02/23/2007 at 06:15 PM EST
After helping popularize UGGs, Pamela Anderson is now boycotting the boots after learning they're made from real sheepskin.
"I'm getting rid of our Uggs," Anderson, 39, writes in her online diary
"I feel so guilty for that craze being started around Baywatch
days – I used to wear them with my red swimsuit to keep warm – never realizing that they were SKIN!"
It seems Anderson, 39, thought the boots' woolly lining was attached to a synthetic backing. In fact, the boots are made from sheepskin with the fur intact. "I thought they were shaved kindly," she writes.
"People like to tell me all the time that I started that trend – yikes!"
A longtime animal-rights activist, Anderson suggests starting a new trend. "Do NOT buy UGGs! Buy Stella McCartney or Juicy boots – I'm looking for alternatives myself for my boys and the men in my life! I'm designing some right now for my family and will try and have some available on my Web site soon."
Still, she admits that wearing UGGs was an easy option. "It's what I grab by my door in the mornings to bring my kids to school or walk my dog on the beach at 6 a.m. or anything early – I've definitely over used them – and that's it!!!!"
When reached for comment, an UGG spokesman told PEOPLE, "Sheepskin is a natural byproduct of the food industry. There is no animal abuse in our production." The spokesman also said that Anderson has spoken out against the company in the past.
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