Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Silk: The Big Cover Up

Millions of silkworms are killed each year for the silk industry. Silk is the name given to a soft fabric made from the fine thread produced by certain moths. Most silkworms are killed while fully conscious inside their cocoons.

Commonly, moths are placed in scalding water and boiled alive. The moth is conscious throughout this process, no pain relief is provided. Hundreds of silkworms are killed for just one silk scarf or tie.

Get active!

What you can do

  • Do not buy silk products
  • Donate any silk items you own to charity shops
  • Educate your friends and family about the origins of silk
  • Order a pack of The Big Cover Up leaflets from Viva! to distribute and raise awareness of cruel fashion
  • Write to businesses and ask them to opt for cruelty-free fabrics
  • Write to your local paper about silk production to raise awareness in your community

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