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Victory! Nike and Cole Haan Ban Exotic Skins

Written by PETA | February 25, 2010

After reading PETA’s news release announcing that footwear giant Nike has banned exotic skins, I had to pinch myself to make sure that I wasn’t dreaming. I’m not, and neither are you. According to a newly revised policy, Nike and its upscale affiliate Cole Haan will stop selling skins from alligators, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, ostriches, fish, and marine mammals.

This fabulous decision was made after the footwear giants were sent PETA Asia’s undercover video footage, which details the gruesome, intense suffering that the exotic-skins industry inflicts on animals. We asked Nike to “just do it.” And it did!

Nike is the world’s leading shoe manufacturer. Its 2009 sales topped $19 billion, and it operates in more than 160 countries, with approximately 675 Nike-owned retail stores operating worldwide. Cole Haan stores operate in Canada, Japan, and 25 U.S. states. Nike and Cole Haan are world leaders in trendy footwear, and now they’ve joined H&M and as trendsetters for animals.

After you kick up your cruelty-free heels, please take a moment to thank the companies for their compassionate decision.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • kathia says:

    Thanks ! Would feel great to buy Nike products from now.

  • Filipe Jorge says:

    Now I know why I prefer to by Nike instend of other brands. Thank you Nike

  • Wendy says:

    Fantastic News I thanked them both via email.

  • Irina Brener says:

    There is no word to express my happiness for Nike and Cole Haan and gratitude to PETA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish there wwere much much much more victories like this one and people finally realize what kind of undeserved suffering and pain are behind that unnecessary piece of wardrobe! BRAVISSIMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeri Kracz says:

    Thank you so much for your show of compassion to animals.

  • arda says:

    A little victory yeah but they will continue to use leather and slaves children to make their stuff… I boycott Nike and i m proud of this choice. Go vegan !

  • Silvia Siniscalchi says:

    Finally good news!

  • Mauricio says:

    I wrote NIKE already..and last but not least..thank you so much PETA!!..and that’s why i’m so proud to be a part of your organization!!!

  • Carol says:

    Very good news for exotic animals two more companies to add to my “buy from these companies” list..

  • Misty says:

    Thank You Nike.That was a great decision.

  • Alexander K. says:

    Fantastic! Fantastic news!!! Thank you Peta! Bravo on your decision Nike! As I always say it is never too late to end this! Wonderful news!

  • atir sveska says:

    thank you for your evolution in conciousness. maybe your decision will start a trend.

  • Rad_Rosa89 says:

    Amazingly awesome!!

  • Diana says:

    Thank u guys!!!!!!! Now will be nice for Kenneth Cole Michael Kors……. the list is long to do the same!!!!

  • Andre Inglis says:

    This is so AWESOME Woohoo!!! Thank you Nike! What a great decision to make. Nike you have definately scored this time!

  • Bronwyn Herdt says:

    Fantastic! This is great to hear… I’ve always thought of NIKE as a decent company with integrity especially being based in Oregon. Glad they made a great decision!

  • Artur says:

    congrats to Nike! and also Peta obviously.

  • Karen says:

    I am proud of your companies for making this decision. You did the right thing. I am a business woman and even in the current economy will never sacrifice my own integrity to make a buck…especially at another’s suffering. Someone needs to make a stand for the animals that are abused…they feel pain too…but have no chance if we don’t put a stop to these who are abusing what has been put on this earth for us. All for a buck? Greed is what ruins this earth…Thank you again. Sincerely…

  • Karen Young says:

    Thank you thank you thank you so much!!!

  • Laura Feeney says:

    GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!