:

I FELT SICK WHEN I READ ABOUT THIS RECENT CASE OF ANIMAL ABUSE, which occurred in the bottle store of TOPS SPA, Fuller Street, Butterworth (SA) in May 2014.

A live sheep was held captive by tying her legs together, restricting movement. Lying on the floor without food or water this sheep was offered as a prize to anyone who  purchased a bottle of two specific alcoholic drinks. Without a doubt this defenseless creature was cruelly transported and later slaughtered in someone’s back yard!

The case was reported to the National Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA ). The NSPCA has now laid criminal charges against the shop in terms of the Animals Protection Act. As the sheep was exhibited, charges are also laid in terms of the Performing Animals Protection Act. While this did not help this particular sheep, hopefully an incident of this nature will never happen again!!   SHEEP COMPETITION2

Those who see sheep as “livestock” to be eaten argue that wearing sheep skin items is fine, as these items are a by-product of the meat industry. What many people don’t realise is that sheep have a raw deal and I mean that literally. Merino sheep are used for wool, as they have an abundance of hair. “Mulesing”, a common practice in the Australian wool industry, is done to prevent flystrike. Pieces of skin and flesh are cut off from the hindquarters of each domestic sheep. When scar tissue forms, less wool grows and therefore is less likely to become dirty and attract flies. The practice is usually performed with the animal physically restrained and without anesthesia. If the raw patch of flesh on the sheep becomes infected the sheep will have a slow and agonising death. 

After enduring this “mulesing”, sheep are loaded onto huge ships and are then transported to Middle Eastern countries for slaughter. Because animal rights laws are virtually nonexistent, sheep are cruelly dismembered and skinned while still conscious. This skin is later used to make boots, such as UGGs (animal rights – about.com).     

Ugg boots are made out of sheep skin – inside and out.                                                                                                                                                      Ugg boots Oddly enough they are also fashionable beach wear. It seems Pamela Anderson, who would wear Ugg boots on the beach, started this trend.PAMELA ANDERSON IN HER UGG BOOTS

However, as I wrote in a previous post, Pamela considers herself to be an animal activist following in the footsteps of Brigitte Bardot. See:

In 2007, Pamela Anderson, realising that Ugg boots were made of sheep skin, wrote on her website: “I thought they were shaved kindly?”  Pamela then stressed, “Do NOT buy Uggs! Buy Stella McCartney or juicy boots“.
Although this was some years ago, Ugg boots have remained popular.
The production of Ugg boots has been the subject of criticism by animal rights groups.
These groups, including PeTA, have called for the boycott of Ugg boots and their replacement with non-animal materials.

There is also a petition below that can be signed. This petition is addressed to UGG Australia (Deckers Outdoor Corporation) and states:

UGG Australia: Stop mutilating, torturing, and killing sheep to make UGG Boots.

http://www.change.org/petitions/ugg-australia-stop-mutilating-torturing-and-killing-sheep-to-make-ugg-boots

PINK, another celeb animal activist speaks out for sheep. Please watch the following video for this.

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15 Comments

  1. Seeing her helpless, knowing the fate that awaits her while these morons buy booze and hope for a winning chance while she has no chance . . .

    Well presented, Emy.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Emy Will says:

      Totally sick “morons”!
      Not that it really matters but it seems that I mistook the gender of this sheep. RIP innocent creature. Out of respect I will correct the text ❤
      Thanks Peter.

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  2. Disgraceful way the lamb in the shop was treated, right down to having a sign slapped on it. I hope that shop gets its alcohol licence revoked and the owner fined into the ground…shame they can’t sling him into prison for a bit.
    …and Uggs are pathetic indeed.

    Vijay

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    • Emy Will says:

      That is exactly how I feel , Vijay. Sadly South Africa Is way behind on animal protection 😦
      Recently there was conflict between mine workers and the police. It has emerged that the miners burnt two sheep ALIVE, as the miners believed it would protect them from bullets. Not to mention that they also burnt a person live for the same reason. Just barbaric!

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  3. Pointless superstition that cost two sheep their lives, as well as the people who died on both sides. Barbaric indeed.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Michael Lane says:

    Had no idea Ugg boots came from violence. That liquor store story is really dark and awful.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Emy Will says:

      Hi Michael. I think there is so much violence behind the scenes that we are unaware of. That is why it is important for all of us to expose cruelty, as did the person who photographed and reported the scene at the liquor store – not that the person did anything to save that sheep 😥

      On a lighter note, we went away for a few days and had to leave our 16 cats at home. I thought of you and the wonderful piece you did on cats and the cat/house sitter.

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  5. Chicempire says:

    Well, I believe this is really serious matter and some strict action should be taken to avoid such bad things. As well as it’s very important to make people aware about sheepskin ugg boots as I hope it will also help in protecting such bad happenings.

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