Camden Market Announces Fur Ban

For Immediate Release:
27 February 2018

Olivia Jordan +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 229; [email protected]


Popular Shopping Destination Joins London’s Growing List of Fur-Free Markets and Retailers – Including Spitalfields, Selfridges, and Liberty

London – Camden Market has announced a ban on sales of fur, which will come into effect on Thursday. The shopping destination joins the growing list of fur-free markets and retailers in the capital – including Spitalfields, Selfridges, and Liberty – as well as designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney.

“Whether it’s a fluffy rabbit-fur key ring or a vintage fox-fur coat, all items made of fur are a product of extreme suffering,” says PETA Director of Corporate Projects Yvonne Taylor. “Today’s kind shoppers want nothing to do with cruelty – and PETA commends Camden Market for doing the right thing for animals and consumers.”

In a statement made to PETA, a Camden Market spokesperson said, “Having reviewed the position of the market with regard to traders selling fur, Camden Market’s owners, LabTech, will be implementing a ban on fur from 1st March 2018. Whilst we respect and encourage independent business, with many niche traders, we do not feel fur has a place in Camden Market in 2018.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that on fur farms, inquisitive and normally free-roaming animals such as foxes, minks, and rabbits spend their entire lives confined to tiny, filthy wire cages and are often killed by electrocution, neck-breaking, or drowning. Alongside other animal rights groups, PETA is calling for a #FurFreeBritain, urging the UK government not only to retain an import ban on cat, dog, and seal fur during Brexit negotiations but also to extend it to cover the fur of all animals.

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