Several of the leading British designers jointly signed a letter addressed to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, demanding a ban on the sale of real fur in the UK.
According to a report by The Guardian, designers include Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, and Hannah Weiland (founder of Shrimps), among others. “Skin has no place in any compassionate society and today its use is unnecessary and unforgivable. Clearly, skin is immoral, cruel and barbaric, “McCartney said in the report.
“It amazes me when brands still make the active decision to work with real fur, especially when there are such good imitation alternatives,” Weiland was quoted as saying.
“[We have a] We share the belief that fashion, driven by consumers and enabled by innovation, is evolving to make animals obsolete, as more and more luxury fashion designers and retailers remove it from their collections. Most UK consumers reject animal skins on ethical grounds, ”says the letter, cited by a harper’s bazaar report.
“If the UK became the first country to ban the sale of animal skins, it would surely only enhance its growing reputation as a global center for ethical innovation,” he continued. The Guardian He quotes another part of the letter that said: “The sale of fur is simply not aligned with the ethical trajectory of the vast majority of retailers, designers and companies that make up the British fashion retail industry.”
In 2000, the UK banned fur farming. However, the same report also added that Prime Minister Johnson has yet to respond. A spokesman for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) reported that his office “would respond in due course.”
In 2017, the fashion brand Gucci decided to stop wearing fur from its spring and summer 2018 collection.