Ugg boots (sometimes called uggs) are known in Australia and New Zealand as a unisex style of sheepskin boot. It is typically made of twin-faced sheepskin with fleece on the inside, a tanned outer surface and a synthetic sole. Ugg boots originated from Australia, initially as utilitarian footwear worn for warmth. They were often worn by surfers during the 1960s. In the 1970s, the boots were introduced to the surf culture of the United Kingdom and the United States by local surfers returning from surfing competitions in Australia. Ugg boots emerged as a fashion trend in the United States in the late 1990s and as a world-wide trend in the mid-2000s, yet in Australia they are worn predominantly as slippers and often associated with “daggy” fashion sense, and “bogan” culture.(Wikipedia)
The sheep who are killed for UGGs are often Merino sheep—). Every year, millions of sheep are castrated, have part of their tails cut off (some even have their horns hot-branded), and then have their throats slit for their skin, which is what UGG boots are made of. All this—just for the sake of a pair of boots.
Every purchase of UGG boots supports extreme cruelty to animals—not to mention that wearing someone’s dead skin is just gross. With so many cute and cruelty-free options available, there’s no reason to wear the skin of an abused animal.
In case you were wondering, UGGs are made from the skin of sheep and, therefore, the sheep are killed to make them (Wikipedia). 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.
Pamela Anderson Gives Uggs the Boot
Written by PETA 02-28-2007
I’m going to come clean with you guys and admit that I didn’t know what Uggs were until I heard about this. I try to be trendy and keep my ear to the ground about this sort of thing, but apparently the whole Ugg thing has completely eluded me for, like, 10 years. Anyway, I’m told by my colleagues that they were this huge fashion phenomenon that got off the ground in a big way when Pamela Anderson started wearing them in her Baywatch days. Well, Pamela isn’t wearing them anymore, and the story has gone everywhere—starting with People magazine. Here’s what she had to say on the topic.
“I feel so guilty for that craze being started around Baywatch days – I used to wear them with my red swimsuit to keep warm – never realizing that they were SKIN! Do NOT buy UGGs! Buy Stella McCartney or Juicy boots – I’m looking for alternatives myself for my boys and the men in my life! I’m designing some right now for my family and will try and have some available on my Web site soon.
-What about UGG-like boots which are made by Neuaura?
They are cruelty free but they look so much like UGG like, same that with faux fur, by wearing them you could be sending the message that it’s ok to wear UGG boots as no one will see the difference unless you mention it.I’m always for cruelty free options though.What are your thoughts on this?
Animal rights groups say imitation Ugg boots are using fur from raccoon dogs skinned alive in China.
The footwear imitates Ugg boots – a style that traditionally uses sheep wool to line the inside of the boot. But activists say some imitation brands use other furs, including that of the raccoon dog.
The raccoon dog, said to resemble early forms of canines, is indigenous to east Asia. About the size of a fox, it climbs trees and is named for its resemblance to the raccoon.
“So, I think that needs to be looked at anyway, just considering the cruelty of the way these animals are killed. They don’t get the luxury of being knocked out before they die, they’re literally skinned alive”.
Just like me don’t buy Uggs, imitation Uggs..If you really want to wear UGG style boots, have a look on Peta’s website. Look for cruelty free alternatives like Neuaura.