Design for Animal Welfare
Lightning and Oliver. Littermates from East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, CA, Renee - founder of Threads for Love - says Lightning (the one with the all-white chin) was named after his crooked tail that is in the shape of a lightning bolt.
"While we were looking at all of the kittens," Renee said, "we looked into the cage with Oliver and Lightning. Lightning flipped on his back, showing me his tummy, and Oliver was excitedly running around the cage with his long, monkey-like tail sticking straight up in the air. I immediately fell in love. I am so thankful for them every day. They bring so much happiness to our home."
From choosing to rescue kittens from the shelter to creating an apparel line, I got the chance to connect with Renee and get a closer look at the company she founded. Combining fashion and animal welfare, Renee describes her journey to discovering and establishing the foundation for Threads for Love.
"When I was 11," Renee said, "I stumbled upon slaughterhouse photos and videos online and went vegetarian overnight. About two years ago, I visited The Gentle Barn. There is a cow there by the name of Buttercup. The volunteer was telling me that she was a former dairy cow that was constantly impregnated and kept having her babies taken away from her."
After doing more research about the dairy industry, Renee said she had no idea that female cows are repeatedly artificially inseminated and have their babies stolen from them. She was also unaware that if the babies are male, they'll most likely be slaughtered for veal. If the babies are female, they'll suffer the same fate as their mothers, eventually slaughtered after being considered "spent."
What Renee describes is something that is often overlooked. Referred to as "the rape rack," many describe the dairy industry as being more cruel and barbaric than the meat industry. Trapped in a cycle of forced impregnation, perpetual lactation and near constant confinement, most dairy cows’ overworked bodies begin producing less milk at around 4 to 5 years of age, at which point they are slaughtered. (Click HERE to read more.)
From almond milk to soy, cashew, coconut, and hemp milk, so many cruelty-free options fill the shelves of grocery stores these days. In a society with a wealth of information at our fingertips, know what you are supporting each time you swipe your card. What you know, alters what you see. When you truly comprehend the horrifying practices that our culture accepts as "normal" and "standard," you will then grasp the powerful importance and meaning behind the Compassion Saves Lives and Upgrade Your Ethics slogans from Threads for Love.
Thank you, Renee, for choosing pet adoption and for supporting our Adoption Rewards Program. Above all else, THANK YOU for having the courage to have a kind and empathetic heart in an often merciless world.
Jaime lives in Columbus, OH, with her husband, son, and five furry children. Jaime welcomes exploring new collaborations and partnerships relating to PRANA Run. If you’re interested in connecting, don’t hesitate to reach out.