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Fashion's Impact on Animals

For almost all of human history, animals have been used in some way as source materials for fabrics and accessories. Some of these materials remain in common use – for example, wool or leather – while others, due to their rarity and expense, are used only in luxury items – such as cashmere or fur.  

Broadly speaking, animals are used in one of two ways. Either, they are slaughtered for their skin (i.e. leather) or other body parts (such as bone); or they are reared for their ‘coats’ (for insta…

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