New year, new fashion season – and for conscientious companies, new policies that put animals first!
New Look and Forever 21 have both just introduced bans on angora after having been contacted by PETA and our international affiliates. “We have ceased future production of all products containing angora”, New Look said in a media statement, while Forever 21 made a similar commitment. This excellent news means that no rabbits will be caged, violently mistreated or killed on Chinese farms for any of their clothing or accessories.
Many of the UK’s biggest … Read more.
Congratulations to Alice Lambert-Gorwyn, the winner of our design-a-shoe competition with ethical footwear company Beyond Skin.
Alice’s glamorous design was chosen by our celebrity judge, Laura Whitmore, from a shortlist of carefully thought-out entries. Laura described the proposed shoe as “slick and sophisticated”.
Alice, a fourth-year fashion design student at the University of Leeds, is delighted to be starting off her career on a cruelty-free footing. “I am extremely passionate about animal welfare”, she told us. “I am a vegetarian and have recently made the decision to stop buying leather. … Read more.
Danny Cipriani is the first-ever rugby player to star in PETA’s iconic “Ink, Not Mink” ad series! The Sale Sharks’ fly-half shows off his tattoos, his chiselled physique and his respect for animals in order to raise awareness of the cruel fur industry.
Danny’s new ad, which was shot by top photographer Trevor Leighton, highlights the growing trend among celebrities and athletes to speak out against stolen skins. As Danny says, “The rugby pitch is known for being a tough environment, but it’s nothing compared to what some animals go through when … Read more.
Awesome news: ASOS has become the first company not only to halt angora production, but also to stop selling all angora products on its website, including those from third-party brands.
After discussions with PETA, seeing our shocking video about how angora rabbits are tortured for their fur, and grasping the strength of consumer sentiment against this unethical fabric, ASOS has taken decisive action by refusing to profit from its sale, both now and in all future collections. The online retailer already had a strict policy in place against selling items … Read more.
Topshop and Primark!
First, it was Swedish retailers H&M, Acne and others. Then, New Look and Esprit followed suit. Now, after meeting with us and hearing from many concerned customers, Topshop has also told its suppliers to stop sourcing products containing angora while it investigates alternatives. Shortly afterwards, Primark made a similar announcement. Hooray!
Topshop has worked with PETA before by pledging to keep fur and exotic skins out of its collections. Today, the company has also delivered good news for rabbits who suffer tremendously when the fur … Read more.
She’s been called the “Sexiest Woman in the UK” and is always making headlines, but today Helen Flanagan took some time to help PETA highlight how every coat, collar and cuff made of animal fur is a product of immense animal suffering.
Helen caused a scene in London, where she braved the December chill, posing as a sexy Santa next to the Covent Garden Christmas tree and encouraging shoppers to leave fur off their holiday wish lists.
“Fur is cruel and gruesome, and it belongs squarely in Christmas’ past”, said Helen. “With … Read more.
Sheep are a familiar sight in the British countryside. But how much do you really know about these gentle, good-natured animals? The following 10 facts about the personalities, intelligence and skills of rams, lambs and ewes might surprise you:
1. Sheep have extremely good memories. They can remember approximately 50 individuals (sheep and humans!) for years at a time.
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2. Sheep have been shown to display and recognise emotion by facial expressions with other sheep. Some are noticeable from their ears.
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Further people-powered progress in the campaign against the cruel production of angora wool – global fashion brands New Look and Esprit have suspended angora production over animal-welfare concerns.
In a statement, New Look said: “[W]e have taken action and put our angora production on immediate hold”. Likewise, Esprit said: “As long as the industry lacks credible certification and proof that it complies with according policies on animal welfare, Esprit imposes a ban on Angora wool”.
Angora, which is used to make gloves, sweaters, hats and scarves, comes from the fur of long-haired … Read more.
MTV Europe host Laura Whitmore is the celebrity judge for our ethical shoe design competition with vegan brand Beyond Skin! The bubbly Irish beauty and style icon will be casting her expert eye over the shortlisted entries and deciding which ones are hot or not.
She explains why she chose to get on board with the trend toward vegan shoes:
I truly believe that the future of fashion lies in sustainable, cruelty-free materials, and companies like Beyond Skin and organisations like PETA are leading the way in creating awareness. I hope
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Yesterday, in a move that genuinely put animal welfare first, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled that the EU ban on the import of seal fur and other products because of “moral concerns” is legal.
The WTO was not impressed by Canada’s far-fetched claim that the commercial seal slaughter can somehow be humane, meaning that Canada’s desperate attempt to revive the archaic and cruel practice of bludgeoning baby seals to death may have finally died. This victory comes on the heels of pleas from tens of thousands of PETA supporters and letters … Read more.