Animals are not ours. If we felt what the tortured and slaughtered farm animals felt, every time we went to indulge in hamburgers, wings, and even ice cream, we would rethink our daily choices. Then there is the entire side of fashion, where animals are bred solely for their skin and fur. They suffer just so we can carry around our leather hand bags and wear our fur coats. All purely for vanity. Maybe compassion and empathy are learned rather than in our nature, but even then I say a large part of what makes us human is our ability to have complex emotions. We have the capacity to decide if something is “right” based on these emotions. Being conscious of your daily choices for the animals is understanding that their lives are valuable, too. The awareness and recognition of consent is crucial, because how we feel about it towards humans is correlated with how we might treat animals, and vice versa. No one wants to live a life with limitations, confinement, and fear.

Check out ‘The Meaning and Importance of Consent – for People and Animals‘, it’s an informative and enlightening article written by Dr. Hope Ferdowsian.


This ‘Not Yours‘ sweater represents and supports our ability to see animals as individuals, and that animals are never ours to control and exploit for any purpose or reason that does not involve our respect or consent for them. To get your own, check out Nois New York for their stylish, ethical line. Use ‘acupofjoan’ at check out for 20% off your entire purchase. Valid until last day of March 11:59PM EST. So sorry that this is coming out with only a few days left of this month, but good news is, you still have your chance to snag your favorite item with a discount! You’ll love the chic items on their site.*