Move Follows Talks With PETA and Protests by the Animal Defense League Southern California
For Immediate Release:
December 30, 2020
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – Following discussions with PETA, Monique Lhuillier—whose ready-to-wear and bridal designs are sold online, in department stores, and in flagship stores in West Hollywood, Costa Mesa, and New York—has banned fur and removed it from its website. In thanks, PETA has sent the company a box of delicious bunny-shaped vegan chocolates.
Monique Lhuillier’s decision follows a robust campaign by the Animal Defense League Southern California, which began protesting outside the company’s Los Angeles store on Fur-Free Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
“By joining the hundreds of top designers and retailers that refuse to sell fur, Monique Lhuillier is helping PETA prove that the future of fashion is vegan,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Smart and compassionate retailers are abandoning animal fur in favor of the luxurious, animal-free fabrics that today’s ethical shoppers want.”
PETA notes that most animals used for fur spend their entire lives inside cramped cages, where they frantically pace back and forth, gnaw on the bars, and mutilate themselves before they’re electrocuted, gassed, or poisoned. Those who are trapped in nature may suffer for days before trappers arrive to shoot, strangle, beat, or stomp them to death.
Fur farms have also become hotspots for COVID-19. Denmark has reportedly already killed millions of minks and is now seeking to kill all of them in the country—up to 17 million animals—after a new strain of the novel coronavirus was discovered there. The virus has also been found on fur farms in Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden as well as in Michigan, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Utah, where a wild mink recently tested positive. In addition to Denmark’s cull, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Spain are also killing minks on farms in order to stem the spread.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.