What do Georgio Armani, Gucci, Michael Kors, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, and Calvin Klein all have in common? They have all abandoned the use of fur! Whether they chose to remove fur from their lines because it is falling out of favor, or like Donatella Versace, have realized that it’s just not right to kill an animal for the sake of fashion, these trend-setting fashion houses are changing the game for animals.
Among the brands yet to forgo real fur is Dolce & Gabbana. As a petition encouraging Dolce & Gabbana to ditch fur points out, a recent PETA exposé on mink fur, which is commonly used in their clothing, showed the horrific cruelty involved. New footage recorded in a fur farm shows minks kept in the most disturbing conditions – cramped in small dirty cages, with wire flooring cutting into their feet, surrounded by excrement, filth, and maggots. These appalling conditions often lead to fights breaking out among the terrified and abused animals, fights that often lead to injury and death.
Fashion houses create the image of ultimate luxury that can only be reached and enjoyed through their high-class product. The reality of fur farms, however, is one that could make the concept of glamour topple to the ground.
“Versace is a massively influential luxury brand that symbolizes excess and glamour, and so its decision to stop using fur shows that compassionate fashion has never been more on trend,” said Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International’s UK arm. Hopefully, this trend will now continue.
Click here to sign a petition urging Dolce & Gabbana to go fur-free and auction off its remaining fur items with proceeds going to animal rights organizations!
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