Versace, Michael Kors Face PETA US Pressure Over Exotic Skins

Versace, Michael Kors Face PETA US Pressure Over Exotic Skins

Group Will Warn Shareholders About Cruel Wildlife Trade’s Epidemic Risk to Humans

London – “When will Capri Holdings protect public health and animal welfare by no longer sourcing exotic animal skins?” That’s the question that a representative of PETA US – which owns stock in the parent company of Versace, Michael Kors, and Jimmy Choo – will ask during Capri Holdings’ annual meeting today.

Where:           Baker McKenzie LLP, 100 New Bridge Street, London

When: Wednesday, 23 September, 1 pm

“The wildlife trade’s connection to contagious diseases like COVID-19 should have every designer scrambling to scrap skins from snakes and crocodiles,” says PETA Director of Corporate Projects Yvonne Taylor. “It’s time Michael Kors, Versace, and Jimmy Choo joined  the dozens of brands that refuse to profit from sensitive reptiles’ gruesome deaths.”

PETA and its affiliates have documented that in the exotic-skins industry, alligators’ necks are hacked open and metal rods are shoved into their heads; snakes are pumped full of water to loosen their skin, which is peeled off, often while they’re still conscious; and feathers are yanked out of ostriches while the birds are still alive. The squalid and severely crowded conditions in which wild animals are raised and slaughtered for their skins are similar to those that gave rise to the novel coronavirus, and they pose a potential threat of future pandemics.

Versace has already banned kangaroo skins and fur – Donatella Versace went so far as to say, “I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right” – and Michael Kors has banned fur and mohair, but both brands still sell products made using reptile skins. Meanwhile, Brooks Brothers, Jil Sander, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, HUGO BOSS, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and many other brands have banned exotic skins.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.

Contact:
Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7923 6244; [email protected]

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