Top fashion designers’ letter to PM calls for ban on UK fur sales


Leading British designers together with Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Shrimps founder Hannah Weiland have co-signed a letter to the prime minister demanding a ban on sales of actual fur within the UK.

If profitable, Britain would turn out to be the primary nation on this planet to take away actual fur from its store flooring.

McCartney stated: “Fur has no place in any compassionate society and today its use is unnecessary and inexcusable. Plainly, fur is immoral, cruel and barbaric”.

The letter was despatched to Boris Johnson’s workplace on Thursday night time, and descriptions the designers’ skill to make garments “without being complicit in the suffering caused by the fur trade”. Johnson has but to acknowledge the letter. A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) stated it will “respond in due course”.

According to the designers, there’s “dwindling” curiosity in fur merchandise on the UK high-street. “The sale of fur is simply not aligned with the ethical trajectory of the vast majority of retailers, designers and businesses that make up the British fashion retail industry,” the letter says. According to a report by the Humane Society International, which co-signed the letter, nearly three quarters of the British public would help a UK ban on the import and sale of animal fur.

“It does surprise me when brands still make the active decision to work with real fur, especially when there are such good faux alternatives out there” says Weiland, whose fake fur coats have turn out to be signature items at her label, Shrimps.

The authorities has been beneath elevated strain to impose a ban on fur since leaving the EU. Last September, plans have been outlined by Defra wherein the UK would possibly contemplate an outright ban on fur sales after Brexit. Currently, 80% of animal welfare laws comes from EU legislation and with the UK leaving the one market, it has the chance to unilaterally ban fur sales. Defra added: “Now our future relationship with the EU has been established we have an opportunity to consider further steps we can take in relation to fur sales.”

The UK turned the primary nation in Europe to ban fur farming within the 12 months 2000 beneath Tony Blair’s authorities. Since then, many British fashion manufacturers together with Burberry, Victoria Beckham and McCartney’s have banned its use inside their very own manufacturing processes – even with out laws. Weiland provides: “I think the fashion industry has the most power in terms of making policy change”.


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