“It’s Total Bollocks” – Pete Doherty Slams The Kooples for Using Fur

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Superstar Pete Doherty once designed a collection for French fashion brand The Kooples, but that was before he knew about the cruelty involved in the fur industry.

 Pete Doherty Joins PETA Campaign Against Fur

The Libertines’ frontman has now slammed the brand for selling items made from the skins of raccoons, foxes and other animals. He sent the company a letter on behalf of PETA calling for it to go completely fur-free and commit to not using the skins of murdered animals in future collections, writing:

“Not much shocks me anymore, but PETA’s undercover video exposé shot on fur farms did – it shook me to the core. It’s obvious that these animals’ entire lives are filled with torture …. And all for fashion? It’s total bollocks”.

We celebrated earlier this year when The Kooples dropped angora wool after receiving a barrage of phone calls from compassionate people, but unfortunately, its racks are still lined with fur garments.

On fur farms, animals are subjected to horrendous cruelty. They’re usually kept inside tiny wire cages, unable to socialise or do anything that comes naturally to them until they go mad from confinement. Since fur farmers care only about the quality of pelts rather than animal welfare, animals are often killed in gas chambers or by anal electrocution. Animals like coyotes who are trapped in the wild often suffer for days in steel-jaw traps, desperately trying to escape before they’re bludgeoned to death or shot by a trapper.

Join us in calling on The Kooples to stop using cruel fur and, in the words of Pete himself, “show you give a toss about animal suffering by extending the ban on angora … to all animal fur”.


  • Sheila Sibbons commented on March 17, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Fur belongs on animals not people. The cruelty involved in the fur trade is unforgivable and needs to stop

  • Sarah commented on March 17, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Vile lot

  • Ruth Dalmasso commented on March 17, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Barbaric treatment of animals!

  • P Callaghan commented on March 17, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    This practice is so barbaric and cruel and we dot need there fur the only ones who do are the animals that it grows on

  • Natassia commented on March 17, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Why any one wants to wear a tortured beaten animal is sick, it shows nothing apart from being a sadistic egotistical sicko!!!

  • cath eley commented on March 17, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Fur farms are cruel and should be banned.

  • Tamra John commented on March 17, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    totally unacceptable in this day and age

  • sam commented on March 17, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Please stop this cruel trade!

  • Dart commented on March 17, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Stop now -there is no need!

  • Alex Bullock commented on March 20, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Just stop the cruelty.

  • Sarah taylor commented on March 21, 2016 at 11:57 am


    Just wanted to let you know that a company called house of braun are also selling real fur. As yourself I find this deeply distressing. I hope we can work together to also stop them selling fur


  • Mansura commented on March 22, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Please end this cruelty 🙁

  • Meg Esmail commented on March 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    i won’t let cruelty in my wardrobe.

  • Elizabeth Evans commented on March 22, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    It’s horrendous to think that animals are kept in such appauling conditions. It’s obvious that they don’t want the public to know what’s going on. More people need to be aware, I’m sure it would hopefully close that industry once and for all.

  • Lola commented on March 22, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    How come that fur farms still exist? How can this be in Civilized Europe? Finland? I can’t believe it! How can workers and owners of fur farms lie down at night peacefully. Are these human beings at all?

  • ruth commented on March 23, 2016 at 2:13 am

    please, help us to stop it !!

  • Lauren Lynley commented on March 23, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Thank you Peter for standing up for animals. Once most people understand what they are wearing and eating, they make different choices. I am a Libertines fan and PeTA US member and am really happy to hear Doherty use his fame to draw attention to cruelty in fashion.

  • Adaire bekker commented on March 23, 2016 at 10:34 am

    This is horrific and must be stopped

  • Sharan laird commented on March 23, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I have been truly horrified with petas video of screaming rabbit, which still haunts me. Though I am glad I’m not as ignorant to where and how this cruel and evil trade goes on all in the name of fashion. Hopefully some day this shame, that many companies turn their backs on because of profit will end, or at least minimize.

  • Irene Pearce commented on March 31, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Stop using animals skins and fur now. The human race is supposed to be civilised, but we are not. It’s not just animals we mistreat, we also mistreat each other. Kindness to all living things goes hand in hand.

  • patricia commented on April 2, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Thank you Peter and Paloma for standing up for animals. Celebrities like you can really make the difference the rest of us pray for. Please keep trying to enlighten people who have really no idea how horrendously innocent animals are suffering for something so fickle as fashion. I agree that when most people understand what they are wearing and eating, they make different choices.

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