Best alternative to wool is..?
That's a good bit of information, and now I understand!
No offense at all, bro. It's good to want to learn, as long as you're respectful (which you were) I don't mind answering questions.
You pretty much got it right, we don't want to use any products that are made by harming the animals. The thing is wool is, unless you know where it's coming from, you don't know how they got it. Most of the people the shear the sheep don't care much for how they do it, and the sheep does end up being hurt by it (not everyone is like this, though.) Also a most of these products that come from animals seem to be a by-product of animal farming.
An example of this is boar hair bristles for hair brushes. Some say they get them by simply clipping the boar's hairs, but it's hard to believe that someone (at least a big company) would spend the effort of doing this when they could be obtained from slaughtered pigs.
The majority of animal products are a by-product of animal farming. We want animals to lead a natural life, and since we are so developed here in America, we HAVE the choice to not use animal products. We simply want to end the suffering of the animals, or at least lessen it by not using the products ourselves and we should also educate others, and maybe they'll use them less.
Hope this cleared up why we don't use wool. There's so many people that don't seem to care about animals it's hard to believe someone isn't harming them unless you see the process in person, you know what I mean?
And also, once the animal is done being useful, where will it end up?
(Long, and edited to add more things that came from discussing this with my girlfriend. I've only been vegan for a couple of years, I can relate to the ease of these products, but they cause too much harm. We wouldn't want this to happen to us, why let it happen to them?)
Alex Angam said:Can vegans not use wool? I thought it was only animal products that harm or kill the animal. Don't get mad, I'm just curious! Because we all know that sheep get super gnarly and there wool grows right back, kind of like some dogs!