The fashion industry is going fur-free and it is about time! Animal welfare organizations have exposed the cruelty in the fur trade industry and designers can no longer turn a blind eye.
Millions of foxes, minks and rabbits are gruesomely killed every year for their fur. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recently posted, “Animals on fur-farms, most commonly foxes and minks, are treated as objects, left to rot away in hard wire cages with painful, debilitating illnesses and injuries until they’re killed. These animals experience zero stimulation, companionship or ability to live naturally.”
Macy’s, Inc., parent company of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, is joining the long list of designers and the state of California in banning fur. The company agreed to ditch fur in all their stores by the end of 2020. Macy’s is the largest department store in the United States with 900 stores in 44 states. This is a major victory for animals!
Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc said in a statement, “Over the past two years, we have been closely following consumer and brand trends, listening to our customers, and researching alternatives to fur. We’ve listened to our colleagues…and we have met regularly on this topic with the Humane Society of the United States and other NGOs. Macy’s private brands are already fur free, so expanding this practice to across all Macy’s, Inc. is the natural next step.”
He went on to say, “We are proud to partner with the Humane Society of the United States in our commitment to ending the sale of fur. We remain committed to providing great fashion and value to our customers, and we will continue to offer high-quality and fashionable faux fur alternatives.”
Thankfully, the fur-free trend is spreading around the world. Many other countries have banned or are in the process of banning fur. “Globally, more than a dozen European countries, including the United Kingdom, Austria, the Czech Republic, Norway and the Netherlands have also passed laws to restrict the cruel fur trade,” stated HSUS.
President of HSUS, Kitty Block said, “This announcement is consistent with the views of countless consumers in the marketplace, and other retailers should follow. With so many designers, major cities and now a state taking a stand against the sale of fur, we’re that much closer to ending this unnecessary and inhumane practice.”
Currently, The Humane Society International is petitioning for the UK to ban fur sales. Hopefully, many other retailers and states will join the fur-free movement.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.