The Sullivan Family of Companies Ditches Products Made From Skins of Tortured Animals
For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2016
Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Honolulu – After learning from PETA how animals are electrocuted, bludgeoned, and skinned alive for their fur, the Sullivan Family of Companies has pledged no longer to buy fur products for its more than 65 locations of apparel stores and gift shops in luxury hotels—such as Lamont’s at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York and Accents at Four Seasons hotels across the U.S. The Honolulu-based company has followed the lead of hundreds of other retailers and designers that have committed to not selling fur—including Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Nicole Miller, Vivienne Westwood, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney, and Ralph Lauren.
“The Sullivan Family of Companies made the right call by ditching fur because people do not want gifts made from terrified, tortured animals,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on all retailers that still carry the coats of animals who were skinned alive to join their more forward-thinking peers in realizing that fur is dead.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—notes that animals on fur farms are confined for their entire lives to cramped and filthy wire cages without access to food or clean water. In China—the world’s leading exporter of fur—millions of dogs and cats are beaten, hanged, and frequently skinned alive for their fur, which is often mislabeled to conceal its origins. When fur is obtained by trapping, wild animals caught in traps attempt to chew off their limbs to escape and—if not killed by blood loss, infection, or gangrene—are strangled, battered, or stomped to death.