British department store Harvey Nichols has finally confirmed that it will stop selling fur by the end of 2023. The decision comes after an investigation into Chinese fur farms by the Humane Society International/UK. Harvey Nichols confirmed the news in a statement to The Mirror when they were asked if the store would continue to sell fur products following the investigation from HSI.
“As part of our ongoing review of these practices and continued sustainability initiatives, Harvey Nichols confirms that it will phase out the sale of fur or fur-trimmed products both online and in stores, to be completely fur-free by the end of 2023.”
Responding to the news, Claire Bass, senior director of campaigns and public affairs at Humane Society International/UK, said,
“Harvey Nichols going fur free is an iconic moment in our campaign for a Fur Free Britain. This world famous British department store has come to the inevitable conclusion that so-called ‘ethical fur’ simply doesn’t exist and fur farming flies in the face of any credible notion of sustainability. Harvey Nichols’ compassionate stance now leaves the handful of remaining retailers that continue to sell fur looking increasingly isolated.”
HSI reported that Harvey Nichols previously introduced a fur ban in 2004 but then started selling fur products again in 2013. As of December 2022, Harvey Nichols was selling fur products from several brands, including Yves Solomon, CP Company, Canada Goose, and Moncler. nada Goose and Moncler have both confirmed that they will phase out fur from their designs, with Canada Goose saying they would stop manufacturing fur at the end of 2022 and Moncler stating their last collection using fur will be later this year.
HSI/UK wrote to Harvey Nichols last year, laying out the many ways that animals on fur farms are treated and how that is incompatible with the company’s Animal Sourcing Policy. Their Animal Sourcing Policy states a commitment to the ethical treatment of animals, including ensuring freedom from fear, pain, distress, and injury. After seeing HSI/UKs investigation, it was clear fur was not meeting their policy.
Much like our food, it’s easy for many to forget where their clothes come from. Animals are far too often exploited and misused in the fashion industry. When fashion literally kills, it’s time for us to begin educating ourselves and the public about how animals are exploited in the fashion industry and what we can do to change the horrifying realities.
There are so many great alternatives to all of these materials that don’t require anyone to lose their life. Check out apple leather, fur alternatives, and lab-grown leather.
Many companies have either stopped selling or are committed to phasing out the use of animal skins and furs in their products. Kering Group has begun investing in lab-grown cow-free leather, Moda Operandi banned fur and exotic skins thanks to a PETA letter, and Armani announced they will ban Angora wool. Check out these 10 brands that have droppped fur, wool, and exotic skins in the past year.
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