Designers are coming together to fight for a #FurFree Britain. Designers Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Katharine Hamnett, and others, alongside popular department stores, have written an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urging him to ban fur sales, according to Humane Society International (HSI).
The designers’ letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson reads: “Fashion, driven by consumers and enabled by innovation, is evolving to make animal fur obsolete, as more and more luxury Fashion designers and high street retailers eliminate it from their collections. Our fur-free policies are informed by the beliefs and expectations of the majority of UK consumers, who reject animal fur on ethical grounds. We are proud to Support the growing fur-free movement as we know that the majority of British consumers want Fashion items without fur. We acknowledge and welcome Humane Society International’s #FurFreeBritain campaign.”
While fur farming was banned in Britain for being too cruel in 2003, according to HSI, the country still imports hundreds of millions of dollars of fur annually. Global Fashion labels have made the decision to go fur-free, including Armani, Hugo Boss, Prada Group (Prada, Miu Miu, Church’s), Burberry, Versace, Gucci, Chanel, Coach, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg, Columbia Sportswear, Farfetch, Net-a-Porter, Timberland, The North Face, Zara, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.
Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International/UK, said in an emailed statement, “By proudly flying the flag for fur free Fashion, these iconic British Fashion designers have their finger on the pulse. They refuse to put cruelty on the catwalk because they know there is nothing glamorous about mentally deprived foxes, anally electrocuted raccoon dogs, COVID-19 infected mink and wild trapped coyotes shot in the head. The vast majority of British consumers reject fur, and as the revolting cruelty of fur is exposed, a global decline in demand for fur Fashion has sent this industry into a downward spiral. Killing animals for Fashion does not reflect brand Britain, even her Majesty the Queen has stopped buying new fur. So it’s time for our government to consign the fur trade to the history books where it belongs and ban the sale of fur.”
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