Anderson, who is often credited with first turning the Australian-made Uggs into a major fashion trend, posted a diary entry on her Web site denouncing the boots and asking fans to stop wearing them once she realized they were unfriendly to animals.
“I’m getting rid of our Uggs — I feel so guilty for that craze being started around Baywatch days — I used to wear them with my red swim suit to keep warm — never realizing that they were SKIN!” she wrote on her Web site.
The buxom blonde is an outspoken supporter of PETA and animal rights causes.
“I thought they were shaved kindly? People like to tell me all the time that I started that trend — yikes! Well let’s start a new one — do NOT buy Uggs! Buy Stella McCartney or juicy boots,” Anderson wrote.
The actress also mentioned in her online diary that she’s in the process of designing an animal-friendly alternative of her own.
Dan Matthews, the vice president of PETA, told the Daily Telegraph Anderson knew a long time ago that the boots were made from sheepskin.
“It’s not a revelation she has just had,” he told the paper. “We discussed it with her a few years ago, and that was when she stopped wearing them. The reason she is writing about it on her Web site now is because she has just moved house and she found them in the garage.”
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