Progress for animals! Luxury fashion house Michael Kors has announced they are GOING FUR-FREE! The use of fur will be phased out entirely by December 2018, and the new policy applies companywide, meaning even the Jimmy Choo brand will have to comply. This victory for animals comes thanks to the help of the Humane Society of the United States, which has worked with many large fashion houses and high-street retailers to eliminate fur.

Michael Kors points to technological advancements in the fabrication of faux fur, noting it is just as stylish and functional as real fur. The company plans to showcase their new cruelty-free fabrics this coming February at a runway show.

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“This decision marks a new chapter as our company continues to evolve its use of innovative materials,” said John D. Idol, Michael Kors Chairman and CEO.

This is great news considering an estimated one billion animals are bred, raised, and killed on fur farms every year for their pelts. In addition to breeding animals for fur inside of farms, fur purveyors catch wild animals in traps for their pelts. Some of the animals destined for fur coats, boot linings, and other fashion accessories include raccoon dogs, rabbits, foxes, mink, chinchillas, dogs, cats and more.

Michael Kors is joining several other high-end fashion labels in the fur-free movement, including Calvin Klein, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, HUGO BOSS, Armani, Vivienne Westwood, and Tommy Hilfiger. Although this is a huge step in the right direction toward a brighter, more humane future for fashion, we hope Michael Kors and other fashion labels take the lead from brands like Stella McCartney, which is an all-vegan brand, and ditch other animal-derived products like leather and wool as well.

To learn more about some other awesome cruelty-free fashion brands, check this out. And remember to share this victory with your fashion-forward friends and family!

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