Why fur still exists in our so-called civilised society will continue to baffle me. Given that we don't have any need for fur and that synthetic materials are readily available, why do some people insist on the slaughter of animals for their skin?
One institution currently facing the heat from activists is London Fashion week and a petition has been launched to try and discourage the use of fur in th designs.
In the past few days, the petition has picked up steam, and at the time of writing it has over 75,000 signatures. It reads,
Every year the fur industry is responsible for the death of 1 billion rabbits and 50 million other animals - including foxes, minks, dogs, cats, racoons, chinchillas, seals and many more. Most of these animals are raised in fur farms, intensive facilities where the animals are kept in tiny cages and confined to a life of misery. These farms can hold thousands of animals and are designed to specifically maximise profits. These animals go insane performing psychotic repetitive behaviours such as circling endlessly in their cage as well as cannibalism and self-mutilation.
The most common methods of killing animals in fur farms is anal electrocution, gassing, poisoning or stomping on the animals and breaking their necks. These are all done to try and preserve the quality of the fur.In the year 2000 fur farming was banned in the UK due to the horrific nature of these practices but fur can still be legally imported into this country. Why is it that London Fashion Week finds it morally justifiable to still provide a platform for fur and profit off the exploitation of an industry that was outlawed in the UK 17 years ago?
Many brands like Armani, Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, The Kooples, Vivienne Westwood and more have rejected fur, but London Fashion Week continues to provide the largest platform for fur in the UK. Fashion shows dictate what will be seen on the high street, and the more normalised fur is, the more likely it is to turn up on our shelves.
Many people have been voicing their opinions on social media too.
You can sign the petition here - let's hope that the organisers and designers will finally take a stand.
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