Skip to content

England’s ceremonial mayors eschew fur to support animal rights

July 27, 2013
by

Warning, extremely graphic

Source theguardian
By

Animal fur may remain fashionable on catwalks, but lord mayors and other senior council figures in England have been happy to eschew haute couture by dropping its use or going faux.

A check in the wardrobes of civic leaders has revealed eight do not have robes with fur, five use clothing with synthethic fur, and other authorities are reviewing their practice.

The survey of 23 lord mayors was carried out by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), which is still awaiting answers from some, including Roger Gifford of London.

Peta’s associate director Mimi Bekhechi said: “It’s important that public figures set a positive example, and by saying no to fur, these mayors have made it clear that animals deserve respect.

“Animals raised for fur suffer every day of their lives before they endure a painful and terrifying death.”

The office of the lord mayor of Plymouth, Vivien Pengelly, said she had two sets of robes. “The black and gold robes, which are used for major civic or ceremonial events do not have any fur. The red robes are due to be refurbished and will be embellished with a fake fur band”.

Officials in York said: “We are in possession of a number of older ceremonial robes worn by the sheriff of York and honorary aldermen, which do have some very old fur trim. However, the sheriff’s robe is due to go for refurbishment, and the fur trim will be replaced with a synthetic fur, as is our policy.

“In addition, last year we acquired a new ceremonial cap of maintenance which is worn by our sword bearer … This was a brand new commission and was made with synthetic fur. Any future purchases and refurbishment of old robes and ceremonial wear will continue in this way, as we support animal rights fully.”

In Hull, the lord mayor’s red robe is trimmed only with gold braid, Peta was told, but six older red robes worn rarely by other senior council members were trimmed by fur. “We are unable to replace these at the present time as we have no funds available, but if and when we do, will certainly consider using faux fur,” a council official said.

The survey came after the mayor of Wrexham, David Bithell, neither a “lord” nor in England, abandoned his gown with muskrat after being questioned by a Peta supporter.

Peta said most Britons opposed real fur. “So strong is our moral objection to cruelly killing animals for their skin that parliament passed an act banning fur-farming more than a decade ago. If council leaders wear fur-trimmed robes, it not only goes against British values but also diminishes the meaning of the ban.”

Some designers, such as Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, do not use fur but the British Fur Trade Association (BFTA) said 400 worldwide did. “Those who include fur, which is over 75% of all major fashion brands, do so because it enhances their business.” Such designers were “more than satisfied” by the welfare standards of the industry.

BFTA’s members trade more than £1bn worth of animal fur a year, including with China, Hong Kong, Russia, and other EU countries, while UK retail fur sales have increased by 30% year on year. Global sales for 2011-2012 totaled US $15.6bn (£10.2bn), according to the International Fur Trade Federation.

What you can do: don’t buy fur and always question faux fur as well.


Fur-Free Retailers, Designers, and Brands

Abercrombie & Fitch
Adolfo Dominguez logo, Consumers for a Fur-Free Society
aerie (American Eagle Outfitters)
aerie f.i.t. (American Eagle Outfitters)
Aéropostale
Alber Nipon (Jones Apparel Group)
Alloy (Delia’s, Inc.)
Amanda Pearl
AK Anne Klein (Jones Apparel Group)
American Apparel logo, Consumers for a Fur-Free Society
American Eagle Outfitters
Analog Outerwear (Burton Snowboards)
Ann Taylor
Anne Klein New York (Jones Apparel Group)
Anthropologie
Apple Bottoms by Nelly
Ashley Paige
Ashley Watson
Athleta (The Gap, Inc.)
Axcess (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)
Axis (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Axist (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)

Bahar Shahpar
Banana Republic (The Gap, Inc.)
Bandolino (Jones Apparel Group)
Bandolinoblu (Jones Apparel Group)
Baracuta
Bealls
Belstaff
Benetton
Benjamin Cho
Betsey Johnson
Billabong
Black Label (Polo by Ralph Lauren)
Blue Label (Polo by Ralph Lauren)
Bongo (Kenneth Cole)
Boston Proper
Burton Snowboards

C & C California (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Caché
Callaway Golf (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein Collection (Calvin Klein)
Calvin Klein Jeans (Calvin Klein)
Carhartt
Catherines
CCS (Delia’s, Inc.)
Champs Sports (Foot Locker, Inc.)
Chaps (Polo by Ralph Lauren)
Charlotte Ronson
Charlotte Russe
Cherry Berry
Chico’s
ck Calvin Klein (Calvin Klein)
Claiborne by John Bartlett (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)
Club Monaco (Polo by Ralph Lauren)
Coldwater Creek
Coldwater Creek’s Sport Catalog (Coldwater Creek)
Cole Haan (Nike)
Columbia Sportswear Company
Concepts by Claiborne (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)
Converse, Inc. (Nike)
Cri de Coeur
Cubavera

Daffy’s
Dana Buchman (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)
Del Forte Denim
Delia’s
DKNY Active (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)
DKNY Jeans (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)
DKNY Men (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)
Dockers (Levi’s)
Dollhouse
Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs logo, Consumers for a Fur-Free Society
Diesel (Black Gold, Denim, Diesel Kid, Diesel Lifestyle)
Dress Barn
Duckie Brown

Eastbay (Foot Locker, Inc.)
Easy Spirit (Jones Apparel Group)
Ecoganik
Ed Hardy
edc by esprit (Esprit)
Eddie Bauer
Edun
Eileen Fisher
Element (Billabong)
Ella Moss
Elliot Gant (Gant)
Energie (Jones Apparel Group)
Energie (Sixty SpA)
Enzo Angiolini (Jones Apparel Group)
Erika (Jones Apparel Group)
Esprit logo, Consumers for a Fur-Free Society
Evan-Picone (Jones Apparel Group)
Express (Limited Brands)

Farah
Fashion Bug
Foot Locker
Footaction (Foot Locker, Inc.)
Forever 21
Free People (Urban Outfitters)

G by Guess (Guess?, Inc.)
G.N.H. (Gant)
G-lish Fashions
Gant
Gary Harvey Eco
Girl Star (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
GLO Jeans (Jones Apparel Group)
Gloria Vanderbilt (Jones Apparel Group)
Goody’s
GoLite (Timberland)
Gotcha (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Grand Slam (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Grane (Jones Apparel Group)
Guess?

H&M logo, Consumers for a Fur-Free Society
Hard Tail
Helly Hansen logo, Consumers for a Fur-Free Society
Henri Bendel (Limited Brands)
Hilfiger Denim (Tommy Hilfinger)
Hilfiger Sport (Tommy Hilfinger)
Hollister Co. (Abercrombie & Fitch)
Honolua Surf Co. (Billabong)
howies (Timberland)
HSN (Home Shopping Network)
Hurley International LLC (Nike)

Imitation by Imitation of Christ
iPath (Timberland)
Iron Fist

J. Crew
J. Jill (The Talbots, Inc.)
Jag (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Jantzen (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Jay McCarroll
Jeanstar (Jones Apparel Group)
JCPenney
Jimmy’Z (Aéropostale)
Joan & David (Jones Apparel Group)
John Bartlett
John Henry (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
John Varvatos
Jones Apparel Group
Jones New York Collection (Jones Apparel Group)
Jones New York Dress (Jones Apparel Group)
Jones New York Signature (Jones Apparel Group)
Jones New York Sport (Jones Apparel Group)
Juicy Couture (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)

Karen Walker
Kasper (Jones Apparel Group)

Kate Spade (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)
Katharine Hamnett
Kenneth Cole
Kenneth Cole New York (Kenneth Cole)
Kenneth Cole Reaction (Kenneth Cole)
Kensie (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)
Kensiegirl (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)
Kids Foot Locker (Foot Locker, Inc.)
Killah
Killer Loop (Benetton)
Kustom (Billabong)

l.e.i. (Jones Apparel Group)
La Senza (Limited Brands)
Lacoste
Lady Foot Locker (Foot Locker, Inc.)
Lands’ End
Lane Bryant
Lara Miller
Lauren by Ralph Lauren (Polo by Ralph Lauren)
Lauren Conrad Collection
Leanne Marshall
Levi’s
Le Suit (Jones Apparel Group)
Lilla P
Limited Brands
Linda Loudermilk
Liz & Co. (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)
Liz Claiborne New York (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)
Loyale Clothing
Lucky Brand (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)

Mac & Jac (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)
Madewell (J.Crew)
Malan Breton
MANGO SELLS FUR AGAIN | 2010
Manhattan (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Marmot
Marc Bouwer
Marciano (Guess?, Inc.)
Martin + Osa (American Eagle Outfitters)
Matt and Nat
Maurices (Dress Barn)
MCD (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Mexx (Liz Claiborne, Inc.)
Mion footwear (Timberland)
Miss Sixty
Mondo di Marco (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Montrail Footwear (Columbia Sportswear Company)
Mountain Hardwear (Columbia Sportswear Company)
Munsingwear (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Murphy & Nye

Nanette Lepore
Natural Issue (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
NatureVsFuture
Nautica
New York & Company
Nicole Miller
Nicole Miller Ltd.
Nike
Nike Swim (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Nine West (Jones Apparel Group)
Nixon (Billabong)
Northcountry catalog (Coldwater Creek)
NSF Clothing

Oakley
Old Navy (The Gap, Inc.)
Olsen Haus
Organic by John Partrick
Original Penguin by Munsingwear (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Overstock.com

Pacific Trail (Columbia Sportswear Company)
Palais Royal
Palmers Surf (Billabong)
Pappagallo (Jones Apparel Group)
Patagonia
Paul Frank
Payless ShoeSource
Peebles
Perry Ellis America (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Perry Ellis International, Inc.
Perry Ellis Portfolio (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
PGA Tour (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Piperlime (The Gap, Inc.)
Playlife (Benetton)
Polo by Ralph Lauren
Polo Jeans Co. (Polo by Ralph Lauren)
prAna
Pro Player (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)

Ralph Lauren (Polo by Ralph Lauren)
Ralph Lauren Purple Label (Polo by Ralph Lauren)
Raphael
Rebecca Beeson
Rebecca Taylor
Redsand (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
RefrigiWare
Richlu
RL Childrenswear (Polo by Ralph Lauren)
RLX (Polo by Ralph Lauren)
Ro & Co.
RRL (Polo by Ralph Lauren)
Rugby (Polo by Ralph Lauren)
Rugger (Gant)
Ryann Ryann’s

Savane (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Scapegoat (prAna)
Sheila Frank
Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. (Levi’s)
Sisley (Benetton)
Sixty SpA
Sorel (Columbia Sportswear Company)
Spirit (Coldwater Creek)
Splendid
Stage
Stella McCartney
Steve Madden
Stewart + Brown
Suede
Sworn Virgins

Talbots
The Andira Rain Tee Collection
The Gap
The Havanera Co. (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
The Limited
The North Face
Three Dots
Tigerlily (Billabong)
Timberland
Timberland PRO (Timberland)
Todd Oldham
Tommy Hilfiger
Topshop (mainly U.K.-based; one NYC store) logo, Consumers for a Fur-Free Society
Tribeca (Kenneth Cole)
Tricots St. (Perry Ellis International, Inc.)
Trovata
True Religion

Umbro Ltd. (Nike)
Undercolors (Benetton)
Uniqlo
United Colors of Benetton (Benetton)
Unlisted (Kenneth Cole)
Urban Outfitters

Vans
Vaute Couture Victoria Bartlett/VPL
Victoria’s Secret (Limited Brands)
Von Zipper (Billabong)

Wet Seal
Weatherproof Garment Company
William Rast

Xcel (Billabong)
XCVI

Zappos.com
Zara

Indicates a company that has committed in writing to be fur-free through the international “Consumers for a Fur Free Society” program. We encourage companies on our list to take the next step and put their commitment in writing through this program, and proudly display the fur-free fox logo on their door.



Order a FREE vegan kit: http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/free-vegetarian-starter-kit.aspx

Want to do more than go vegan? Help others to do so! Click on the below for nominal, or no, fees to vegan literature that you can use to convince others that veganism is the only compassionate route to being an animal friend.

Vegan Outreach has a suggested donation: http://www.veganoutreach.org/catalog/index.html

PETA: http://www.petacatalog.com/catalog/Literature-39-1.html

Action for Animals has a very low price : http://store.afa-online.org/home.php?cat=284



fur belongs on whom it was born,
not by the vain and frivolous,
worn!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


5 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    July 27, 2013 10:59 am

    fur belongs on whom it was born,
    not by the vain and frivolous,
    worn!

    Like

    • July 27, 2013 11:02 am

      I’ve always loved this one! (And I love your beautiful picture!)

      Like

      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        July 27, 2013 11:19 am

        thank you sweet Stacey ♥

        Like

  2. July 27, 2013 12:09 pm

    Reblogged this on Vegan Lynx.

    Like

  3. LINDABADHM permalink
    July 28, 2013 4:12 am

    ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIC TO KILL ANIMALS FOR THEIR GOD GIVEN COATS. SHOULD BE BANNED WORLD WIDE AND IN THE HISTORY BOOKS. IN YEARS TO COME THE PEOPLE WILL NEVER BELIEVE THAT THE WORLD WAS SO CRUEL AND EVIL !! EVOLVE !

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Jet Eliot

Travel and Wildlife Adventures

Organic Opinion

Finding it, aye there's the rub~

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

Here and now, with all of it.

Eat No Harm

Living consciously for our planet, the animals, and ourselves.

Flawless Pandemonium

Question everything~

Veganism is Nonviolence

Being Vegan Is A First Step To A Nonviolent Life

The Biotrotter

The Globetrotting Biologists

Sophie's Foodie Files

Mostly healthy tasty colorful cooking & gardening with Sophie's twist!

Let Me Reach with Kim Saeed

Narcissistic Abuse Support | Maintaining No Contact | Heal Grow Evolve

Steal This Meme

humans' vegan past & future. SHIRIN - Subvert Human Irrationalities, Rediscover Innate Nature

Gillian Prew // poetry

for the earth and the animals

Nepali Today

Coffee break Photo Blogs Base In Tokyo, Japan.

veganomics

making the link between our food, our health, our society, our environment and our economy

Friendly Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales and Poetry Celebrating Magic and Nature for Kids of all Ages

Arcilla y fuego

Una visión sobre el complejo y apasionante mundo de la cerámica

Gotta Find a Home

Conversations with Street People

%d bloggers like this: