Breeding other animals to use them as companions has led to an industry that generates profit for breeders and a plethora of physical health problems for the animals they breed. In addition, there is the very significant problem of homeless, neglected, unwanted, and abused companion animals. If you would like to care for another animal being, rescue, don’t buy.
There is a close association between the meat industry and the clothing industry. Leather and wool are slaughterhouse byproducts. There is no difference between using someone for their flesh and using them for their skin.
Some of these items are not just by-products of the slaughterhouse. Down feathers, for example, are obtained by plucking living ducks and geese, causing them pain and distress. Animals used for their fur are caged, frequently skinned alive, and suffer brutal deaths.
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It is not acceptable to use other animals for their labour such as guide dogs or therapy animals. As humans we can provide these services for each other.
It is not acceptable to use non-humans for entertainment or education such as riding or in petting zoos. Alternatives include getting to know other animals through documentaries, books, and websites, or visiting them at vegan sanctuaries.
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