Victory! Zadig & Voltaire Ditches Fur

For Immediate Release:

20 March 2019

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


French Label Becomes the Latest in a Long Line of Brands That Have Gone Fur-Free

London – French fashion house Zadig & Voltaire has confirmed to PETA France that it won’t sell clothing or accessories containing animal fur in its future collections. A spokesperson for the company – which has more than 300 outlets in over 30 countries worldwide – confirmed, “[W]e have stopped using fur.”

“We’re delighted to add Zadig & Voltaire to the ever-growing list of brands that have ditched fur,” says PETA Director of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi. “French philosopher Voltaire – the fervent animal advocate after whom the company is named – wouldn’t have wanted to be associated with an industry that cages, bludgeons, electrocutes, and otherwise tortures animals, and we’re sure he’d have been the first to thank the retailer for its compassionate new policy.”

PETA exposés have revealed the horrors that animals are subjected to on fur farms. Rabbits, minks, foxes, chinchillas, raccoon dogs, and other animals are confined to filthy cages and endure neglect, starvation, and dehydration before finally being slaughtered in horrific ways, such as electrocution, gassing, or bludgeoning. Animals killed in the wild for their fur also suffer – they’re caught in steel-jaw traps in which they may languish in agony for hours and sometimes days, facing blood loss, frostbite, gangrene, and attacks from predators. Mother animals have been known to try to chew through their own limbs in an attempt to escape and return to their starving babies.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that innovative vegan fabrics include the faux fur made from recycled fibres developed by French faux-fur artisans Ecopel. Zadig & Voltaire joins a growing list of designers and retailers that have recently banned fur, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Gucci, Versace, Armani, and Burberry.

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