For Immediate Release:
18 July 2016

Animal Rights Group Ensures No-Fur Policy on the Runway This Year

Perth – The Telstra Perth Fashion Festival has issued a no-fur policy for its entire 2016 event, after pressure from PETA Australia and thousands of compassionate fashion lovers wrote to the festival’s organisers.

The policy, which will be sent to all designers showing their collections at the event, states that all fur trim or any other item containing fur from any animal will be prohibited.

“As one of the biggest fashion events in Australia, the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival is setting a standard for the entire industry to follow”, said PETA Australia Associate Director Ashley Fruno. “Modern designers simply want nothing to do with an industry that abuses animals in such terrible ways.”

As documented by PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – 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. Cruelty-free clothing and accessories are widely available from a variety of designers, including Australia’s Wayne Cooper, Nicola Finetti, Alannah Hill, Aurelio Costarella and Collette Dinnigan and many more.

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