Burberry Bans Exotic Skins

For Immediate Release:
May 18, 2022

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

New York – Following the news that Burberry has banned exotic skins from its collections, please find a comment below from PETA UK Vice President Mimi Bekhechi:

During Burberry’s annual meeting last year, PETA UK asked when it would make good on its commitment to be ‘a force for good in the world’ by banning exotic skins, and we’re delighted that after years of pressure from PETA entities around the world, that day is today!

A growing list of designers – including Calvin Klein, Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Jil Sander, Mulberry, and Vivienne Westwood – is realizing that there is nothing chic about an industry in which alligators are hacked open, pythons are inflated with air compressors, and lizards are decapitated for garments and accessories. The few irresponsible outliers still using exotics, such as Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and Gucci, are not just profiting from the exploitation and slaughter of animals but also playing Russian roulette with public health, given that experts – including the United Nations and the World Health Organization – have warned that the next pandemic could well come from the fashion industry. The future of fashion is vegan, and those failing to embrace that will be hung out to dry, like yesterday’s laundry.

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