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Fashion legend Jean Paul Gaultier recently announced his decision to go fur-free in all future collections. Harper's Bazaar reports, “The fashion legend said that the way in which animals are killed for their fur for fashion was ‘absolutely deplorable.’”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is thrilled by the decision and released a statement on November 11 saying, “The news comes after decades of pressure from PETA. Over the years, we’ve sent numerous letters and pleas asking Jean Paul Gaultier to ditch fur. In 2002, a member of the organization was thrown out of the designer’s Fashion Week show after causing a runway ruckus with her antifur message. In 2006, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, Senior Vice President Dan Mathews, and other activists were arrested after occupying Gaultier’s Paris boutique.”
Jean Paul Gaultier is joining other iconic fur-free fashion houses, such as Gucci, Versace, Burberry, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney.
Many animal rights groups see this as another sign of a change in the times. More and more fashion designers are seeing the cruelty behind the fur trade and choosing to ban it from their collections.
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