Is vegan food or clothing that was produced with human slave labor "cruelty-free"?
A person wrote this: "No.
Though, I do buy second-hand vegan clothing that might have been made
with slave labor. It's an ethical struggle I've been fighting in my
mind. I won't buy from clothing companies that use slave labor or
sweat-shops or child labor (and if I don't know, I assume they do), but a
friend pointed out that I might not be acting logically consistently,
because I won't buy non-vegan clothes second hand.
logic is that I am not supporting the sweat shops and am indeed
supporting a local business that thrives on recycling old clothes that
would have otherwise been thrown away. And by buying second-hand, I
reduce the need for new garments to be created and more resources used. I
don't buy non-vegan things second hand, because I think it's inherently
wrong to use any animal products because it's advocating, through my
clothing choices, that it's morally okay to use animals at all--- the
existence of the garment is contrary to my beliefs, however a cotton
t-shirt itself is not inherently wrong, only the means of how it was
created. So I think it's wrong to support those companies directly, but
second-hand, I think it's helping eliminate the need for
child/slave/sweatshop labor and thus helping to alleviate the problem. I
try to buy fair-trade items too.
However, I'm still not sure I'm being logically consistent here. It's been something I've been thinking about for a long time.
But to answer your question, of of course sweatshops and slavery are never cruelty-free!"