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· Gucci Drops Fur as Luxury Industry Responds to Animal-Rights Concerns
· HSUS: Gucci goes fur free
· Animal Rights Groups Launch Lobbying Support for Cosmetics Bill
· Animal rights, free speech groups sue over 'ag-gag' law
Gucci Drops Fur as Luxury Industry Responds to Animal-Rights Concerns
Kering brand to sell remaining fur items at charity auction
Luxury industry joins consumer giants in sustainability push
By Robert Williams, Bloomberg
October 12, 2017
Italian fashion house Gucci plans to drop animal fur from its collections, showing how concerns about responsible business practices that originated with the Birkenstock brigade have galvanized an industry known for its celebration of excess.
The Milan-based maker of $1,000 fur-lined slippers, part of French luxury conglomerate Kering, will sell its remaining fur items in a charity auction, the company said in a statement Thursday, citing the “deprivation and cruelty suffered by fur-bearing animals.”
The move, effective next spring, comes as high-end brands join consumer-goods giants like Unilever and Nestle SA in responding to growing ethical, environmental and social awareness among consumers, especially millennials. The luxury industry’s use of animal skins has become a touchstone of these concerns for protesters who have flocked to fashion shows around the world.
Gucci’s move to drop fur follows increased scrutiny of its behind-the-scenes practices, ranging from factory conditions to the treatment of runway models. Kering and Paris-based rival LVMH last month agreed to curb the use of ultraskinny and underage models.
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Gucci goes fur free
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Source: The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
October 11, 2017
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and LAV, along with the Fur Free Alliance (FFA), are pleased that the leading global fashion house Gucci has announced it will no longer use animal fur, beginning with its spring summer 2018 collection. Gucci’s President & CEO Marco Bizzarri announced the fur-free policy on Wednesday, October 11th during the 2017 Kering Talk at The London College of Fashion.
Gucci’s commitment follows a long-standing relationship with The HSUS and LAV—members of the international Fur Free Alliance, a coalition of more than 40 animal protection organizations working together to end the fur trade.
Gucci’s fur-free policy includes mink, coyote, raccoon dog, fox, rabbit, and karakul (otherwise known as Swakara, Persian lamb or astrakhan) and all others species specially bred or caught for fur.
The HSUS and LAV will continue to support Gucci in identifying and reducing its impact on animals and the environment.
The company joins many other leading fashion brands and retailers in going fur-free—including Armani, HUGO BOSS, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Stella McCartney and more—and will be part of the international Fur Free Retailer Program.
PJ Smith, senior manager of fashion policy for The HSUS, said: “Gucci’s decision is a game-changing moment in the fashion industry. We’ll look back at this moment, I predict, and see that this was the turning point when the business world turned away from fur and substituted cruelty-free garments in its place.”
Simone Pavesi, manager of animal free fashion for LAV, said: “Gucci's decision will radically change the future of fashion. Respect for animals is becoming more entrenched in people’s values and the great names of fashion are gradually implementing social responsibility policies to reflect that. As fashion becomes more and more ethical, supply chains that revolve around animals will be a thing of the past.”
Marco Bizzarri, Gucci’s President & CEO, said: “Being socially responsible is one of Gucci’s core values, and we will continue to strive to do better for the environment and animals. With the help of HSUS and LAV, Gucci is excited to take this next step and hopes it will help inspire innovation and raise awareness, changing the luxury fashion industry for the better.”
Joh Vinding, Chairman of Fur Free Alliance, said: “For decades animals in the fur industry has been subjected to intense cruelty, living their entire lives in miserable, filthy cages. Gucci’s new fur free policy marks a game-changer for the whole luxury fashion industry to follow. Gucci is taking a bold stand for animals, showing the world that the future of fashion is fur-free.”
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Animal Rights Groups Launch Lobbying Support for Cosmetics Bill
By Jon Gingerich, O'Dwyer's
Oct. 11, 2017
Animal protection and advocacy group Cruelty Free International has retained animal rights lobbyists Blue Marble Strategy for representation on animal and science issues in Washington.
Cruelty Free International is the world’s foremost organization dedicated to eradicating the worldwide practice of animal laboratory experiments. The London-based organization, which conducts undercover investigations exposing the conditions of life for animals in laboratories, was founded in 1898 by Irish writer and women’s suffrage leader Frances Power Cobbe.
CFI has retained Blue Marble to lobby in support of H.R. 2790, the “Humane Cosmetics Act,” which would prohibit animal testing for any cosmetic products in the U.S. after one year and prohibit the sale of all cosmetic products tested on animals within three years.
That bill was re-introduced in June by Reps. Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Don Beyer (D-VA) after failing to pass committee last year. It is now sponsored by Ed Royce (R-CA), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Paul D. Tonko (D-NY).
The use of animal testing to demonstrate the safety of products is not required by the Food and Drug Administration or the Product Safety Commission. The practice is already banned in Israel, India and every nation in the European Union.
The Animal Welfare Institute, The Humane Society and global beauty giant The Body Shop have all recently come out in public support of H.R. 2790.
Blue Marble Strategy is the nation’s first private government affairs and consulting firm dedicated to animal and environmental protection, as well as wildlife conservation. Agency founder...
Animal rights, free speech groups sue over 'ag-gag' law
Max Diekneite, Anchor/Reporter, KCCI Des Moines
Oct 11, 2017
DES MOINES, Iowa —
Animal rights and free speech organizations have sued the state of Iowa over legislation known as the “ag-gag” law, saying it’s unconstitutional.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Center for Food Safety and Public Justice filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Des Moines.
“They just want to come in and try to piece together something that doesn’t look good and put it in a bad light,” said farmer Dave Struther, former president of the Iowa Pork Association.
The lawsuit challenges a 2012 law that made it illegal to get a job at a livestock farm through misrepresentation to conduct an animal cruelty undercover investigation.
Karen McKilligan, along with her husband, develops nutritional products to keep animals healthy.
“What business would want someone with malicious intent or someone who is in direct opposition working in their business as a secret agent?” McKilligan said.
But the groups claim Iowa's law violates their constitutional free speech and equal protection rights.
“The state of Iowa should be ashamed for trying to keep secret the inhumane treatment of animals in slaughterhouses and factory farms,” said Jeff Kerr, general counsel to PETA.
“How important it is that people know where their food is coming from, how workers in our states are being treated, what environmental concerns there are?” said Veronica Fowler, communications director for the ACLU of Iowa. “Those are important things for people to know.”
Farmers argue the undercover practice is dishonest, but the ACLU argues, “you don’t even have to directly lie. You just don’t have to tell the whole truth.”
Struthers said the lawsuit is not about protecting animals but rather causing more hassles for farmers, primarily livestock producers...