Longtime PETA Target Julien Macdonald Apologizes for Fur Use

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A bouquet of flowers and a box of vegan chocolates are on their way to one of PETA’s former foes, fashion designer to the stars Julien Macdonald—who has styled celebrities from Gigi Hadid to Jennifer Lopez—after he apologized on Monday for his past penchant for fur. He told Reuters, “As a young designer I did use a lot of fur and do you know what, I think you should perhaps try not to. … It was my mistake. I was young. I am sorry. . . . You do not need to kill animals to wear nice clothes.”


The apology from the former fur fan is music to PETA’s ears. We’ve been protesting Macdonald’s use of animal pelts for years, including storming the runway of one of his shows at London’s Natural History Museum in 2005 and pelting him with flour at London Fashion Week a year later, where attendees gasped audibly and P!nk stood up to applaud the anti-fur stunt.

Longtime PETA friend and supporter Pamela Anderson was equally impressed with Macdonald’s apology. After politely declining to attend one of his fur-filled shows in 2007, the Baywatch beauty is celebrating the designer’s bold decision to condemn fur publicly.

It’s taken nearly 20 years, but Macdonald has finally seen that there’s nothing fashionable about beating, electrocuting, or skinning animals alive for coats and cuffs. His move to drop fur is right on trend, as more designers than ever are going fur-free after hearing from PETA.

Macdonald joins a growing list of top designers who have condemned fur, including Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, and Hannah Weiland of Shrimps.

You Can Kick Fur to the Curb, Too!

Macdonald made the compassionate decision to denounce fur, and you can, too. Click the button below to pledge to be fur-free. By signing the pledge and encouraging your friends and family to do so as well, you’ll be sending a powerful message not only to the fur industry but also to designers, retailers, and others who directly profit from the suffering caused by this cruel industry.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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