Karl Lagerfeld, Andrew Marc, and Others Ban Fur After PETA Appeal

Companies Nab Bunny-Shaped Vegan Chocolates in Thanks for Compassionate Decisions

For Immediate Release:
December 19, 2019

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

New York

Following decades of pressure and protests from PETA and its affiliates, the Karl Lagerfeld brand—whose namesake founder defended the gruesome killing of animals for their skin—has banned fur. AM Retail Group (which operates Wilsons Leather, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, and other brands) and its parent company, G-III Apparel Group (whose brands include Andrew Marc), have also banned fur.  

“PETA applauds these companies for their compassionate and business-savvy decisions, which show that fur is out and kindness is in,'” says PETA Senior Director Anne Brainard. “Ethical shoppers simply don’t want animals to be abused and killed for coats, collars, or cuffs, and these fur bans are proof that the fashion industry is changing to meet the rising demand for luxurious, animal-friendly alternatives.”  

Most animals used by the cruel fur industry spend their entire lives inside cramped cages, where they frantically pace back and forth, gnaw on the bars, and mutilate themselves. Others are caught in steel-jaw traps—which slam shut on their legs, often cutting down to the bone, causing excruciating pain and blood loss. Some attempt to chew off their own limbs to escape. If trapped animals don’t die from blood loss, infection, or attacks from other animals, trappers strangle, shoot, or stomp them to death. 

Karl Lagerfeld, AM Retail Group, and G-III Apparel Group join hundreds of other top designers and retailers—including, most recently, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s as well as Burberry, Chanel, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Versace—in going fur-free.  

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldviewis sending the companies bunny-shaped vegan chocolates in thanks for their compassionate decisions. 

For more information, please visit PETA.org. 

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