INTERNATIONAL NEWS: FELINE FUR FOUND IN GERMAN RETAILERS
The popularity of fur has unfailingly remained in the fashion industry for centuries. But since the apex of the anti-fur revolution in the ’90s, the concern for animal slaughter for the sake of needless luxury is here to stay. Around 1994, supermodels Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and Elle Macpherson made a stance against fur with PETA‘s “I’d Rather Go Naked” campaign. Although designers and retailers were opting out of fur fashion for compassion, the crusade was hit another hostile encounter.
A couple of months ago, the news of bunnies used to create angora wares had retailers pulling fuzzy sweaters off the shelves. A German newspaper had recently reported that cat fur was being used to manufacture some of the country’s high-street brands. Animal’s Liberty, an accredited animal protection organization, tracked down the culprits. Tom Tailor and Müller, two German retailers, were selling hats and pom-poms that contained feline furs. The Tom Tailor clothing chain dealt with trades in Austria, Switzerland, and France. Using feline fur isn’t uncommon: from the majestic tiger to the cheetah, we’ve seen it all; but to resort to using the kittens in our home? This is not the first or last we’ve heard of the animal cruelty taken in account for these species. “The fur industry knows no limits,” stated the Animal’s Liberty organization.
According to the organization, the fur most likely came from fur factories in China. PETA placed China under the limelight when they leaked the filming of live angora rabbits stripped out of their skin for scarves and sweaters. Several major chains including H&M, Zara, and TopShop had all pulled angora products from their stock inventory ever since. In 2009, the European Union made it illegal to import fur from domestic animals. Even though retailers did remove fur off of shelves after the accusation turned out to be true, there was still a need for more liability and retribution for ethical fashion.
When the news came out, Müller issued a statement saying that they had immediately removed all cat fur items, while Tom Tailor stated “we deeply regret what has happened.” The confirmation of the two German high-street retailers selling feline fur came about on Christmas.