A voice against Animal Slaughter
Leather is a fashion statement for many of us, but are we really aware about the harsh and dark realities that exist before it reaches us, in the form of a new pair of shoes, bag or belt? A large number cows, sheep, goats are tortured in unimaginable conditions and killed everyday, just for their skin, just for fashion.
A majority of them are slaughtered in developing countries like India, because the animal welfare laws here are just not- enforced. They are treated horribly, kept in deplorable conditions and exploited to their limit. In India, a shocking PETA investigation found that it is a common practice- for slaughterhouse workers to break the tails of cows and rub chili peppers and tobacco in their eyes, so that they can walk, even in an exhausted state, often to their final doom.
The irony is that the treatment of cows is amongst the cruelest right here in India; the same India that elevates the cow to the holiest of statuses. Sad, but true.
Sadly, the horror story, doesn’t end here. Since killing healthy young cattle is illegal in India, many slaughterhouses resort to deliberately cripple and maim them. These poor calves are not given food; their legs are broken; their spirits shattered. They are intentionally exposed to poison and other harmful substances to reduce their ability to survive. All so that they become the shiny new thing in our wardrobes.
The story of illegal slaughterhouses has become a political hot potato. The number of these hidden killing booths and their shocking & intensely inhumane practices are alarming the country. In addition by being part of the illegal trade, the black money generated is astronomical, which is further used to fund the greed and corruption in our society.
Each pair of leather shoes is often associated with a sad story of a poor animal who had no choice. But there is a silver lining, because we can choose for ourselves. We have a choice – and we can choose the humane way that acknowledges our part in this world. And our little choices can have big impacts.
And while we at Kanabis are all about the style and latest trends, what motivates us the most is that we are part of this choice. Slip into our Kanabis shoes and help make fashion a little more ethical with us 🙂
Don’t we often find ourselves drooling over a beautiful pair of heels but our feet secretly cringe with the fear of pain, sweat, corns and worst of all injury from a fall? Yikes!
Sweat not, we have some amazing heels hacks which are going to make your experience an amazing one
1. TAPE YOUR FINGERS
If you have broad feet and pumps or peep-toes cause you pain, just tape your third and fourth finger together using a nude medical tape and you are bound to see the difference. (Technical trivia- taping them together reduces the strain on the nerve that is between those two fingers)
2. MAKE YOUR FEET SWEAT-PROOF
Feet sweating causes bad odor and ankle straps start slipping- double whammy! For maintaining the odor the simplest hack is your very own sanitizer, just put it on the soles of your feet and feel fresh as mist all day long!
3. TEA-BAGS: THE SAVIOUR
Who would have thought that used tea bags could also come handy? Just dry your used tea bags and put it in your heels overnight to kill the odor. You and your friend’s nose can thank us later!
4. STRETCH YOUR HEELS
Have wide feet and have to literally stuff them into those beloved heels? Did you know that your blow dryer is truly versatile? Just wear thick woolen socks in your tight pumps. Aim your blow dryer at your problem areas. Flex while you stretch and see the miracle!
5. FREEZE YOUR HEELS
Heels in your freezer may not float everyone’s boat but desperate times call for desperate measures?! Just fill two bags halfway with lukewarm water and seal it well. Put in your heels and freeze overnight. Remove them gently from your shoes next morning and keep it at room temperature for just an hour. Job done!
Last but the not the least, buy a comfortable pair that gives you ample cushion, has a durable anti-skid sole and most importantly fits you well. If the toes are curling, heel is hurting, pinkie finger is getting squished, heels are wobbly- ditch it. Stay comfy, stay chic -try a pair of Kanabis wedges and enjoy the new high over heels!