British Icons Ask Harvey Nichols to Drop Fur

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Joanna & Twiggy

Treasured icons Joanna Lumley, Twiggy and Hayley Mills have teamed up to write to Harvey Nichols CEO Stacey Cartwright calling on the retailer to rejoin virtually all other UK department stores in banning fur.

Their letter is backed up by the nearly 40,000 other letters and e-mails that PETA supporters have sent to Ms Cartwright, asking her to end the company’s support of this shamefully violent industry.

Harvey Nichols recently abandoned their decade-long fur-free policy in order to start selling “Origin Assured” fur, a label that was created by the fur industry itself following years of plummeting sales. While the label attempts to reassure the public about the treatment of animals raised and killed for fur, 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.

In their letter, Lumley, Twiggy and Mills remind Ms Cartwright that all fur is the product of a bloody, violent industry and that consumers are being deceived by the store’s preposterous claims of selling “humanely and ethically” obtained furs.

You can join them in calling for Harvey Nichols to reinstate its fur-free policy by writing to the company here:

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