ANNA DELLO RUSSO WITHDRAWS FUR COATS FROM SALE AT AUCTION

For Immediate Release:
23 February 2018

Style Icon Donates Garments to PETA UK’s Fur Amnesty Programme

Sydney – Style icon Anna Dello Russo has withdrawn all fur coats from sale in her archive auction with Christie’s Milan on 24 February and will instead donate the pieces to PETA UK’s fur amnesty programme. The group wrote to her in January requesting the donation. It plans to use the coats in high-profile educational displays to highlight the plight of animals killed for their fur or as bedding for sick and orphaned animals in sanctuaries. 

“The fashion community is increasingly moving away from fur – and so am I,” says Anna Dello Russo. “This auction is about passing my heritage on to the next generation – but as someone who cares about animals, I no longer feel comfortable passing these fur garments on to others. Instead, I’ve decided to donate them to PETA to ensure they’re used in a meaningful way to help animals.”

“Major Australian companies and groups such as Anglicare, Kym Ellery, David Jones, Myer, and Vinnies have fur free policies,” says PETA Spokesperson Emily Rice, “Anna Dello Russo’s decision not to sell the furs in her auction is further evidence of a cultural shift away from clothing cruelly made from animal skins.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that on fur farms, inquisitive and normally free-roaming animals such as foxes, minks, and chinchillas spend their entire lives confined to tiny, filthy wire cages and are often killed by electrocution, neck-breaking, or drowning. Because of the cruelty involved in fur production, luxury fashion brands including Armani, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Jimmy Choo have all recently implemented fur-free policies.

Anna Dello Russo joins Mariah CareyKim Cattrall, and Anjelica Huston in donating items to the fur amnesty programmes of PETA or its international affiliates.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.