A petition created 2 weeks ago has gained the signature of 200,000 people who want to see fur banned from the London Fashion Week.
London Fashion Week takes place twice every year with protests happening at every event. It has seen a number of designers drop fur altogether but the British Fashion Council, who organises the event, refuses to ban it entirely.
Ed Winters, who started the petition, is one of the co-founders of animal rights group Surge.
He’s hoping that with this petition, it will add further pressure for fur to be banned for good.
‘We are delighted with how well the petition has been received,’ Ed told Metro.co.uk.
‘This just shows that fur is no longer wanted or even deemed acceptable by the public, and only exists within the realms of an out-of-touch fashion industry that, instead of being forward-thinking, is reluctant to move beyond its outdated transgressions.’
‘It’s great to see so many people expressing their outrage at LFW for giving a platform to one of the cruelest, most abhorrent industries on the planet,’ he continued.
‘The issue of fur is something that disturbs a whole range of different people, and isn’t only a concern for animal rights activists.
‘The comments on the petition really show that.’
Writing on the petition, Ed describes in graphic, yet necessary detail how fur-farmed animals are killed.
“Every year the fur industry is responsible for the death of one billion rabbits and 50million other animals – including foxes, minks, dogs, cats, raccoons, chinchillas, seals and many more.
Most of these animals are raised in fur farms, intensive facilities where the animals are kept in tiny cages and confined to a life of misery.
These farms can hold thousands of animals and are designed to specifically maximise profits. These animals go insane performing psychotic, repetitive behaviours such as circling endlessly in their cages, as well as cannibalism and self-mutilation.
The most common methods of killing animals in fur farms is anal electrocution, gassing, poisoning or stomping on the animals and breaking their necks.
These are all done to try and preserve the quality of the fur.”