Gillian Anderson to Call On Michael Kors, Versace, and Jimmy Choo to Ban Exotic Skins

For Immediate Release:
August 2, 2022

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

London – Emmy Award winner Gillian Anderson will urge Capri Holdings—owner of Michael Kors, Versace, and Jimmy Choo—to join Chanel, Burberry, and HUGO BOSS and stop selling cruel exotic skins, at its annual meeting tomorrow.

PETA U.S., which is a company shareholder, will ask this question on behalf of the actor: “From Texas to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Vietnam, and Indonesia, PETA entities have exposed extreme cruelty to animals exploited in the global exotic-skins industry. When will Capri Holdings act to help stop this egregious abuse by joining its peers and ending its sourcing of exotic skins?”

PETA U.S. has released several exposés of the exotic-skins industry, showing alligators being kept in fetid water inside dank, dark sheds before their necks are hacked open and metal rods are shoved into their heads in an attempt to scramble their brains, often while they’re fully conscious, and snakes being beaten with hammers, cut open from one end to the other with razor blades, and skinned alive.

Nine out of 10 Gen Z consumers—who, together with millennials, boast $352 billion in spending power—say that companies should show environmental and social consciousness in their business practices. Forward-thinking companies are meeting the growing demand for sustainable, animal-friendly products by offering vegan leather options made from pineapples, mushrooms, apples, cacti, and more.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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