Those who were around in the 90s may remember the shocking exposé that revealed that Burlington Coat Factory (now called Burlington Stores) was selling dog and cat fur with false labels. It is safe to say that the company never made a full recovery from their tarnished reputation; that is until maybe now… The clothing company has announced they will be going fur-free beginning this Fall (November) 2017!
This decision is largely credited to the years-long pressure from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to make Burlington address the issues of the fur industry and rid their shelves of dog and cat fur. (HSUS’s hard work has led to the national ban on selling dog and cat fur.)
Animals used in the fur industry are treated mercilessly and routinely murdered inhumanely by way of painful electrocution and neck-breaking. Although Burlington has pledged not to sell fur, they will still be selling leather, wool, and other animal-derived materials.
Burlington is now a mainstream clothing company added to the long list of high-end designer brands, like Gucci, Armani, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren, who have gone fur-free. Although this is wonderful news, we hope clothing companies take a cue from designers like Stella McCartney, who is an all-vegan designer, and ditch other animal products like leather, wool, and shearling as well!
Remember to share this good news with your network as a reminder why fur belongs on animals, not people!
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