Farfetch, an online fashion retailer based in the UK, has stopped the sale of fur. Farfetch has traditionally been a fur-heavy retailer. Other retailers who have banned fur are Net-a-Porter, Gucci, Michael Kors, Versace, Burberry, DKNY, Coach, Chanel, Jean Paul Gautier and Jimmy Choo.
Each new fur-free announcement continues the domino effect of designers and retailers seeing the importance of distancing their brands from the fur industry’s cruelty. However fashion houses like Fendi and Dolce and Gabbana are still selling fur.
The UK currently allows the import and sale of furs from a variety of species, including foxes, rabbits, minks, coyotes, raccoon dogs and chinchillas. Under existing EU regulations, import and sale of fur from dogs, cats and commercial seal hunts are banned, and campaigners want those bans extended to protect all species.
Brands like Calvin Klein, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Tommy Hilfiger, and Topshop have dropped angora wool from their clothing lines. Angora rabbit fur is being used for sweaters, hats, gloves, and more. Angora rabbits have long, soft fur. Most angora comes from rabbits on Chinese factory farms. The rabbits writhe in agony as workers tie them down and rip out their fur. So far more than 300 major retailers have banned angora.