Ashley James Teams Up With PETA to Call On Harvey Nichols to Stop Selling Fur

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Former Made in Chelsea star Ashley James loves the finer things in life, but she knows that there’s nothing glamorous about fur. She has teamed up with PETA to send a message to Harvey Nichols – which recently abandoned their decade-long fur-free policy – asking them to stop selling fur.

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Photo by Rose Ruth.

Ashley says:

“I feel so privileged to be fronting a campaign for an issue I feel so passionate about. I love animals, and having educated myself about the fur industry, it breaks my heart to think people allow such cruelty to continue by buying fur products. Have a heart, please don’t support the fur industry and boycott the brands who do.”

Harvey Nichols hide behind a marketing ploy called “Origin Assured”, which was contrived by the fur industry itself following years of plummeting sales. Fur produced on farms in 29 countries can potentially be labelled “Origin Assured” simply because those countries have environmental standards, animal-welfare laws and/or best-practice guidelines on the books – but whether or not those standards are enforced isn’t taken into consideration.

A recent exposé by PETA narrated by Paloma Faith reveals the tremendous suffering of animals whose fur bears the label. It shows that on fur farms in Finland, Sweden, the US and other so-called “Origin Assured” countries, animals such as raccoons, rabbits and minks are kept in filthy wire cages – sometimes alongside the rotting corpses of other animals – and left to suffer from untreated injuries, including missing limbs. Frightened and distressed, they often mutilate themselves and others in their cage. These animals are then slaughtered – just so that their skin can be made into clothing.

You can help! Join Ashley, along with Joanna Lumley, Twiggy and Hayley Mills and tens of thousands of others, in asking Harvey Nichols to reinstate their fur-free policy. To write to the company, click here:


  • sian moore commented on April 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    this is animal cruelty full stop

  • Gayle Brooks commented on April 27, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    harvey Nichols your a disgrace leave the fur on the animals

    • Ryan commented on May 18, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Boycott Harvey’s store.

  • Roberta Smith commented on April 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    If we can live without harming any animals then why wouldn’t we.. Animal cruelty is not part of our world. We are here to teach love and protect our innocent ones. End the selling of abused animals and start teaching the world about love

    • Bill commented on May 10, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Why not concentrate on ending harm to people first?? Would you save a hamster from a burning house before a child???

      • Gareth commented on June 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm

        Bill, how about being kind to, and trying to rescue both? I’ve read several of your posts on here. I’m not sure about your evolution denial but if you have it within you to look on here, enjoy wildlife in your garden and state your opposite to cruelty then you have it within you to examine the whole argument(s) further and consider becoming vegan yourself. Can you seriously enjoy watching the hedgehog in your back garden yet justify pigs having their throats cut en masse simply because you ‘enjoy’ a bacon sandwich? I urge you to expand and look deeper into the whole argument. There are quite simply ways to live that don’t/shouldn’t depend on cruelty. Best regards.

  • June Cork commented on May 9, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Well said all previous Posters – Harvey Nichols you should be ashamed of yourselves. Do you really, really think that aligning yourselves with the fur trade will benefit YOUR trade? Fur coats belong on the backs of their owners – their REAL owners: the Mink, the Seals, the Bears – not wealthy women who obviously haven’t a clue HOW that fur got from the REAL owner to someone clearly with more money than sense, responsibility, understanding or compassion.
    Harvey Nichols, I shall not be visiting your shop again.

  • Sammie Luck commented on May 9, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Harvey Nichols,
    Hang your heads in shame. What kind of women in today’s society wear fur and what sort of establishment (and the team behind it) actually promote and sell it. I would be ashamed to even step foot in your store. Deeply, deeply dreadful!

  • Kim commented on May 9, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    This cruelty must end now. It is totally wrong to abuse and kill animals. It should be a criminal offence with long prison sentences. The people who do this would kill humans if they could get money for their skins

  • deborah van damme commented on May 10, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Absolutely criminal and heinous. If the human garbage that torture and murder animals are not tried for first degree murder and convicted, then sociopathic criminals will flourish. We need to stop them now. I am spreading this information worldwide and relentlessly. Hope they go out of business. Please do the same.

    • Bill commented on May 12, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      That’s why the world laughs at you because the rest of us live in reality and know that over half the worlds consumables come from or use animals in some way and we’d all be pretty screwed without them. You are quite unstable

  • Giuliana Secchi commented on May 10, 2015 at 7:46 am

    When there is no empathy, there is no humanity. People who disregard animals’ suffering, especially unnecessary suffering, only maintain a human exterior. Inside, they have lost their humanity.

  • Bill commented on May 10, 2015 at 8:37 am

    What is wrong with using fur seriously?? Haven’t heard anyone complain about leather shoes or woolly jumpers, is peta just full of tofu munchers with double standards!?

    • Anne commented on May 13, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Bill,

      We campaign actively against harming ANY animal for his or her skin. Check out some of our recent campaigns against leather ( and wool (

      • Bill commented on May 14, 2015 at 8:20 am

        What about for food? Or food products? Do you really think it feasible for peoe to completely stop using any animal products at all? I think humans are above animals and it is ok to use them like any resource. I don’t agree with unesessary suffering but at the end of the day they are animals. If you believe in evolution, even though it’s completely unproven, you will think we are the same as them, but we aren’t. I just find extreme views like others on here just open to ridicule, but I will look at your links as I don’t hate animals I actually love them and my garden is like a wildlife reserve birds foxes cats hedgehogs the list goes on, but do think it’s ok to have leathers, fur and food.

      • Bill commented on May 14, 2015 at 8:27 am

        I looked at the links, not good I totally agree but what about using bovine leather? If they are treated properly?

  • danielle commented on May 10, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Let dogs be free and have a long happy life they deserve!!!

    • Bill commented on May 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Let trees be free to sway in the wind and not be the floor boards in your house or the joists that hold up your ceiling! Ha ha! So I take it your all vegan then??? No one likes a bacon sandwich on here, or wears leather shoes or belt???

      • Gareth commented on June 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm

        Ha,ha indeed Bill! Most trees are felled these days for cattle production. The planet being stripped of forests for animal exploitation and profits. just look at the obesity problem mankind has in many parts of the world, people gorging on fatty bits of animal that ultimately do them no good. It isn’t ethical, it isn’t humane, it isn’t healthy and it isn’t necessary. And yes, I don’t purchase leather, I don’t eat bits of dead pig either.

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