Burberry Is Setting Fire to Items That Cost Animals Their Lives

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

We’ve known for a while now that Burberry sucks. While top designers such as Donatella VersaceDonna Karan, and John Galliano are ditching fur, Burberry has yet to renounce the animal-derived material. But just when we think the British fashion label couldn’t get any worse for animals, it proves us wrong. New reports claim that in the last five years alone, it has burned more than 90 million pounds of unsold items, including ones made with fur and other skins—an even more egregious waste.

You might be asking yourself, “Why would a company deliberately destroy its own products?” Brace yourself … Burberry’s justification is disgraceful—it’s to protect its product line. That’s right—if Burberry can’t sell its items, it has decided that no one can. Folks are understandably calling on the fashion company to scale back production—but we’re taking things a step further.

What Animals Have to Do With It

Regardless of the undeniable suffering experienced by animals killed for clothing, Burberry has yet to denounce fur and refuses to stop using wool, mohair, down feathers, leather, and exotic skins. Animals used and killed for their skins are raised in some of the worst conditions imaginable, and they endure horribly painful deaths. For example, animals killed for their fur are often anally electrocuted and drowned so as not to damage their fur.

Let’s be clear—if Burberry didn’t incinerate its products, that wouldn’t make the company’s continued use of animal skins acceptable. But the fact that folks aren’t even buying these products makes its executives’ rationale even more deplorable. Animals’ body parts are their own.

Burberry is literally setting fire to items that cost animals their lives.

Not to mention that the company is wasting resources and increasing its environmental footprint exponentially, since fur, leather, wool, cashmere, and other animal-derived materials don’t just cause animals to suffer needlessly—they pollute the planet. The company must shift its production practices—anything other than a “no waste, no animal suffering” policy is unacceptable.

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Vegan fashion is only gaining in popularity. Shoppers are becoming more conscientious and compassionate—they want ethical, animal-friendly options. Perhaps if Burberry eliminated cruelly obtained animal skins from its designs, there wouldn’t be 90 million pounds of unsold merchandise to burn.

Tell Burberry What’s Up

Burberry is stuck in the Dark Ages. Ditching animal skins, scaling back production, and adopting cruelty-free fashion alternatives are completely possible, yet the company refuses to comply. But you can make a difference—refuse to shop at Burberry until it starts showing concern for animal welfare and urge all your friends and family to do the same:

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind