VIDEO CAUTION - GRAPHIC IMAGES:Top fashion models, such as Naomi Campbell, who do not get out of bed for less than a £10,000 daily fee at one time pledged they would never wear fur and would rather go naked. But 400 of the world's up-market designers are using animal pelts for fashion on the cat-walks of London, Paris, Milan and New York, dressing high paid models in furs costing five figure sums. The UK fur market has more than doubled with Britain's leading fur retailer, Hockley, increasing sales by 44% in its London store over the past ten years. Mulberry, Gucci, Fendi and others are stocking winter collections. London is now the fastest growing market in Europe and sales in Asia are booming at £3.7 billion per year. World sales in fur reached £10.3 billion last year. Goods made in China using cat fur, raccoon dog fur, rabbit fur and mink are on sale labelled as 'synthetic fabric'. We are being conned into animal cruelty. Many of these animals are skinned alive in China.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals state that 1 billion rabbits and 2 million cats and dogs are killed each year for fur, many for toys, and whilst some are gassed, beaten or electrocuted, some are skinned alive. More than one billion animals are slaughtered for the global leather industry every year, most have not led comfortable lives.
Not just because fur exploits animals should it be avoided. Fur is treated chemically and those who are ecologically minded should avoid it. In the UK, Topshop, Selfridges, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols and All Saints have a strict 'no fur' policy and designers, Stella McCartney. Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Vivienne Westwood all refuse to work with animal pelts as there are so many options available for serviceable and enjoyable fashion fabrics. Article: Wendy Stokes (information from Metro Newspaper, May 22, 2013)
The sad plight of many species used for unnecessary fashion is given here: http://www.animalaid.org.uk/images/pdf/factfiles/fur.pdf