Monday, 30 May 2016

[RUG UP] Top 5 Cruelty Free Knits for Winter

Even though the weather here in Sydney is still quite crazy - freezing mornings, beautifully sunny days and dropping back to icy nights, it is always good to have a warm and snuggly knit handy. Lucky for me, there are some beautiful 100% cotton options out at the moments so there is no need to harm an innocent sheep in order to keep warm.

Why not wool you ask? Don't they just get shaved? Yes, this is perhaps true. The animal in this case isn't getting killed for their skin/fur however majority of them do get harmed. I guess this goes back to my principles of using a living being for human gain. I guess when it comes down to it, the sheep should never have been bred solely for the purposes of selling wool aka human gain.

According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) - With approximately 80 million sheep, Australia produces 25 percent of the world’s wool. Flocks usually consist of thousands of sheep, making it impossible to give attention to an individual sheep’s needs. For instance, it is considered normal in the Australian wool industry for at least 4 percent of young lambs to die every spring from poor nutrition, and millions die annually from exposure to harsh weather.

In Australia, the most commonly raised sheep are merinos, who are specifically bred to have wrinkled skin, which means more wool per animal. This unnatural overload of wool causes animals to die of heat exhaustion during hot months, and the wrinkles also collect urine and moisture. 

Attracted to the moisture, flies lay eggs in the folds of skin, and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive. In order to prevent this condition, called “flystrike,” Australian ranchers perform a barbaric operation called “mulesing,” in which workers carve huge strips of skin and flesh off the backs of lambs’ legs and the areas around their tails. This is done to produce smooth, scarred skin that won’t harbor fly eggs, yet the bloody wounds often get flystrike before they heal. Studies have shown that the procedure causes stress levels similar to those of castration and shearing, and the effects—pain, discomfort, and weight loss—can last for two to 14 days. 

Sheep are sheared each spring, after lambing, just before some breeds would naturally shed their winter coats. Timing is considered critical: Shearing too late means wool loss. In the rush, many sheep die from exposure after premature shearing.

To read more from the article click here

So basically, wool, in order to be produced in such large amounts results in the neglect, pain and death of innocent animals.

My 5 "wooly" picks for this winter are -

Steele Label, Bambi Knit, $169 AUD, Buy it here

Cotton On, Lofty Roll Neck, $41.96 AUD, Buy it here

Faithfull The Brand, Frankie Knit, $159.95 AUD, Buy it here

Maurie and Eve, Aveline Knit, $169 AUD, Buy it here

Asilio, Revenenant Knit Sweater, $239.95 AUD, Buy it here

Sunglasses: El Roy Eyewear
Knit: Steele
Pants: Dotti
Shoes: Betts
Bag; Matt and Nat
Necklace: Kookai

Keep warm!

For the love of animals,

Nadhisha xx


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