LUCI asked in Food & DrinkVegetarian & Vegan · 1 decade ago

Vegan and wool-Stella Mccartney?

Well Stella mccartney is a vegan designer and she uses no leather and fur but still chooses to use wool and silk. HOW would it be possible to call her a vegan designer?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Hi, I think she's a vegan welfare, this means that this in favour of using animals without causing much suffering, BUT I think that welfare is not the answer to end the animal exploitation, because i'm vegan abolitionist... well, is just my comment. Good luck!

  • 1 decade ago

    To the best of my knowledge she is not and never has been a vegan designer. She is vegetarian. There is a difference.

    Vegans will not use any - ANY - animal products.

    Vegetarians only object to animal products derived from the death of said animal. There actually is silk, called peace silk, where the silk worm is not killed.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    From my understanding she is and always has been a vegetarian. I know she doesn't wear leather or fur (just like her father). Her father is more of a vegan than she is, she is a vegetarian designer, not vegan. But, I appreciate the fact that she refuses to use leather and fur.

    Source(s): Proud Vegan
  • 1 decade ago

    I think Stella McCartney is a vegetarian

    http://www.vegsoc.org/news/2000/patrons.html

    And here is her biography which states she is a "lifelong vegetarian"

    http://www.stellamccartney.com/int/en/stellasworld...

    There are issues with how wool is harvested, particularly with australian sheep where the top layer of skin is grazed on purpose to encourage protective wool growth.

    But thats not your question, you question is around Stella McCartney being a vegan, which is not true.

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  • 4 years ago

    i wonder this too, as silkworms are killed during silk extraction (think they die from being heated) for all those who say they aren't , go and research it and you'll see its true! i guess she can make more varied designs with these 2 products, may be difficult to think of new ideas season after season! it'd be great if she stopped though! i read the other day that there is veggie friendly silk, where the worms make their way out of the cocoons alive, without being 'cooked'-probably more expensive though but maybe she should switch to this im sure she can afford it! she is vegetarian btw.

  • Raquel
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Well if she uses wool and silk - then you can't classify her as a vegan designer, can you? that would defeat the purpose.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It benefits sheep to have their wool shorn off periodically, they can get cast and not be able to get up off the ground without a haircut. Silk is another product which is entirely natural and is produced from a creature which is nurtured carefully to improve the quality in the end. They are probably treated much better in the production system than they would be in the wild.

  • Digby
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    How far do you go???

    No animals were actually murdered in the make up - but lived a great life, are we to ecnore sheep and not let them exist only in zoos because we don't want wool?

  • 1 decade ago

    would you kill or the sheep

    would you like to make them extinct if you banned wool production in Australia?

    what would happen to the sheep?

    the sheep dont have huge crinkles all over them and most are fit and healthy, animals in the wild die its nature its cruel. domesticated animals far less than wild animals

    they only use rubber rings on sheep testicles takes too long to cut them

    sheep get far far more attention than kangaroos or wombats

    wool production doesnt hurt the sheep, they would die if they were not sheared

    and you dont have sheep ranchers in Australia

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hi you are right in the fact that if she uses wool and silk in her designs she cannont be called a vegan designer as vegans would not purchase clothing that contains these materials.

    Below is what is wrong with wool and silk!

    Currently exploiting more than 100 million miserable sheep, Australia produces 30 percent of all wool used worldwide. Holdings consist of thousands of sheep, making individual attention to their needs and even to medical emergencies impossible.

    In Australia, the most commonly raised sheep are Merinos, specifically bred to have wrinkly skin, which means more wool per animal. This unnatural overload of wool causes many sheep to collapse and even die of heat exhaustion during hot months, and the wrinkles 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. To prevent this so-called "flystrike," Australian ranchers perform a barbaric operation-called "mulesing"-where they force live sheep onto their backs, restrain their legs between metal bars, and, without any painkillers whatsoever, slice chunks of flesh from around their tail area. This is done to cause smooth, scarred skin that can't harbor fly eggs. Ironically, the exposed, bloody wounds themselves often get flystrike before they heal.

    Within weeks of birth, lambs' ears are hole-punched, their tails are chopped off, and the males are castrated without anesthetics. Male lambs are castrated when they are between 2 and 8 weeks old, either by making an incision and cutting their testicles out or with a rubber ring used to cut off blood supply-one of the most painful methods of castration possible. Every year, hundreds of lambs die before the age of 8 weeks from exposure or starvation, and mature sheep die every year from disease, lack of shelter, and neglect.

    Silk Production Causes Painful Death for Insects

    The so-called “silkworm” is actually a domesticated insect who, in nature, goes through the same stages of metamorphosis—egg, larva, pupae, and adult—that all moths do.(6) Silk is derived from the cocoons of larvae, so most of the insects raised by the industry don’t live past the pupae stage, as they are steamed or gassed alive in their cocoons.(7) Approximately 3,000 silkworms die to make every pound of silk.(8)

    Pharmaceutical companies have taken an interest in these insects, too, because they are perceived as inexpensive and easy to raise and can be genetically engineered to produce silk that contains human collagen.(9) Silkworms have also been transgenically modified to spin fluorescent-colored silk.(10)

    The military and medical communities have been testing on spiders, hoping to harness the strength and flexibility of spider silk into suture thread and to create a fabric that could replace Kevlar.(11) If kept together in captivity, however, spiders succumb to stress-induced cannibalism, and 400 spiders are needed to spin enough silk to create one square yard of cloth, so farming spiders has not been a profitable venture.(12) Instead, scientists are experimenting on goats, cows, and hamsters by inserting spider-silk genes into their cells in an attempt to create proteins similar to those of spider silk.(13) Transgenic cloned goats, for example, produce milk that contains silk proteins, which have been used in fibers sold under the name “BioSteel.”(14,15) The company’s president says that he intends to keep a herd of “several thousand animals” to generate the silk.(16) Nonmilitary goods that can be made from the silk thread include sutures and fishing line.(17)

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