For Immediate Release:
31 January 2020

Luxury Brand Has Banned All Exotic Skins Following PETA UK Appeals

Sydney – Following appeals from PETA UK, iconic British fashion label Paul Smith has announced a ban on kangaroo leather, or “K-leather”, and all other exotic skins in its future collections. The brand confirmed that “our new policy, which has very recently been uploaded to our website … does also include [kangaroo] as well as exotic skins”.

Following graphic photos of charred kangaroos and reports that their habitats have been decimated by the Australian bushfires, more and more people are demanding an end to the government-sanctioned kangaroo slaughter, in which the animals are shot and orphaned joeys are decapitated or hit sharply on the head to “destroy the brain” before their skin is torn off.

“Behind every accessory made with kangaroo, python, or crocodile skin is an animal who did not want to die,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “Paul Smith’s decision to ban exotic skins will spare remarkable animals immense suffering, and PETA calls on other luxury brands to follow its kind example.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – has released several exposés of the exotic-skins industry. Crocodiles are kept in fetid water inside dank, dark sheds before their necks are hacked open and metal rods are shoved into their heads in an attempt to scramble their brains, often while they’re fully conscious. One-year-old ostriches are transported by truck to abattoirs, where workers turn them upside down in a stunner, slit their throats, and pluck their feathers. And snakes are commonly nailed to trees before their bodies are cut open from one end to the other as they’re skinned alive.

By banning exotic skins, Paul Smith – which has 90 stores and 21 concessions around the world – joins Chanel, Victoria Beckham, and Vivienne Westwood, who have made the same compassionate decision.

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