Manufactured Leather and Fur are Helping Abused Animals

Manufactured Leather and Fur are Helping Abused Animals

Great news!

More and more companies are manufacturing products with materials that look and feel like leather and fur, but are not derived from animals. This is because they realize how abusive leather and other materials and fabrics are when made from animals. And they also realize that consumers are becoming more aware and conscious of their purchases, wanting compassionate products. Consumers are demanding an end to animal testing and animal derived products. Businesses that don’t meet this growing consumer demand are growing go out of favor.


Meet a pioneer and global leader in vegan design, Deborah DiMare. Her video explains how wonderful these new products are and why more consumers are choosing compassionate products.

Deborah is an accomplished vegan design expert, luxury interior decorator, published author, TV personality, educational speaker, a global influencer for the vegan design movement and founder of DiMare Design. She created to promote an understanding of fabulous vegan options and why these should replace animal derived products.

Click HERE to see a list of many beautiful vegan fabrics taking over the market.

Vegan Design Online Class offers an accredited online courses for professional designers, students and non-professional compassionate consumers that care about animal welfare.

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The Vegan Design 101 Online Class

When purchasing, please use the code ‘HelpingAnimals‘ to receive 20% off.

Consumers will learn how wonderful vegan materials are. Professionals will receive a Certificate of Completion to display on their marketing materials. Students will receive an accredited 7.5 CEUs.

Other offerings include on-site classes, lectures, seminars and internship programs.

Consumer trends show that:1

56% of Americans stop buying from brands they believe are unethical.

16 Million people in the U.S. are now vegan or vegetarian. That is a growth of 13 Million since 2009.

 72% of Americans oppose testing products on animals.

30-55% of global consumers are willing to pay more for socially responsible companies.

One BILLION animals are killed every year for their skin and fur. 1

Animals feel pain too

Innovative materials are a true luxury, rather than [animal] leather, which as become a commodity.

Stella McCartney

Fashion Designer

Design Industry Statistics1

  • 80% of the world’s leather comes from China. China has no regulations on leather, so dogs and cats are often used for leather hides.
  • The fur and skins industry is not transparent about the statistics. The following estimates are based on research:
    • 12 geese for 1 down pillow
    • 8 cows for 1 sofa
    • 150 chinchillas for 1 full-length coat,
    • 60 minks for 1 full-length coat

For additional statistics, please see

About: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

About: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)


International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Local Office: Washington, D.C.
International Office: Yarmouth Port, MA

IFAW is a  worldwide organization in helping abused animals. They have many projects that save animals in need globally, in more than 40 countries. They tirelessly rescue individual animals, campaign to prevent animal cruelty and advocate for the protection of wildlife and habitats. Projects include helping domestic animals such as dogs and cats. They save seals from brutal terror and killings. They defend the whales and protect elephants, tigers. IFAW also educations and pursues political action to further the protection and preservation of animals. They look for ways to address conflicts and challenges of animal populations. Viewers can help with donations, signing petitions, writing letters.

IFAW is recognized as a leader in helping abused animals by the Independent Charities of America. Their Charity Navigator rating though is only a 2 out of 4.

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Independent Charities Helping Abused Animals

Independent Charities Helping Abused Animals

America’s Best Charities is Screening and Certifying America’s Best Charities and presents them to givers in fund drives at work and on the web.
Click America’s Best Charities for more information.

Please view their website for the latest updates.

Category: Animals

4 Paws for Ability, Inc.
A Well-Fed World
Adaptive Sports Access for Wounded Warriors
Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Rescue
Alternatives for Research and Development Foundation
America for Animals
America`s VetDogs – the Veteran`s K-9 Corps, Inc.
American Anti-Vivisection Society
American Eagle Foundation
American Humane Association
Angel Canines for Wounded Warriors
Animal Charities of America
Animal League America

Animal Legal Defense Fund:
The Animal Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1979, with the unique mission of helping abused animals by protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system.

Animal Place
Animal Protection and Rescue League
Animal Rights Institute
Animal Spay Neuter International
Animal Welfare Institute
Animals For Adoption
Ape and Monkey Rescue and Sanctuaries
Apes Alive: The Primate Rescue Center

ASPCA: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Helping abused animals by working to stop dog fights to the death, puppy factories with overcrowded and unsanitary breeding pens, kittens being tortured for amusement and other acts of animal cruelty.

Assistance Dog Institute
Assistance Dog United Campaign
Big Cat Rescue Corp
Born Free USA: Keep Wildlife in the Wild
Canine Assistants
Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Health Foundation
Canines for Disabled Kids
Cats on Death Row
Cesar Millan Foundation
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Chimp Haven, Inc.
Compassion Over Killing
Days End Farm Horse Rescue
Dedication and Everlasting Love to Animals
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
Dogs & Cats Stranded on the Streets
Dogs Deserve Better Inc.
Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans (NEADS)
Dogs for the Deaf, Inc.
Dogs Last Chance
Dogs Leading the Blind
Dogs On Death Row
Elephant Sanctuary
Elephants, Saving Elephants and Habitat Worldwide
Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM)

Farm Sanctuary Inc.
Helping abused animals by protecting farm animals from cruelty and abuse, inspiring change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promoting compassionate vegan living.

Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc.
Friends of Animals
Future Farmers of America
Greyhound Foundation
Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.
Guide Dogs of America
Habitats for Dogs & Cats
Haiti Community Development Fund
Haitian Health Foundation
Hearing Dog
Hearts United for Animals
Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled
Horse Charities of America
Horses On Death Row
Humane Farm Animal Care
Humane Farming Association
Humane League, The
In Defense of Animals

International Fund for Animal Welfare
Helping abused animals in crisis worldwide: protect pets from cruelty, rescue animals from natural disasters, and save elephants, whales, and seals from cruel and unnecessary slaughters.

Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind
KSDS, Inc. Assistance Dogs
Labs4Rescue, Inc.

Marine Mammal Center
Helping abused animals that are ill or injured, rescuing seals in California.

Mercy for Animals
Mote Marine Laboratory
National FFA Foundation, Inc.
National Humane Education Society, The
Orangutan Foundation International
Pandas International
Paws With A Cause
Pet Life Line
Pet Partners
PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Pets for Patriots, Inc.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Polar Bears International
Puppies Behind Bars
Refuges for All Wildlife
Release Chimpanzees
Rhino Foundation
Save America`s Forests Fund
Save The Animals
Save the Manatee Club, Inc.
Search Dog Foundation, National Disaster
Seeing Eye, Inc.
Service Dogs For America
Siamese Cat Rescue Center
Snow Leopard Trust
Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.
Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)
United Animal Nations
United Poultry Concerns
Vegan Outreach
Vegetarian Resource Group
Wild Animals Worldwide
WildAid, Inc.
Winn Feline Foundation, Inc.
World Society for the Protection of Animals
Yellowstone Coalition: Protecting the Lands, Waters, and Wildlife
Yosemite Conservancy

Category: Wild Animals

Alaska Wilderness League
Alley Cat Allies
American Humane Association
Animal Charities of America
Animal Welfare Institute
Ape and Monkey Rescue and Sanctuaries
Big Cat Rescue Corp
Born Free USA: Keep Wildlife in the Wild
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Chimp Haven, Inc.
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
Elephant Sanctuary
Elephants, Saving Elephants and Habitat Worldwide
Felidae Conservation Fund
HawkWatch International
International Crane Foundation, Inc.
International Fund for Animal Welfare
Marine Mammal Center
Mote Marine Laboratory
Orangutan Foundation International
Pandas International
PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Polar Bears International
Project AWARE Foundation
Refuges for All Wildlife
Rhino Foundation
Save America`s Forests Fund
Save The Chimps
Save the Manatee Club, Inc.
Snow Leopard Trust
Trustees for Alaska
Wild Animals Worldwide
Wild Salmon Center
WildAid, Inc.
Wildlands Network
Wildlife Habitat Council, Inc.
Wolf Center, International
World Society for the Protection of Animals helping abused animals globally, from dogs, to marine life, to wildlife.
Yellowstone Coalition: Protecting the Lands, Waters, and Wildlife
Yosemite Conservancy

About: Independent Charities of America

Independent Charities of America is helping abused animals with their certification of charities.



For Givers

  • To assemble, screen, certify, and present high quality charities for giver consideration.
  • To help givers find specific charities that are doing the work they wish to support.
  • To provide systems that allow for charities to ask potential contributors for gifts, and for contributors to make gifts, without high fund raising overhead costs.

For Employers

  • Free administrative, logistical, and funds distribution services to facilitate employer support of employee giving at work through payroll deduction and otherwise.
  • Public recognition for companies that sponsor at-work employee giving campaigns.

For Charities

  • In return for adhering to the highest standards of accountability and service, to provide the privilege of one-stop application, certification, and access to workplace giving, web-based giving, and other low-cost “federated” fund raising. Member Services and Benefits.

Charities are reviewed and certified annually.

About: Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

reprint: GFAS is helping abused animals by setting standards for rescue organizations.

The GFAS Standards of Excellence were developed and reviewed with the input of animal services officers, non-profit professionals, sanctuary managers, animal protection advocates, and veterinarians, utilizing existing standards from outstanding sanctuaries as a starting framework and refined/expanded upon based on knowledge and expertise of contributors, all helping abused animals… more on GFAS

Dreamchaser Horse Rescue is listed on GFAS.

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