CollegeB wrote:I'd like to bring the utilitarian argument back in. In my opinion Vegans shouldn't buy new wool items, but if you have them its better to wear them than to just toss them out and buy new stuff, especially if you don't have the extra money. One step at a time, ya'll
I agree with that College B , although the problem of "advertising" becomes a concern when vegans walk around in animal stuff, (even if they had the wool garment from before they went vegan).
But that doesnt appear to be what Aaron said. He said that if wool wasnt so itchy, he would be "down with" getting wool (in other words buying wool) from a thriftstore. I fail to see how that is acceptable from an ethical vegan perspective because you would STILL be purchasing wool. I dont think the fact that it is from a thriftstore in any way abates the ethical concerns. Are the abhorrent practices of the wool industry - such as museling and live sheep exports, as captured in that expose link I provided for Cristian- not in the least bit disturbing? I am putting myself in the shoes of the sheep and I am telling you that I would be BEGGING people not to support an industry that mutilates me and typically throws me overboard into the sea while I am fully conscious to drown to death if I get sick on my "export journey", or sometimes even grounds me up ALIVE if I get sick, leaves me hungry and thirsty on that export journey of hell, etc. etc. Grounded up alive or thrown overboard to drown, mutilated by the practice of museling, etc. etc. C'mon people - there is no question about the ethicalness of wool
If I have misunderstood what you said Aaron, by all means correct me.