Gillian Anderson to Call On Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, and Versace to Ban Exotic Skins

Gillian Anderson to Call On Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, and Versace to Ban Exotic Skins

London – This week, actor Gillian Anderson will join PETA US to urge Capri Holdings – owner of Michael Kors, Versace, and Jimmy Choo – to stop selling cruelly produced exotic skins. PETA US, a shareholder of the company, will attend its annual meeting on 3 August to call for a ban on behalf of Anderson. PETA US will also attend Ralph Lauren’s annual  meeting on the following day to make the same request.

Capri Holdings and Ralph Lauren are both fur-free, and PETA US is asking the companies to join brands like Chanel, Burberry, HUGO BOSS, Victoria Beckham, and Mulberry, who have stopped selling 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,” reads Gillian Anderson’s question. “When will Capri Holdings act to help stop this egregious abuse by joining its peers and ending its sourcing of exotic skins?”

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

Nine out of 10 Gen Z consumers – who, together with millennials, boast £286  billion in spending power – saythat 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, cactus, and more.

Gillian Anderson’s full question to Capri Holdings is available here.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.


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