Eight of Britain’s prime fur-free style designers—together with Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Katharine Hamnett, and Helen Moore—and luxurious style division retailer Selfridges are calling on United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson to make the UK the primary nation on the earth to ban fur gross sales. The designers not too long ago despatched a letter to Prime Minister Johnson in assist of Human Society Worldwide’s Fur Free Britain marketing campaign.
“Vogue, pushed by shoppers and enabled by innovation, is evolving to make animal fur out of date, as an increasing number of luxurious style designers and excessive avenue retailers remove it from their collections. Our fur-free insurance policies are knowledgeable by the beliefs and expectations of the vast majority of UK shoppers, who reject animal fur on moral grounds,” the letter states. “We’re proud to assist the rising fur-free motion as we all know that almost all of British shoppers need style objects with out fur. We acknowledge and welcome Humane Society Worldwide’s #FurFreeBritain marketing campaign.”
Final month, 50 British celebrities—together with Queen guitarist Brian Could, comic Ricky Gervais, legendary actress Dame Judi Dench, and vegan musician Leona Lewis—despatched a letter to Prime Minister Johnson with the identical calls for and in assist of the Fur Free Britain marketing campaign.
Fur gross sales proceed
Whereas fur farming has been unlawful within the UK since 2003, the federal government has not carried out a gross sales ban on the fabric, which suggests the nation nonetheless imports and sells fur from different international locations, together with Finland, China, France, and Poland, the place animals undergo depressing lives on fur farms, and from North America, the place animals comparable to coyotes are additionally cruelly trapped within the wild utilizing leg-hold traps banned within the UK. In accordance with Humane Society Worldwide, greater than 100 million animals are killed for his or her fur yearly worldwide, together with mink, fox, raccoon canine, chinchilla, and rabbit—that is the same as three animals dying each second, only for fur.
The downfall of fur farming
For the reason that COVID-19 pandemic took over the world in 2020, the COVID-19 virus has been discovered on greater than 420 mink fur farms throughout 11 international locations, resulting in mass culls of mink in a number of international locations. This reveals that mink fur farms act as reservoirs for coronaviruses, incubating pathogens which can be transmissible to people. Humane Society Worldwide factors out that that is one other compelling motive to ban fur farming and gross sales.
Fur farming has been banned and/or is within the technique of being phased out in Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Croatia, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Most not too long ago, the federal government in Hungary declared a ban on the farming of animals for fur, together with mink and foxes; France dedicated to part out mink farms by 2025; and the Irish authorities made a dedication to deliver ahead laws this yr. Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, and Ukraine are additionally contemplating bans on fur farming, and in Finland, the bulk social gathering of the coalition authorities simply introduced its assist for a ban on fur farms.
Stateside, California grew to become the primary state to ban fur gross sales in 2019 following comparable bans in cities together with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, and West Hollywood. Legislators in Rhode Island, Oregon, Connecticut, Hawaii, New York, and Massachusetts, have launched fur gross sales ban proposals, and a invoice launched in Washington State would ban the manufacturing of fur.
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