Luxury fashion brand St. John says no to fur, exotic skins

By on January 18, 2019 with 0 Comments

One more luxury fashion brand has joined the mass exodus from fur. St. John, a brand popular among fashion-conscious shoppers, from models and actresses to first ladies, announced today that it will go completely fur-free with its pre-Fall 2019 collection. The company has also prohibited the use of exotic leathers from animals like crocodiles, pythons and lizards from all of its collections.

St. John has had a long-standing relationship with the Humane Society of the United States, and we have been meeting with them since 2011. Tom Jarrold, senior vice president of marketing and communications for St. John’s, said that luxury today is synonymous with innovation and social responsibility.

“We have the means to create beautiful garments for women without using animals for fashion. We’re focusing on the creation of sophisticated knitwear, distinctive textiles and unique prints with consciousness in mind,” he added.

Fur-free luxury brands and retailers Gucci, Versace, Coach, Armani, Burberry, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Diane Von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Farfetch and Net-a-Porter have already joined the fur-free cause. Last month, French fashion house Chanel announced that it was dropping fur and exotic skins from its collections.

The news from St. John, headquartered in California, is especially welcome because there is now an HSUS-sponsored bill in that state that would ban fur sales and manufacturing. The Fur Products Prohibition Act, AB-44, was introduced last month by California Assemblymember Laura Friedman and is the result of a growing momentum toward fur-free fashion in that state, in part evidenced by citywide fur sales bans in West Hollywood, Berkeley, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Fur is an unnecessary product that results in more than 100 million wild animals every year being crammed into small barren cages on fur factory farms, to be killed by crude gassing or electrocution. The HSUS has long advanced the view that there is no place for such cruelty in fashion, and we are excited that in just the last few years so many major fashion brands have reached the same conclusion.

Please join me today in congratulating St. John and Chanel, responsible firms that are making this fur-free revolution — and the move away from exotic skins — happen.

At Safari Club convention, vendors peddle canned lion hunts, elephant and hippo body parts

By on January 18, 2019 with 1 Comment
At Safari Club convention, vendors peddle canned lion hunts, elephant and hippo body parts

A canvas made of a whole elephant’s ear. Belts made with hippo skin. Elephant skin furniture. The annual Safari Club International convention in Reno, Nevada, had plenty on view that would shock and sicken the average person. But investigators for the Humane Society of the . . . 

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Thousands of animals in USDA-licensed facilities feel impact of government shutdown

By on January 16, 2019 with 0 Comments
Thousands of animals in USDA-licensed facilities feel impact of government shutdown

The federal government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has devastated many American families. But it has also affected countless numbers of animals, including thousands of domestic and wild animals in puppy mills, research laboratories, zoos and other facilities that are licensed — and inspected . . . 

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HSUS assists more than 200 German Shepherds rescued from puppy mills in Georgia, Maryland

By on January 15, 2019 with 0 Comments
HSUS assists more than 200 German Shepherds rescued from puppy mills in Georgia, Maryland

For dogs bred in puppy mills, there are no good days. They are crammed into small spaces, often denied basic needs like food and water and veterinary care, and they rarely, if ever, get the human companionship and enrichment that makes their lives better and . . . 

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Japan’s rogue stance on whaling deserves worldwide condemnation

By on January 14, 2019 with 4 Comments
Japan’s rogue stance on whaling deserves worldwide condemnation

Japan this week formalized its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission in a letter, setting the stage for its resumed killing of hundreds of whales in its coastal waters and perhaps elsewhere as well. Japan announced its departure from the IWC last month, and with . . . 

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A blog renamed, a mission renewed

By on January 11, 2019 with 4 Comments
A blog renamed, a mission renewed

These are exciting times for the animal protection movement, and especially for those of us who work at the Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates, including Humane Society International and the Humane Society Legislative Fund. The year 2019 has come in with . . . 

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‘A Dog’s Way Home’ celebrates bond between veterans and dogs; addresses problems with breed-specific bans

By on January 10, 2019 with 3 Comments
‘A Dog’s Way Home’ celebrates bond between veterans and dogs; addresses problems with breed-specific bans

From Rin Tin Tin to Lassie and Benji, the movies have long celebrated and reaffirmed the strength of the human-animal bond and the joy that companion animals bring to our lives. In this cherished tradition, a new movie that hits theaters tonight honors an even . . . 

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States act to protect animals left outside in cold weather

By on January 9, 2019 with 12 Comments
States act to protect animals left outside in cold weather

Late last year, Pennsylvania investigators found a dog named Cam dead and frozen solid on a heavy chain, wedged between a small dog house and a fence. He appeared to have been digging for warmth when he died. As heartbreaking as this story is, unfortunately, . . . 

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Complaints about sick Petland puppies pour in after HSUS undercover investigation

By on January 8, 2019 with 10 Comments
Complaints about sick Petland puppies pour in after HSUS undercover investigation

On December 11, we released the results of our shocking undercover investigation at two Petland locations, one in Las Vegas and another in Kennesaw, Georgia, where our investigators found several sick puppies and a dead puppy in a freezer. When we started the investigation, we . . . 

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Breaking news: Supreme Court lets stand California, Massachusetts bans on cage confinement; foie gras ban

By on January 7, 2019 with 5 Comments
Breaking news: Supreme Court lets stand California, Massachusetts bans on cage confinement; foie gras ban

In a victory that will likely prevent significant suffering for millions of farm animals, the Supreme Court today snuffed out efforts by the factory farming lobby and associated interests to overturn landmark laws against cage confinement in California and Massachusetts, and a California ban on . . . 

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For my mom, the first animal advocate I ever knew

By on January 4, 2019 with 12 Comments
For my mom, the first animal advocate I ever knew

I lost my mother this week. She was 92 years old, and she packed most of those years with a remarkable compassion for animals – a compassion she cultivated in my sisters and me as well as in countless other people she encountered. My mother . . . 

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116th Congress brings new hope, opportunities for animal protection

By on January 3, 2019 with 3 Comments
116th Congress brings new hope, opportunities for animal protection

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson We are on Capitol Hill today for the swearing in of the 116th Congress, along with Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund colleagues. We’re meeting with members of Congress, old and new, and gearing . . . 

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