Imagine that on the day you were born someone else had already planned your entire future and the day of your execution …
Just because you were born to the ” wrong ” species.
This is how humans decided about the fate of other animals
And that’s called species fascism
The question becomes: can we affect a measurable change if we do not cooperate with the caste of slave owners, animal exploiters and abusers?
The obligation is to affect an effective strike against species fascism.
And the only way to achive that is to go vegan.
This is the only way.
One of the world’s largest luxury fashion companies, Kering Group, is ditching fur for good: citing ethical and ‘modernity’ reasons.
Kering is the parent company of Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Balenciaga.
Additionally, Bottega Veneta, Boucheron, Girard-Perregaux, Qeelin, Pomellato, Ulysse Nardin, Brioni, and more.
Most of Kering’s brands had already dropped fur from their collections. Now, Yves Saint Laurent and Brioni have followed suit.
This means the entire fashion conglomerate is now fur-free.
‘The right thing to do’
Kering, which brought in €13.1 billion of revenue last year, started going fur-free back in 2017. This is when Gucci, which was founded 100 years ago, stopped using fur.
François-Henri Pinault is the chairman and CEO of Kering. He said in a statement sent to Plant Based News: “Going entirely fur free is just the right thing to do. We do it out of conviction, for the sake of ethics and modernity.”
In a separate statement, Pinault explained:
“For many years, Kering has sought to take the lead in sustainability, guided by a vision of luxury that is inseparable from the very highest environmental and social values and standards. When it comes to animal welfare, our Group has always demonstrated its willingness to improve practices within its own supply chain and the luxury sector in general.”
“The time has now come to take a further step forward by ending the use of fur in all our collections. The world has changed, along with our clients, and luxury naturally needs to adapt to that,” he added.
‘A new era’
PJ Smith, Director of Fashion Policy at the Humane Society of the United States(HSUS), commended the move.
HSUS worked with Gucci in 2017 to announce its fur-free policy.
“Kering is synonymous with luxury fashion, and with this announcement, it marks a new era for what is considered luxury to now include what is socially responsible, ethical and innovative,” Smith said. “We hope the rest of the fashion industry will take notice choosing compassion and innovation over an outdated idea of luxury.”
Starting from the Fall 2022 collections, none of the Kering’s houses will use fur.
However, the group’s brands still produce items with wool and leather.
The company says the production of these materials will be monitored under its set of animal welfare standards, which it published in 2019.
And I mean…Leather is just skin without fur, so the next step must be leather-free.
Even so, this decision is another blow to the fur industry and makes us happy.
They call it ethical & humane choices, but in reality they’re only going fur-free because of pressure
May not have happened if fur farms weren’t closed due to the COVID outbreak in mink farms.
They realized that sourcing fur from intensive animal husbandry is risky and therefore not a stable investment.
All the same! the result counts! And the result saves millions of animals from torture and murder.
It is still a positive move forward and with it the list of fur-free fashion houses is getting longer and longer
Wildlife campaigner Dominic Dyer has called for ministers to suspend the £580m post-Brexit agreement that the government agreed with the Faroe Islands in 2019 “until the slaughter ends for good”.
More than 21,000 people have signed a petition on the government website backing the plea in three days.
The government told The Independent it is “extremely concerned about the sustainability and welfare implications for the animals involved in these hunts” but that it would not review the trade deal.
Instead, it says it will “continue to engage in a frank and respectful dialogue” with the government of the Faroes.
Zac Goldsmith, the minister for animal welfare, tweeted of the dolphin killings: “This is one of the most sickening spectacles I’ve ever seen. It shames our species.”
Known as the “Grindadrap”, the annual hunt involves herding whales and dolphins on to a beach where they are knifed to death as their blood turns the sea red.
The practice has been branded “barbaric”, “sick” and “sadistic” but those who defend it say it is a tradition that does not risk driving the animals into extinction.
Mr Dyer said: “We are currently granting the Faroe Islands a preferential trade agreement worth over £500m a year – it’s time for sanctions to stop this barbarism.”
The deal accounts for more than 25 per cent of the Faroes’ global trade, he said, with exports from the islands – mostly fish sold in British supermarkets – worth £582m a year.
UK exports to the islands amount to £34m, said Mr Dyer, whose petition reads: “If the UK is to be considered a world leader in the protection of marine mammals, it must use this leverage now.”
When asked by The Independent whether it would agree to suspend or review the deal, the Department for International Trade said it had no plans to do so.
A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) said: “The UK is strongly opposed to the hunting of any cetaceans and continues to call on all whaling nations, including the Faroe Islands, at every appropriate opportunity to cease their whaling activities in favour of well-managed, responsible tourism, such as whale-watching.
“We recognise there is a long tradition in the Faroe Islands of killing pilot whales and dolphins for meat and other products, and we wish to continue our frank conversations relating to cetacean conservation, to encourage them to stop these hunts.”
Government policy is to “maintain diplomatic pressure” on the islands to end the hunts and re-engage with the International Whaling Commission.
Boris Johnson’s wife, Carrie, and his father, Stanley, have previously joined campaigns against whaling outside the Japanese embassy in London.
We tried 30 years ago to make this an issue in England, and to bring it to peoples attention.
When was this ? – around 1991 probably. Joanne; Mark (WAV) and Trevor (at front) campaign outside an English local supermarket buying produce from the Faroe Islands – responsible for the whale slaughter (see picture below).
As an Englishman, I am sickened to the core that our limp wristed, gutless government are not making this a big issue in the trade deal currently in progress. It simply shows that money talks louder than anything else, and governments (in this case the British government) are happy to look the other way and ignore the killing of over 1,400 marine animals in the last week. God knows how many since we were on the streets – too many, and something should have been done about this decades ago.