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

Posted by on April 27, 2015 | Permalink

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: