Mango Bans Fur and Exotic Skins

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minkLeading international clothing and accessory retailer Mango has banned the use of exotic skins in its product lines after meeting with PETA US and learning about the extreme animal suffering caused by the exotic-skins industry. The company has also announced that it will no longer sell fur items. Mango is based in Barcelona, Spain, and has a total of 2,060 stores in 104 countries worldwide, including 70 in the UK.

“Although we aren’t as familiar with minks, foxes, snakes and alligators as we are with the cats and dogs with whom we share our lives, these animals suffer every bit as much when beaten, skinned alive and killed”, says PETA Manager Mimi Bekhechi. “We’re asking retailers worldwide to follow Mango’s lead and allow fur and exotic skins to remain on their original owners – the animals.”

Each year, millions of minks, foxes, coyotes, rabbits and even dogs and cats are bludgeoned to death, electrocuted, strangled with wire nooses or skinned alive – all in the name of fashion. For every cuff, collar, piece of trim or coat made from real fur, an animal suffered a miserable life and an agonising death.

In Africa, Asia and the US, exotic animals – including snakes, lizards, alligators and crocodiles – are hunted or raised and killed specifically for their skins. Alligators and crocodiles killed for their skins are stabbed in the neck with a metal chisel or bludgeoned with metal bats. PETA Asia’s undercover investigations have shown that live snakes are nailed to trees by their heads before their skins are torn off their writhing bodies. They can suffer for hours before they die.

Mango joins H&M, Topshop and other companies in adopting animal welfare policies that ban exotic skins and fur following actions taken by PETA and its international affiliates.

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  • Vicky commented on November 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    This is brilliant news…pity Burberry and other stores can’t take this advice and put forward the ‘tradition’ argument.

    Sometimes even when I wear my fake fur trim I feel self conscious in case people think that it is real. So ingrained in me that fur is wrong. If I think that a company use fur, even perfume brands such as Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez’s I won’t buy the beauty product…best to know if a huge corporation is behind it that tests on animals..or a fur wearer like the aforementioned ladies.

  • beth li commented on November 24, 2011 at 12:11 am

    this is EXCELLENT news!! sigh.. tho a long time coming and i wish a lot more other unethical fur selling retailers would also take heed that the fur industry is just too cruel and inhumane in their treatment of animals whether so called ‘breeding, cage farming or trapping only to kill in awful ways in order to obtain these pelts they shouldn’t be peddling these products.. period!

  • Dawn commented on November 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    This is great news! I agree with Vicky even when i wear my jacket with a faux fur collar i feel self concious because people might think its real and then they’ll go and buy fur which might not be fake.

  • Nathalie commented on November 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Great…but hadn’t they already signed some agreement not to sell fur some years back? And they are still selling fur now. http://bubblythings.com/2011/11/la-vrai-fourrure/ (sorry link is in French)

  • Roberta commented on November 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Just saw that they are selling a real fur coat on their website and it is nearly 2013! What are they thinking? I won’t be buying from them until they stop this. Unbelievable

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