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#1 Old 02-23-2008, 02:28 PM
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I was talking to my little sister when she mentioned that she wants a pair of ugg boots. The information I'm finding on how they are made is contradictory. The site i found mentions tanning and fleshing the hides but also states it doesn't kill the sheep. Does anyone know what the process is? I'd like to be able to show my sister what happens to the sheep so she wont want the boots anymore and hopefully will think twice about buying leather, etc
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#2 Old 02-23-2008, 02:29 PM
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Well, the cows certainly are!

I KNOW there are non-leather options in some styles of boots.

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#3 Old 02-23-2008, 02:36 PM
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if the shoes are labelled as 'sheepskin', (suede feel and look on the outside, and wooly looking on the inside) that means it consists of pretty much what it says- sheeps-skin (think person scalp with hair attached).

if they're non sheepskin, but are made of sude/leather/fabric uppers and wool lined, that means they've stuck wool to leather or suede or fabric. its less clear in that case- depends if the wool is sheerings left over from sheepskin rug production (excess clipped from a sheepskin as part of processing), or the product of sheering- but obviously seude and leather (plus nubuck, pigskin, etc) are 'skin'.

either way, they're products of a cruel trade. whether or not the sheep was bred and killed specifically for the shoes or not, they all end up the same way sooner or later.
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#4 Old 02-23-2008, 02:40 PM
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I know there are fake uggs ( though why anyone would want them either is beyond me) but i'd like the evidence to go along with my plea for fakes. Plus i think having details of what happens to them will help a lot in future purchases
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dude, besides the cruelty to animals factor, those boots are a cruelty to whoever sees someone wearing them. Gross.

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um... i can tell you now that sheep have to be dead for sheepskin processing- they don't shed their skins like snakes. different types are bred specifically for their pile density and wool type for different products, for example: if you ever see very short, tight, curly piled sheepskin products, it's most likely stillborn lamb.

i've been in a tannery on several occasions. the skins come in looking pretty much how you'd expect, and are immediately chemically processed- stripped, bleached, fixed (chemically preserved), tumbled, dyed, dried, combed through/de-tangled, clipped, trimmed/cut to shape for rugs -they cut the not so hairy bits round the armpits off, and patch other faults. then skins are sorted by type, colour tone, size, pile density and quality, and stacked for wholesale, or cut using templates and sewn on industrial overlockers for gloves/slippers/boots, etc, or sold as skins for further processing off site by whoever buys them.
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#8 Old 02-23-2008, 03:01 PM
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From that page:

One of the questions often asked about ugg boots is:

Do you have to really kill the poor sheep just to make a pair of sheepskin Ugg boots?

The answer is NO. Not one sheep has to be slaughtered to obtain their hide and fleece. The sheepskins are shawn of the sheep back and the sheep regrow their fleece just like humans do hair. It's completely painless for the sheep. I've been told by a few old school Ugg manufacturers that the sheep actually like the experience of feeling free and would prefer to be shawn rather than have to carry a thick woolen coat around with them in the hot summer.

Once the sheepskin hides are taken from the sheep then the process of preparing the hide for manufacturers and ensuring the hides are up to export standard begins.

If these people honestly believe this they have issues. They also seem to have no concept of the difference between "fleece, skin, and hide". To say that you do not have to kill a sheep to get his/her skin is insanity. "Not one sheep has to be slaughtered to obtain their hide and fleece." I guess the sheep are just handing over their skin these days

It's awesome that you want to help your sister make more cruelty free choices

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#9 Old 02-23-2008, 03:02 PM
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So, I reread the site i posted again and I think its just horribly written. They make it sound as if skinning a sheep doesn't kill it which is obviously crap. I missed the sentence about the "skin" growing back so I'm guessing they failed to differentiate between wool and skin. Thanks everyone for your thoughts!
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#10 Old 03-05-2008, 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Scorpius View Post

dude, besides the cruelty to animals factor, those boots are a cruelty to whoever sees someone wearing them. Gross.

um, but i have a pair of vegan ones!!!

they dont look like those saskwatch foot boots, but pple refer to them as Uggs. which i hate. i HAVE to make them know that they are "vegan Earth Shoes (thank you very much)".

I got them from zappos a few years ago.

I couldnt currently find the same ones on there, but there are others, if you search under "earth" brand, or vegetarian boots. i got them off season for around 80bucks, totally worth it as they are sooo warm!
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