Vivienne Westwood, former fashion designer for the Sex Pistols, among others, announced this week that she will no longer use fur in her designs. She made the annoucement via the Humane Society of the United States.
The Fashion Week Daily article states, “that she will no longer use any fur in her future clothing lines.”Â It also says, “Beginning next season, Westwood wonâ€™t source any fur from China, nor will she use rabbit, cat, or dog fur.”
I’m a little confused. If you aren’t going to use fur, of course you aren’t going to source it from China. And of course you won’t use dog fur. (She was using dog fur??)Â Article wording aside, it’s a good move on the designer’s part.
More than 50 million animals are killed every year for their fur.Â Recent investigations of the fur trade in China-the top exporter of fur garments to the United States-have exposed animals being skinned alive and dogs and cats killed by the millions.Â Furbearing animals in the United States are killed by techniques that include anal and genital electrocution, neck-breaking, and drowning. Â
“The HSUS applauds Jay McCarroll [of Project Runway] and other leading designers and retailers-such as Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Marc Bouwer, H&M, Zara and J.Crew-for pledging not to use real animal fur in their collections,” says Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO of HSUS. “These humane leaders in the fashion industry are making a real difference in animals’ lives.”Â