Most recently, her engagement ring has garnered lots of buzz for reflecting her eco-friendly lifestyle; the ring is reportedly set in recycled platinum, has an antique centre stone and has accenting pavé diamonds taken from a conflict-free mine. Designer Jamie Wolf comments, “We wanted everything about the ring to speak to things that are important to Natalie.”
Bollywood’s perpetual villain, Gulshan Grover, is also a fervent advocate against animal abuse in India’s leather industry. In his most recent collaboration with PETA India, Grover condemns the “real-life villains” involved in the cruel and illegal practices used to transport animals to slaughter.
According to PETA India, animals being transported for the leather industry are “[f]orced to walk through the heat and dust for days without food or water [...]. Cattle are pulled by ropes that are inserted through their noses. To keep the animals moving, handlers twist the cows’ necks, horns and tails or rub chili peppers into the animals’ eyes.”
Grover and PETA are urging the public to not only consider non-leather options but to also demand their local government officials take action against illegal slaughterhouses.
British fashion designer and animal rights activist, Stella McCartney, has joined forces with PETA to launch an anti-leather campaign just in the eve of fashion week in both New York and London. McCartney’s views are featured in a short clip by the designer herself, hoping to educate the public of the cruelty and suffering that takes place behind the fashion industry. McCartney state’s “As a designer, I like to work with fabrics that don’t bleed; that’s why I avoid all animal skins. Please join me in exploring the huge variety of fashionable shoes, belts, purses, and wallets that aren’t the product of a cow’s violent death.” The graphic video has been posted on PETA’s website. It’s an in-depth video demonstrating the cruelty cows endure both in North America and over-seas simply to obtain leather. The graphic images definitely make you think twice before buying those cute black leather boots you were dying to have. This video will hopefully open the eyes of those who are uninformed of the cruelty that takes place behind close doors. Fashion is a statement that expresses your inner self but it should not come at the cost of another’s suffering. Stella Mc Cartney is a true inspiration to the ethical fashion world because she stay’s true to her values. We hope other designers will follow in Mc Cartney’s foot steps and make more ethical decisions when designing their new fashion lines.