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Push Michael Kors To Go Fur Free

Written by PETA | May 18, 2007

Designer and Project Runway star Michael Kors recently pacified representatives from the Humane Society of the US by agreeing to stop using raccoon dog fur in his clothing lines. Unfortunately, Kors is turning a blind eye to the suffering of the countless other animals he still uses for their fur. It won’t result in fewer animals dying—just different animals dying. This “pledge” to not use the fur from just one species completely ignores the simple fact that millions of other animals, including foxes (also members of the canine family), are beaten, strangled, anally or genitally electrocuted and skinned alive for their fur. I’m sorry, but this step just isn’t enough, especially given that so many top designers—including Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Betsey Johnson, Marc Bouwer, Rebecca Taylor, and Kenneth Cole, to name just a few—are totally fur-free.

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As you probably know, we are all about rewarding companies for taking incremental steps forward. This, however, is not a step forward. Fur is the one issue where there is no middle ground, and the reality here is that this will do absolutely nothing to stop animal suffering overall. Michael Kors’ PR director confirmed to us yesterday that the “MICHAEL” Michael Kors label may in fact still include the fur from other species (as will all other Kors labels).

Well, we’re not willing to take the scraps that Michael Kors is throwing out. It is the year 2007 and it is high time that Kors stops using all fur for good. Please help convince him that there is simply no excuse for using any fur at all by taking action here.

And here is the letter PETA prez Ingrid Newkirk fired off to Kors yesterday.

Dear Mr. Kors:

The bone that you tossed to The Humane Society about dropping raccoon dog and raccoon fur may have pacified Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle, but it leaves a bad taste in our mouths. As you know, there’s not a lick of difference between beating and skinning live raccoon dogs and doing the same to foxes, who are also members of the canidae family. The rest of the animal protection community knows that when it comes to feeling the pain of being beaten, strangled, genitally electrocuted, and skinned alive, a raccoon is a coyote is a fox is a mink.

To PETA, it isn’t whether or not the animal looks like a raccoon or barks like a dog—suffering is suffering. Foxes, too, have central nervous systems, as do the minks who have their necks broken for your “coffee mink tunic dress.”

Having met with your team twice—including your head designer—and shown them a video that reveals the horrific suffering endured by animals used for fur, we are sure this must not have trickled down to you. I urge you to take five minutes to watch this exposé of the fur trade, which is narrated by Martha Stewart, who had a change of heart herself about fur. I think it might help you understand why removing fur from one fur-bearing animal in your collections and replacing it with another is totally unacceptable.

Top designers including Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Betsey Johnson, Marc Bouwer, Rebecca Taylor, and Kenneth Cole have all chosen to take a compassionate stand and rid their lines of fur—or have never used fur at all. We call on you now to do the same.

Sincerely,

Ingrid E. Newkirk
President
PETA

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  • Kerry says:

    MK is so so disgusting! And COACH. i wont touch the stuff, i used ot be ignorant to this and would buy his perfume. BUt not a chance in hell would i even throw a penny in his direction. Wake up Designers, you are causing ridiculous amounts of suffering to living breathing beings. Its sick sick sick!!!!

  • Celeste says:

    What a coward! I wont kill this animal but these others can die. PLEASE. I will not watch project runway until he goes fur free. I will tell everyone I know what michael is all about. LOSER!!!!!!!

  • love4animals says:

    He is despicable he is responsible for the nurder of beautiful. innocent animals. HOW does he live with his disgusting self? I will never understand people like him never.

  • autum says:

    i thought kors was pretty cool on the show but now that i kno this i will never buy anything from him or watch project runway until they find someone else

  • kelly says:

    Michael Kors why do you think that women want to look like fat housewives from the ’50s? That’s the fur image

  • Maya says:

    Ginelle good idea. Also a good idea write to the show’s sponsors. They fund the show. Maybe PETA can give us a list. Remember what happened to Don Imus after the CBS sponsors pulled out? This one is easy if Project Runway loses money then MK will feel the heat.

  • E.W. says:

    Just watch the footage and listen to your heart… thank you.

  • MARY LEARN says:

    Please go fur free. In today’s market fur is not needed we are more beautiful without it and the animals need it more than us. To wear fur one wears the blood of the animal that has died. Please let’s get more humane and be beautiful and smart in what we wear.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter says:

    Great letter Ingrid… Mr. Kors I can’t even imagine how much blood you must have on your hands. How do you sleep at night? Sleeping pills I’m sure. Please do the right and compassionate thing and stop using fur altogether. Fur is a horrific practice and I think we are so above that well most of us are. I would simply love to buy something from your line but I can’t……. Judith The Buddhist

  • Ginelle says:

    Who would have thought such a chubby cheeked 60 year old cherub could be so cruel? I totally loved him on Project Runway but I’m over him now. I’m writing Bravo a letter telling them to replace him on the show.

  • silent tongue says:

    i hope so much that michael kors shall soon stop every kind of fur design for the animals and for his own honour!

  • kris shulfer says:

    hey kors get with the times get a backbone and watch the video know what you promote

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