Fashion icon Twiggy has joined several other UK celebrities in support of Animal Defenders International’s (ADI) Fur Stop campaign. Their aim is to expose the cruelty of the fur trade and get real fur banned from British runways during Fashion Week.
Approximately 50 million animals are killed every year to make fur coats and other clothing. Though fur farming is banned in the UK, recent fashion trends have increased demand.
“Fur looks beautiful on animals, but very ugly on humans,” Twiggy said. “Fur is literally ripped off animals backs and it can take many animals to make just one coat. The UK prides itself as a nation of animal lovers, so I am asking London Fashion Week to make an ethical choice and reject real fur.”
Over 40% of the UK’s fur comes from Finland. ADI went there in an undercover mission to gather evidence of the cruel conditions on certified fur farms for their report entitled Bloody Harvest.
The investigators found: “animals with open and infected wounds; obvious signs of untreated infection; eyes infected or missing; tails bitten off; deformed and damaged legs; overgrowing gum disease resulting in difficulty eating and drinking; babies with legs stuck through the mesh floor of the cage; dilapidated and dangerous caging and facilities; widespread animal suffering and neglect; empty, dirty and broken water bowls.”
“I am so disappointed to see fur on catwalks at London Fashion Week,” said Chief Executive, Jan Creamer. “ADI investigations have revealed the horrific conditions endured by animals during fur farming, a practice which is banned in the UK. It is unacceptable for London Fashion Week to continue ignoring the suffering which is so callously paraded on its catwalks. It is high time for London Fashion Week to take responsibility and stop allowing designs made from animal fur.”
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