I came across this pattern for a “vegan fox”.
Although it is definitely not fur, which is great…it is certainly not vegan.
If I am reading it correctly, then it contains merino wool. Now I am going to get a lot of flak for this, but calling something vegan when it isn’t just seems off. It could be calld “fox-free fox” or something. I am not playing “vegan nazi” (lovely term coined by people who compare us to Hitler), I am simply pointing something out.
I am not sure if anyone is aware of what a vegan really is…vegans are people who do not consume, use, or wear anything that comes from an animal (meat, milk, wool, silk, leather, eggs, etc), usually for ethical reasons. It is almost impossible to be 100% vegan but the basic premise is to be as non-violent and to reduce suffering as much as possible.
I am sure many sheep farmers do not hurt their sheep. However, (and many people are unaware of this) that there is a barbaric practice known as “museling” in which large chunks of a sheep’s backside are just sliced off. No anesthetic, nothing. Just mass mutilation. This practice is used so insect larvae don’t breed on the bottoms of the sheep, where it is wet. Also, sheep get sold and killed for food. This is why vegans do not use wool.
If you have your own sheep, fine. I am not telling everyone here, a bunch of knitters who have welcomed me in a friendly manner, what to do. Nor do I think people are “bad” for using wool. It is just something I wanted to point out.
I do like the septum ring though (on the girl in the picture)