A Victory That’s Been in the Works Since the ’80s: Neiman Marcus Goes Fur-Free!

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

Still on a high from Canada Goose’s fur-free announcement less than a week ago, PETA’s now wiping the sweat off our brow after hearing that Neiman Marcus Group (NMG) will also finally ban fur from its stores (including Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman). And it’s all thanks to persistent grassroots activists like you who protested vigorously over the years to pressure NMG into joining the fur-free revolution.

By nixing fur, NMG will prevent many thousands of animals from being electrocuted, gassed, and beaten to death. Our campaign to pressure the company to stop selling fur started decades ago, when PETA President and professional agitator Ingrid Newkirk was arrested in 1986 at a sit-in protest:

Neiman Marcus sit-in fur demo

Ingrid Newkirk locks arms with fellow protesters while blocking the door to Neiman Marcus (otherwise known as “Neiman Carcass”) during a 1986 winter fur sale.

Since then, hundreds of major designers and retailers have enacted fur bans and dozens of localities—including an entire country—have enacted bans on selling fur or farming animals for it. Clearly, no one wants to be caught dead in the cruelly derived material, which is why we’re sure NMG will move more quickly to end fur sales than its stated end goal.


Huge thanks to all the grassroots activists who protested over the years and helped to achieve this major win for animals! Now, let’s persuade the fur industry’s last few remaining members to unsubscribe from peddling pelts stolen from tormented animals:

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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