Since Students Opposing Speciesism (SOS) launched our Urban Outfitters, Inc., brands campaign in late September demanding that Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People stop profiting from exploited animals, we’ve spread awareness across social media platforms, collected signatures on PETA’s petition, and even protested outside and inside stores.
We won’t stop raising our voices until Urban Outfitters brands end their rampant speciesism and stop using suffering animals for their clothing, accessories, and other products. And now we’re taking it to the phones, calling our local Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People stores to demand that they stop selling leather, wool, down, alpaca, mohair, cashmere, and silk. It’s easy, and we’ll tell you exactly how to do it!
Click the buttons below to find stores in your area:
When someone picks up, you can either ask for the manager or talk to the person who answers and use the following script and talking points:
Hi, my name is [your name], and I live in [City]. I’m calling to ask [store name] to stop using animal-derived materials for its clothing and other items. Urban Outfitters brands still sell alpaca, wool, leather, down, cashmere, mohair, and silk, even though activists are campaigning to tell you the following:
- Cows are forced to live in extremely crowded conditions, branded with red-hot irons, and skinned—sometimes alive—for leather.
- Sheep suffer for wool production. Shearers have been seen punching sheep in the face, throwing and dragging them, and stomping on them, and farmers eventually kill them by slashing their throats.
- Workers hit, kicked, tied down, and mutilated crying alpacas for their fleece.
- Cashmere goats scream in pain as workers tear out their hair. Angora goats used for mohair have been lifted by the tail and thrown. These goats’ throats are slashed when they’re no longer considered useful.
- Workers violently restrain birds and tear out their feathers by the fistful while they’re still alive for down.
- Silkworms, who respond to pain, are often boiled alive for silk. It takes around 5,000 silkworks to make one silk kimono.
There is simply no need to confine and kill sentient animals for fashion when innovative, stylish vegan wool, leather, and other materials—many of which you already sell—exist on the market.
Please pass along my message to corporate employees so they know that young people like me don’t want to buy products that require animals to be cruelly tormented and that devastate the environment. Thank you very much for your time.
Once you’ve called stores in your area, feel free to call the corporate office with the same message, urging the company to stop supporting the exploitation of animals for their wool, skin, feathers, and hair. The more employees who hear from us, the more likely the company will be to take our demands into consideration.
Call the corporate headquarters of Urban Outfitters, Inc., at 215-454-5500 (then press 0) and ask to leave a message for CEO Richard Hayne.
When enough people speak up, Urban Outfitters brands will realize that the public—especially their target demographic (young people)—is aware of their greed and that we won’t stay silent. They’ll have to change their cruel business practices, and animals will win.
After you call, let us know how it went using the form below!