VICTORY: Nordstrom Bans Fur and Exotic Skins!

Published by Katherine Sullivan.

After decades of massive pressure from PETA and activists, Nordstrom has announced that it will stop selling fur and exotic skins!

PETA’s campaign urging Nordstrom to go fur-free dates back to the 1980s, when it became a major target for Fur-Free Friday. The company dropped fur from its own line in 2006 but continued to sell fur items from other brands, including Canada Goose’s fur-lined jackets.

We met with its executives, we shared exposés, we protested, we pushed the company to stop selling fur after revealing horrific treatment of animals on Russian fur farms (a country where fur sold at Nordstrom comes from), and more 100,000 of you wrote in … and it all paid off!

The company’s decision to drop exotic skins follows PETA investigations exposing the cruelty behind every alligator-skin watch and snakeskin purse and moves by many major designers, including Calvin Klein and Chanel, to stop using such materials.

The ban will affect Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and Last Chance stores as well as Nordstrom’s e-commerce sites and will prevent countless minks, foxes, and other animals from being beaten, cut up, and killed.

Fun Animal Facts

Just like the cat companions many of us share our homes and hearts with, minks—the most commonly farmed fur-bearing animals—make a purring sound when they’re content.

In nature, snakes—who are killed by humans for their skin—are shy and secretive, and they don’t go picking fights or bite out of malice, as they’re not aggressive or territorial. They only strike in order to eat or defend themselves.

Alligators—who are skinned alive to make “luxury” bags—are “chatty.” Despite not having vocal chords, these resourceful animals communicate using a range of bellows, growls, hisses, roars, and even a cough-like sound called a “chumpf.”

Share this article on Twitter to thank Nordstrom for doing right by animals who are mutilated and killed for their fur and skin—and to urge the company to ban the use of all animal-derived materials, too:

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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