VICTORY: Telstra Perth Fashion Festival Gives Fur the Cold Shoulder
Great news for animals – yet another Australian fashion event has decided to ditch cruelly produced fur!
Following in the compassionate footsteps of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival – which issued a no-fur policy last year following pressure from PETA – there will be no animal fur on the runway at the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival this year.
The festival has issued a no-fur policy for its entire 2016 event, after thousands of ethical fashionistas and animal advocates signed PETA’s petition, targeting the festival’s organisers.
The new policy, which will be sent to all designers showing their collections at the event, states that fur trim or any other item containing fur from any animal will be prohibited.
PETA wishes to say a huge thank-you to everyone who signed and shared the petition and also commends the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival for this compassionate decision.
How to Help More Animals Used for Fur
As more and more Australian designers, brands, and events decide to drop cruelly produced fur, it’s time we put pressure on those who are still lagging behind.
Take action for animals in the following ways:
- Urge the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in Sydney to align with the values of the Melbourne and Perth fashion festivals by issuing a similar fur free policy.
- Ask New Zealand designer Annah Stretton to prove that she’s the animal lover she claims to be by also ditching fur from her collections.
- Demand that labels Ellery and Vicky Mar listen to consumers and stop selling fur from abused animals and touting it as “fashion”.
Animals on fur farms are confined to cramped, filthy cages before they’re drowned, beaten, strangled, electrocuted, and even skinned alive for fur coats, collars, and cuffs. Compassionate designers simply want nothing to do with an industry that abuses animals in such terrible ways.
Cruelty-free clothing and accessories are widely available from a variety of designers, including Australia’s Wayne Cooper, Nicola Finetti, Alannah Hill, Aurelio Costarella, Collette Dinnigan, and many more.