Animal rights charity welcomes LFW fur ban

March 22, 2019 0 By HearthstoneYarns

The British Fashion Council confirmed last week that no animal fur would
be used at London Fashion Week this September, following a survey with its
members, as part of its Positive Fashion initiative, which aims to
celebrate industry best practice and encourage positive change.

The BFC stated in a press release that it “supports the creativity of
designers and keeps an open dialogue with the industry, from designers to
media, retailers, business leaders, government and global brands while
encouraging designers to make ethical choices when it comes to their
selection of materials and supply chain”.

Comment on the move, Wendy Higgins, director of Communications for
Humane Society International UK said in a statement: “This is a pivotal
moment in the demise of the cruel fur trade. We are thrilled that the
British Fashion Council has made this trail-blazing decision for London
Fashion Week to go fur-free. It sends out a clarion call of compassion to
the other fashion weeks in New York, Paris and Milan to similarly take a
bold ethical stance, and it challenges too those designers still using fur
to re-examine their morals.

“Fur cruelty is no longer welcome on the catwalk at London Fashion Week,
and that is a powerful and exhilarating victory for animals that we hope
others will follow. It is truly symbolic that London should be leading the
way, in the same way that the UK led the way with the world’s first fur
farming ban in 2000, and in the same way we hope the British government
will lead the way by banning fur imports.The future is fur-free, and this
week with designers Burberry dropping fur and now LFW too, we all just took
one step closer to realising that future.”

The announcement came days after Burberry confirmed that real fur would
no longer be part of its collections as part of its new sustainable
initiatives.

In recent years, fur protests have targeted not just Burberry but
designers including Mary Katrantzou and Gareth Pugh for including fur in
their collections.

London Fashion Week spring/summer 2019 womenswear showcase starts on
September 14.