Queen forgoes fur
Good news! One of the biggest celebrities in the world, Queen Elizabeth II has just banned fur from the royal wardrobe. Great Britain banned fur farming almost two decades ago because it was deemed too cruel. Now Queen Elizabeth will opt for faux fur in the future, according to her senior dresser Angela Kelly. According to Kelly, who has written a memoir, Elizabeth II has decided to officially ban fur from her royal wardrobe in response to changing societal attitudes.
The news comes after a similar announcement from a flurry of fashion names including big designer brands and retailers including Yoox Net-a-Porter Group, Gucci, Michael Kors, Versace, Burberry, Donna Karan, Coach, Chanel, Jean Paul Gautier, Jimmy Choo, Farfetch and 3.1 Phillip Lim who have all banned fur from their collections. Last May, fashion house Prada announced that it would stop using fur, starting with its spring-summer 2020 line.
Over on this side of the Atlantic, California has become the first US state to ban the sale of animal fur products. Residents will no longer be able to sell or make clothing, shoes or handbags from fur as of 2023. We hope that the other 49 states will follow.
According Lesley Fox, former Executive Director of the Fur-Bearer Defenders, based just north of the border in Vancouver, “Once people are willing to recognize the suffering of fur-bearing animals and are willing to make a change as a consumer, it’s a step forward for them to naturally learn about more issues involving animals, including food issues.”