Pam Is Giving Up Her Uggs: Will You?

02/23/2007 at 05:15 PM ET

Last fall we asked your opinion on one of the most loved-and-hated trends of the past few years — Uggs Boots — originally popular with L.A. girls like Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Pamela Anderson — and you overwhelmingly said you still loved them. Now, longtime animal-rights supporter Anderson has announced that she is discarding the cozy footwear, saying on her website: “I am getting rid of them…. I used to wear them with my red swimsuit to keep warm — never realizing they were SKIN!” Since this winter is not quite over yet, we want to know: Are you still not ready to give up your Uggs? If you are, what are you replacing them with?

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Marie on

I don’t understand why people keep saying that if you throw away your boots, then the animals died for nothing. The logic behind that is mindboggling. And I don’t think we can conclusively say that the skin was a by product of the meat industry, etc, because according to the article, a representative of the company made the comment, and if you’re trying to cover your butt you won’t be out right telling the truth. So I don’t think we can make a definitive statement as to where the skin really comes from. So if the skin was cruelly obtained (and I’m sure most people are aware of this fact),the whole point of not buying them is to prevent the killing of more sheep. Besides, if sheep are raised simply to be murdered, was it fair for them to exist in the first place?

ginger on

For the person who loves uggs and wants more, go to Zappos this summer and you can find them in all colors and on SALE!

I have them in orange, chestnut, sand, yellow,&black
I will wear uggs always.

Its almost impossible to get a decent pump that is not made from animnal skin.
I bet Pamela is wearing a shoe that is made from some animal skin..

Allison on

I love love love my Uggs. In fact, I just spot cleaned them for a trip to Colorado. They are the warmest shoes I’ve ever put on my feet. I got them in 1992, wear them all the time, and they still look perfect. LOVE THEM!!!

Designer Ella on

Like the Uggs rep said, sheepskin is a byproduct of the food industry. If people eat lamb, etc., then why not use their shearling, leather, etc.? It’s the same thing as leather.

I used to be against Uggs because of the real “fur” and sheepskin, but I’ve come to understand that it’s farm-raised animal for this purpose (or firstly the purpose of eating).

It’s NOT the same as wild animal fur or abused animal fur. And don’t boycott leather, because then parts of the cows, etc., are wasted. This country was started with people (Native Americans) who hunted but used ALL OF THE ANIMAL, and I’ve ALWAYS believed in doing that.

Can you give up your beef, bacon, Thanksgiving Turkey, etc.???

Skye on

NEVER!!!

As said by UGG spokesperson: “Sheepskin is a natural byproduct of the food industry. There is no animal abuse in our production.”

So again I say NEVER will I give up my UGGS!

Syke

LS on

I am an animal rights activist and I absolutely believe in treating ALL animals humanely and with respect. I have spoken out against KFC for shamelessly hurting their chickens; I have stood up for the small animals being mistreated at PetSmart (please don’t patronize them!); and my hubby and I have rescued 3 young dogs from organizations in our area. However I do admit Uggs are very helpful in the winter since it’s freezing in New England. I love my Uggies very much and have many pairs… they should hold me over for awhile. I don’t care what Pam does, I care about keeping my tootsies warm!

elizabeth on

Some of the people below who stated that they ‘love their uggs no matter what’ and ‘don’t care what they are made of’ are complete morons; its ignorant, inhumane people like you that make this country ( and world) a worse place. These people have no care in the world for what they eat or do and their responsability level is sub zero.
No one is perfect. That is a fact. But IF THE BOOT HAS THE SKIN OF THE SHEEP ON IT, NOT JUST THE WOOL and you don’t care, the you are a sad individual.
The bottom line is that if this hate ridden world is going to change, we as individuals need to become knowledgable and ask questions about everything. If you are going to consume meat, then for god’s sake make sure it is organic and free-range. If you want hot new shoes, buy stella mccartney or a brand that is leather free. It is not fair that we treat animals like they do not matter ( and don’t give me that bull about ‘ well, I have a dog and cat and I treat them well,lady’ because I am talking not only about pets but about cows, chickens,etc). We have no right to skin an animal alive ( and yes, they do do this, no joke).
Again, if people would learn to shed their ignorance and contentment with being irresponsable ( which is the easy route), then the world would be a much better place.

Rachel Pallas on

****Thank you Pam!No more Uggs for this family either.****I will buy the boots Pam is currently in the process of making for her site.****

Marissa!!!!! on

Uggs are like the coolest thing ever! I wouldn’t give them up for the world!

Jamie on

I love my uggs and they are soo warm she is wronge to give them up!

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