Stop Stealing Skins, Says Gillian Anderson to Fashion Giants

Posted by on August 3, 2022 | Permalink

Actor and PETA friend Gillian Anderson joined PETA US in urging Capri Holdings – owner of Michael Kors, Versace, and Jimmy Choo – to stop selling cruelly produced exotic skins.

From Texas to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Vietnam, and Indonesia, PETA entities have exposed extreme cruelty to animals exploited in the global exotic-skins industry. When will Capri Holdings act to help stop this egregious cruelty by joining its peers and ending its sourcing of exotic skins?

– Gillian Anderson’s question to Capri Holdings

PETA US, a shareholder of the company, attended Capri Holdings’ annual meeting on 3 August to call for a ban on Anderson’s behalf. PETA US will also attend Ralph Lauren’s annual meeting to make the same request.

An Actor and Animal Advocate – Who Gets Results!

This isn’t the first time the actor has spoken up for animals. In 2021, Anderson called on luxury fashion group Kering to break its fur habit, and subsequently, Kering announced that hold-out companies Saint Laurent and Brioni would drop the cruelly obtained material, making the group entirely fur-free.

Anderson, who won a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award last year for The Crown, starred in PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign to spread the message that the only ones who should wear animal skin are the animals who were born with it!

Alligators Are NOT Accessories

PETA entities have documented that in the exotic-skins industry, alligators’ necks are hacked open and metal rods are shoved into their heads to scramble their brains, nails are driven into snakes’ heads while they’re still conscious, and feathers are yanked out of ostriches while they’re still alive.

Capri Holdings and Ralph Lauren are both fur-free, and other fashion houses such as Chanel, Burberry, HUGO BOSS, Victoria Beckham, Moda Operandi, and Mulberry have stopped selling exotic skins. So why are the owners of Michael Kors, Versace, and Jimmy Choo still profiting off the skins of reptiles and birds?

When it comes to fear and the desire to be free from pain, we’re all the same, whether we have feathers, fur, or fins.

Vegan Fashion Is the Future

Nine out of 10 Gen Z consumers – who, together with millennials, boast £286 billion in spending power – say that companies should show environmental and social consciousness in their business practices.

Forward-thinking companies are meeting the growing demand for sustainable, animal-friendly products by offering vegan leather options made from pineapples, mushrooms, apples, cacti, and more. Check out vegan fashion at its finest:

What You Can Do

Please speak up for animals exploited and slaughtered for their skin. It’s time that all brands stopped selling items made of exotic skins.