BREAKING: PETA Disrupts Burberry Fashion Show in London
Today, a PETA supporter posing as a model stormed the runway of the Burberry fashion show in Highbury Fields, brandishing a sign that proclaimed, “Burberry: Animals Are Not Clothing.”
— PETA UK (@PETAUK) September 18, 2023
Every archaic item made of animal skins represents the pain and suffering of vulnerable individuals who don’t deserve to be mutilated for clothing and accessories. We are calling on Burberry to do the right thing and leave animals out of its collections and reminding consumers that animals are not ours to wear.
What Materials Should Burberry Ban?
Burberry has already banned the use of fur, angora, and exotic skins. We are urging it to take the next compassionate step by dropping all animal-derived materials – starting with cashmere and down as well as wool and leather – from its collections in favour of high-quality, luxury vegan fabrics.
In July, PETA US – a Burberry shareholder – attended the company’s annual meeting in London to push for cashmere and feather bans. The action follows damning PETA Asia investigations into goat and duck farms and slaughterhouses linked to the misleadingly labelled Sustainable Fibre Alliance (SFA) and Responsible Down Standard (RDS), which are touted by the fashion house in its responsible sourcing policy. Burberry claims that it doesn’t knowingly use materials that “may inflict any harm to animal welfare”, yet terrified goats, geese, and ducks are suffering horribly for its designs.
The Cashmere Industry Is a Rip-Off
A new PETA Asia investigation revealed workers at SFA-certified cashmere farms pinning down goats by their legs and horns and pulling out their hair with sharp metal combs as the animals screamed in pain and terror and were left with bloody wounds.
A herder cut kid goats’ scrotums open with a knife and pulled out their testicles, all without pain relief. In slaughterhouses, workers bludgeoned goats in the head with a hammer before slitting their throats.
SFA guidelines don’t require annual farm audits or the use of pain relief for castration or for injuries sustained during violent restraining and combing – and they consider treating animals “humanely” prior to slaughter to be a recommendation, not a requirement.
Geese Are Decapitated for ‘Responsible’ Down
Recent PETA Asia investigations into farms and slaughterhouses that supply the down trade revealed ducks with bloody wounds being kept in dirty, dark sheds; a worker cutting conscious, terrified ducks’ necks as they struggled; and geese shrieking as a worker repeatedly hacked at their necks with a blunt axe before eventually decapitating them. Feathers from these facilities were later sold as RDS-certified.
Never Buy Cashmere or Down
Numerous exposés by PETA entities reveal that suffering, violence, and killing are ubiquitous in the down and cashmere industries. Stay away from this cruelty by choosing luxurious vegan materials, which are readily available.
Take Action! Urge Burberry to Drop Cruelly Obtained Materials
When we ask, they listen. Take a moment to send a message to Burberry and other brands that are still selling cashmere: