Brand New Leah Weller Boots!

We’re beyond pleased to announce a mega exciting collaboration with the talented musician and model Leah Weller, daughter of the Modfather Paul Weller! Leah designed these stunning lace-up knee high vegan boots with 10cm* stiletto heels and pointed toes, and a full zip on the inside leg. 10% from each sale go to PETA UK to support their sterling work protecting the rights of all animals.

We matched up with Leah because we share a passion for cruelty-free style, and we’re both proud champions of PETA (we’re a PETA-approved vegan brand). We’re totally in love with Leah’s stunning boots – they are irrefutable proof that style and ethics can go hand in hand. All our shoes are lined with our cutting edge 100% recycled faux leather with a vegetable polymer coating, and are beautifully handmade in sunny Spain, making our shoes friendly to animals, humans and the planet.

Pair with indigo skinnies and a loose logo tee for the ultimate rocky look. These show-stopping boots are £250, and you can get £15 off if you pre-order now for an October delivery. Plus, we offer free worldwide delivery.

Leah Weller – Black Knee High Lace Up Boot – Pre Order

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Running of the Bulls: A Cruelty-Free Alternative

The treatment of bulls in bullfighting across Europe and in Latin America has long been a huge issue for animal advocates. But Mataelpino, just outside Madrid, are proving that you can still enjoy a cultural tradition by making a sizeable tweak to make it cruelty-free.

Jorge Lopesino:YouTube

Instead of running with panicked bulls through crowds to be brutally killed at the end of the day, the people at the Boloencierro festival run alongside epic Indiana Jones-esque inflatable ‘boulders’. This festival has been going for four years now and all ages are more than welcome to take part. Do watch this little clip – it looks like serious fun!


“Boloencierro is fun for all the family and a great alternative for the growing number of people who oppose bullfighting and bull runs,” said PETA in 2014. This new cruelty-free take of an old tradition is proof that the world can change to protect animals.

Its cruel counterpart, the Running of the Bulls (in Spanish, the Encierro), is a big part of the San Fermin festival. The bulls are run from outside the city into the bullring, where they are then weakened and eventually killed. It is thought that this very public form of animal abuse kills approximately 250,000 bulls every year, which is a tragic statistic.

Bullfighting is not just a horrible experience for the bulls. Every festival there are reports of horrific injuries for the runners, and professional bullfighter Victor Barrio was killed earlier this year after being gored earlier this year.

Thanks to the sterling work of different animal groups like PETA, World Animal Protection and PACMA, towns in Ecuador, Venezuela, France, Portugal, Colombia and Catalonia have declared themselves to be against bullfighting. The cogs are definitely moving, so there is hope yet that this cruel tradition can be changed for the better.

To read more about the commendable work of animal charities, read about World Animal Protection’s Sea Change campaign and Obama banning the slaughter of downer calves.

Images courtesy of Jorge Lopesino/YouTube

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Help Protect Marine Animals from Ghost Gear

This month World Animal Protection UK were out with volunteer environmental divers helping to remove lost fishing equipment (aka ghost gear) from the sea off the Pembrokeshire coast. Ghost gear is a massive issue for marine animals, with an eye-widening 640,000 tonnes of lost lobster pots, fishing nets and rope being lost in our oceans every single year. This equipment continues to catch marine animals, and is detrimentally affecting thousands of British species.

Ghost Gear

The Leatherback turtle, for example, is the most common species found in British waters, and its global status is critically endangered. When it migrates to British waters from July to October to feed on jellyfish, they often get caught in discarded rope. Young playful seals find themselves caught in fishing net with tragic consequences. Even whales can be entangled and killed by ghost gear. 

Ghost Gear

Thankfully these sterling humans are on the case. The diving group, brilliantly named the Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners (NARC), headed out in tempestuous waters as they have been doing for the past 11 years, to do the noble and necessary job of sub-aquatic litter-picking to protect species such as the yellow sponge crab, the bottlenose dolphin, the Ballan wrasse fish and the grey seal that live in the Pembrokeshire seas. Last year they recovered one tonne of ghost gear, and this year managed to collect 19 lobster pots as well as rope and angling gear. World Animal Protection’s Campaign Manager Christina Dixon joined the team for a day, and reported back: “It’s always an honour to be part of a gear removal mission and play a small role in helping this dedicated group of sea heroes.”

Ghost Gear

Luckily, thanks to the continued work of NARC and the World Animal Protection UK Sea Change campaign, this issue is being brought to the fore. This charity is working with the industry and with the UK government to develop initiatives to recover ghost gear from our waters and support partners working on hands-on animal rescue.

To support World Animal Protection UK’s Sea Change campaign, sign up to their mailing list to get the latest news, and read their summary of the ghost gear issue. For more information on spotting and reporting ghost gear, check out World Animal Protection’s guide. Plus, like them on Facebook and Twitter to keep in the loop with updates to the campaign.

Images courtesy of World Animal Protection UK.

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