Canadian Retailer’s Decision Means All TJX Companies Brands Are Now Fur-Free
Sydney – Following a nearly 20-year PETA US campaign that included numerous meetings, e-mails from more than 90,000 of the group’s supporters, and protests by local activists, Canada-based discount retailer Winners has banned fur.
Winners was the last TJX Companies brand to sell fur. After PETA US started calling on the company to go fur-free in 2001, its other brands (including TK Maxx in Australia) started dropping the material, and all are now fur-free. The group is renewing its call for the brands to stop selling angora, too.
“Rabbits, coyotes, and other animals are winning big with Winners’ decision to drop fur,” says PETA US Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA hopes this will be the first of many changes for the better at TJX Companies and that a ban on hair painfully torn out of angora rabbits’ skin is soon to follow.”
On angora rabbit farms, workers repeatedly stretch terrified rabbits across a board or hang them from the ceiling and tear their hair out as they scream. After two to five years, workers hang them upside down, slit their throats, and sell their carcasses.
TJX Companies joins hundreds of top designers and retailers – including ASOS, Collette Dinnigan, Gap, Gucci, H&M, The Iconic, Peter Alexander, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger – that have banned fur.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.