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May 07, 2018 - GruntVegan


Burberry to remove 'real' fur from catwalk, but still uses wool, down and animal skins

Burberry to remove 'real' fur from catwalk, but still uses wool, down and animal skins

Burberry has confirmed to The Times that there "wasn’t any real fur in Burberry’s September 2017 or February 2018 runway collections" and that it is “reviewing” all other fur products, with a view to ending their use. 

"For Burberry, the catwalk is to become fur-free — and all its other clothes may soon follow as it becomes the latest high-fashion firm yielding to pressure from animal rights campaigners."

The company has not, however announced any plans to stop using wool, animal skins or down in its products. In fact on their "responsibility" page, they try to justify the use welfare tactics to justify their use of these animal products. 

For wool they use arguments like "from suppliers that are governed by the highest welfare animal standards".

For exotic skins they state they "will never knowingly source raw materials if there have been any concerns over animal welfare and we actively engage welfare experts to ensure good husbandry of animals in our supply chain".

And for down they argue that it is acceptable because "Burberry does not permit the use of hair that is plucked from live animals or from farms where there is any concern that there has been unacceptable treatment of animals." 

Claire Bass, Executive Director of the Humane Society International in a statement shared by Harper's Bazaar UK, said that "Burberry is famous for being a royal fashion favorite so Meghan Markle, who is well-known for disliking fur, joining the family is sure to have made the quintessentially British brand look twice at its fur policy".

Other global fashion firms have moved to abandon fur, such as Versace, Gucci and Net-a-Porter, the online fashion retailer.

For fashion firms worldwide, pressure has been growing, not only from animal activists but also from everyday consumers, and designers who are increasingly seeing fur as morally wrong, not to mention cruel. 

In March, Donatella Versace, the chief designer at Versace — once renowned for its lavish use of fur — told The Economist’s 1843 magazine: “I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion.”

Hopefully wool, leather and down follow suit. The time is now.


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