This Sunday June 5th is World Environment Day, and this year the theme is 'go wild for life'. Global Warming has been put at the forefront of environment change this year, and let's be real, we probably have Leonardo DiCaprio to thank for that. His amazing speech at the 2016 Oscars left many of us with goose bumps "Let us not take this planet for-granted".
But, this year World Environment Day is focusing on an issue with a far greater sense of urgency. It isn’t only about raising awareness for climate change, but preserving life itself from slaughter and extinction. “Go wild for life” is this year’s World Environment Day slogan. The theme is to support the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife. Illegal wildlife trade threatens the survival of elephants, panda's, rhinos and many other wild species each year. Unfortunately, an industry that doesn't help trade in wildlife is one that we are all familiar with, Fashion.
Peta.org explained, exotic animals such as alligators, are factory-farmed for their skins and meat using gruelling techniques. Fur-bearing animals have been hunted in the wild throughout history, and in recent times, they have also been raised on farms. Fur Farms.
Today, Fur is considered to be a trendy fashion statement and the majority of fur is obtained from animals raised on fur farms. This is because it is easier to ensure that these animals will have a high-quality pelt. Farmers can monitor this through strict diets and breeding. Mink and fox are the two most common animals that are bred for their fur with China holding an increasingly large part of the fur market.
But, what about leather? Leather is something the everyday consumer doesn't think about as much. Here's a short video created by Peta.org featuring Stella McCartney who can explain more: Please note some people may find this video distressing.
This World Environment Day learn more about where your clothes come from and go wild for life.