The Duchess of Cambridge will receive a birthday gift from PETA, with a stylish vegan twist. Kate Middleton, who turns 33 on 9 January will receive a high-end faux-wool coat from New York vegan boutique Vaute Couture, a classic piece with all the elegance and style the duchess is well accustomed to with none of the cruelty that inherently comes with wool.
“Fashion is about more than looking good – it’s also a statement about who you are and what you stand for”, says PETA UK founder Ingrid E Newkirk. “By wearing her new vegan coat, the duchess will be setting a great example and sending British women the message that they can have top-notch style without hurting animals.”
In a letter accompanying the coat, PETA points to an international exposé of the wool industry in the US and Australia – the source of 90 per cent of the world’s merino wool – which revealed that workers violently punched scared sheep in the face, stamped and stood on the animals’ heads and necks and beat and jabbed them in the face with electric clippers and a hammer. Some sheep even died from the abuse, including one whose neck was twisted until the animal died.