In defense of animals is delighted to announce that leading fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana has pledged to ban animal fur and angora from all future collections. The fashion house has confirmed its ethical commitment at In defense of animals today. In defense of animals has campaigned to end the fur trade since the 1980s and helped create the world’s longest running animal protection protest, known as Fur Free Friday. More than 9,000 supporters have signed In defense of animals latest alert urging Dolce & Gabbana to ban fur.
“Fur and angora cause extreme cruelty to animals, and we appreciate Dolce & Gabbana’s efforts to start the compassionate trend,” said Fleur Dawes, communications director for In defense of animals. “Clothing and accessories must not harm animals. We urge all designers to follow suit by abandoning all fabrics made from animal fur and animal skin.
The fashion industry kills around 100 million animals for fur every year, including around 2 million dogs and cats.
Fur clothing and accessories are the product of immense suffering and cruelty. Fur-bearing animals, including mink, foxes, raccoons, and rabbits, among other species, are confined in dirty, cramped cages for long periods of time. Terrified animals are deprived of space, socialization and everything they need to thrive in the wild. They can be bludgeoned, gassed or electrocuted vaginally or anally. Secret footage of fur farms showed they could even be skinned alive.
Still more animals are trapped in the wild, where they suffer in snares and traps until they die of starvation or dehydration or the trappers return to slaughter them.
The fur-free movement is sweeping the fashion industry as demand for compassionately-made garments continues to soar. Mega-retailers that no longer sell fur include Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordström, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth AvenueH&M and many more. Canada GooseGucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Moncler have all pledged to eliminate fur from their designs.
Fur bans have been enacted in San Francisco, West Hollywood and Los Angeles in recent years. In 2019, In defense of animals and its allies celebrated an unprecedented victory when California became the first state in the country to ban the sale of furs and fur trapping.
“We wholeheartedly celebrate Dolce & Gabbana’s decision to eliminate animal fur and angora from its designs. Consumers have said it very clearly: fur is cruel, old-fashioned and ugly,” said Julie Massa, Fur campaign manager for In defense of animals.
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In defense of animals is an international animal welfare organization based in Marin, California, with more than 250,000 supporters and a 39-year history of fighting for animals, people and the environment through education and campaigning, as well as practical rescue facilities in India, South Korea, and rural Mississippi. www.idausa.org/fur