Versace will no longer use kangaroo leather in products, the fashion house announced. The decision was made by the house many months ago, but was announced in winter 2020, as bushfires continue in Australia. Estimates have found that almost a billion animals have died in the recent fires.

A spokesperson for the company told the Telegraph UK, “We can confirm that there will be a complete stop to the use of kangaroo leather.” Versace said that it would remove fur in clothes and accessories two years ago. Donatella Versace, the creative director announced the move, “I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right.” Read more about how harmful leather is and read about companies  making cruelty-free leather.

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Animal rights group LAV said in a statement, ” We welcome Versace’s announcement as a sign of responsibility, today more than ever: the fires that are devastating Australia, in fact, add up to the massacres of hunting, with dramatic consequences for the populations of kangaroos.” The Italy-based group told the Telegraph, “We hope it will help save an animal that is the symbol of Australia as it faces an unprecedented threat.”

Sign this petition asking Adidas to do the same and stop using kangaroo leather.

As the fires continue in Australia, celebrities including Chris Hemsworth and Kylie Jenner have stepped in to donate. You can help the fires in Australia by donating to these organizations:

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