Paul Smith Confirms Kangaroo-Skin Ban
Following appeals from PETA, iconic British fashion label Paul Smith has announced a ban on exotic skins in all its future collections.
The brand affirmed the ban also includes its use of “K-leather”:
“[O]ur new policy, which has very recently been uploaded to our website … does also include [kangaroo] as well as exotic skins.”
What Is ‘K-Leather’?
Some 2.3 million kangaroos are reportedly killed every year for their skin. To produce leather, the animals are first shot. Then, the injured kangaroos – as well as orphaned joeys – are decapitated or hit sharply on the head to “destroy the brain” before their skins are torn off so they can be exported and made into accessories.
Following graphic photos of charred kangaroos and reports that habitats have been decimated by recent bushfires in Australia, more and more people are demanding an end to the government-sanctioned slaughter in Australia.
We’re happy Paul Smith made this compassionate move given the ecological nightmare that has ravaged Australia and destroyed huge swathes of kangaroo habitat.
Whether They’re Kangaroos or Crocodiles, Nobody Wants to Die for Fashion
Behind every accessory made with kangaroo, python, or crocodile skin is an animal who did not want to die.
PETA affiliates have released several exposés of the exotic-skins industry. Alligators are kept in fetid water inside dank, dark sheds before their necks are hacked open and metal rods are shoved into their heads in an attempt to scramble their brains, often while they’re fully conscious.
One-year-old ostriches are transported by lorry to abattoirs, where workers turn them upside down in a stunner, slit their throats, and pluck them.
And snakes are commonly nailed to trees before their bodies are cut open from one end to the other as they’re skinned alive.
Thank You, Sir Paul
Paul Smith’s decision to ban exotic skins will spare remarkable animals immense suffering.
By introducing the policy, the brand – which has 90 stores and 21 concessions around the world – joins Chanel, Victoria Beckham, and luxury department store Selfridges, whose exotic-skins ban comes into force this week.
Urge Hermès and Prada to Stop Killing Animals for Fashion
Let’s help prevent countless animals from being slaughtered by pushing other brands to follow Paul Smith’s kind example. Click on the link below to urge Hermès and Prada to remove ostrich and other exotic skins from their collections: