PETA Uncorks the Bubbly as Saks Sacks Fur

For Immediate Release:
April 7, 2021

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

New York – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in response to the announcement that Saks Fifth Avenue is going fur-free:

After determined campaigning by PETA and grassroots activists and messages from more than 100,000 people, Saks Fifth Avenue has announced that it will close its fur salons this fiscal year and that no fur of any kind, from wild animals or factory fur farms, will be sold by the end of fiscal year 2022. May its “fur salons” rest in pieces, for they won’t be missed by today’s shoppers, who no longer find it acceptable to drape themselves in an abused animal’s stolen skin.

PETA members Rob Banks and Rachel Levy Ejsmont led the charge against Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, and grassroots activists organized additional protests outside the retailer’s locations in Beverly Hills, California; Miami; and San Francisco.

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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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind