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Australia Revokes 18-Year-Old Anti-Sweatshop Program

Photo by Shutterstock Australia’s federal government is withdrawing its support from a longstanding program that protects the country’s garment workers from sweatshop…

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American Apparel Stirs Up Controversy With "Made in Bangladesh" Ad

American Apparel’s latest ad does what the controversial retailer does best: objectifying semi-naked women for the sake of pushing merchandise. Never mind that its “made in…

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Cosmetics Firms Avoid Toxins Disclosure by Filing "Trade Secret" Status

Photo by Shutterstock Twenty-two cosmetics companies are attempting to foil the new California Safe Cosmetics Program Database by applying for trade secret status to cover up revealing…

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Toxic "Little Monsters" Lurk in Your Kids' Closets, Says Greenpeace

LITTLE MONSTERS “This is a nightmare for parents everywhere looking to buy clothes for their children that don’t contain hazardous chemicals,” says Chih An Lee, detox…

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Ke$ha Detained by Homeland Security After Allegedly Smuggling Ivory

Photo by Martin Lehmann/Shutterstock Pop star Ke$ha, a self-professed animal-rights activist, was allegedly detained by the Department of Homeland Security a year ago for attempting to…

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Maine Governor Paul LePage Wants Children to Work to Boost Economy

Maine’s Governor Paul LePage wowed the audience at the 73rd annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show by advocating to bring back child labor. The Tea Party politician urged the trade…

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Violence Erupts in Cambodia After Labor Disputes Take Deadly Turn

Photo by Heng Smith for the Associated Press At least four people were killed outside Phnom Penh on Friday after police fired on protestors demanding higher wages for Cambodia’s…

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Lead-Tainted Accessories Abound at Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, Wet Seal

Years after signing a legal settlement limiting the concentrations of heavy metals in their products, popular mall-based clothing chains, including Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, and Wet…

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U.S. Government Allegedly Buys Clothing From Overseas Sweatshops

Photo by Meridith Kohut for the New York Times When it comes to procuring clothing overseas, the United States government is “flouting its own advice,” the New York Times…

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Deadly Fire That Killed 7 at Garment Factory in Italy Had Barred Windows

Photos by Gianni Cipriano for the New York Times A deadly blaze in a sweat shop in Prato on the outskirts of Florence has left seven Chinese immigrant workers dead- and flared up racial…

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Newly "Plant-Based" Beyoncé Wears Fur to Lunch at a Vegan Restaurant

Here’s the point, and there’s Beyoncé missing it. After committing to a 22-day “completely vegan” diet with her husband, rap mogul Jay-Z, the pop megastar was…

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Fire Guts Key Bangladesh Garment Facility as Factory Owners Dispute Walmart's "Loan"

Photo by A.M. Ahad for Associated Press A massive fire ripped through a nine-story garment factory in Bangladesh after a group of angry workers torched the facility over rumors of a…

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GRAPHIC: Shocking PETA Video Shows Fur Ripped From Angora Rabbits

Photo by Shutterstock Investigators at PETA China have just released bone-chilling footage of workers violently ripping rabbit fur from the animals bodies as they scream in pain, to…

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Your Feminine-Care Products Might Be Trying to Kill You, Says Study

Photo by Shutterstock The Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) have issued a new report that uncovers potentially dangerous chemicals in common feminine products. The Chem Fatale report…

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Indonesian Spa Claims "Python Massage" Boosts Metabolism With Fear

SNAKES IN A SPA Pythons, which vary in length from 23 inches to a whopping 33 feet, are part of a group of snakes known as constrictors. Instead of poisoning their prey with venom,…

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Fire at Bangladesh Garment Factory Kills At Least 10 People, Injures 50

Photo by Munir Uz Zaman for Getty Images A fire Tuesday night at a garment factory outside Bangladesh’s capital has killed at least 10 people, according to local officials. Fire…

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Factory That Produces for Gap Accused of "Grueling Forced Labor"

Gap is “cheating the poorest workers in the world,”, according to the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. In a report published Thursday, the Pittsburgh-based…

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90 Percent of Australia's Fashion Retailers Are Profiting From Child Labor

Photo by Lizette Potgieter/Shutterstock The first Australian Fashion Report was launched this week by Baptist World Aid in order to assess the practices of 40 companies owning 128…

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