After PETA Pressure, Designer Joins Hundreds of Top Brands in Banning Fur
For Immediate Release:
November 18, 2019
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
New York – Following PETA’s efforts to persuade Rebecca Minkoff to stop using fur, the New York–based designer has just confirmed to the group that her collections are now fur-free. In thanks, PETA has sent the company—whose designs are sold in top department stores, online, and in its 15 stores worldwide—a box of delicious vegan bunny-shaped chocolates.
“Today’s kind shoppers have no interest in buying fur coats—or even coats with collars or cuffs made of tormented animals’ fur,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is toasting Rebecca Minkoff’s compassionate decision to join the growing legion of fur-free designers—and urging the few remaining pelt peddlers to do the same or get left in the dust.”
Most animals killed for fur spend their entire lives inside cramped cages, where they frantically pace back and forth, gnaw on the bars, and mutilate themselves. Animals trapped in the wild can suffer for days before dying of blood loss, frostbite, gangrene, or attacks by predators. Those who aren’t dead when the trappers return are typically shot, stomped on, or bludgeoned to death.
Hundreds of top designers and retailers, including Burberry, Chanel, Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Michael Kors, Prada, and Versace, have banned fur. After decades of pressure from PETA, Macy’s banned the material last month—and PETA continues to campaign against Canada Goose for its use of fur trim.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.