Breaking news: Fashion icon Michael Kors goes fur-free

By on December 15, 2017 with 0 Comments

In the latest seismic shift in the industry, leading luxury fashion group Michael Kors (including its Jimmy Choo brand) has joined the fur-free movement by announcing today that it is going 100 percent fur-free. The company will phase out all fur products by the end of 2018.

Michael Kors Holdings Limited, which had a revenue of more than $4.7 billion in 2016, has been engaging with The HSUS since 2007, when the company eliminated raccoon dog fur from its line. One thing that’s become clear from our discussions is that innovations in faux fur and other fabrics have allowed Michael Kors to now shed real fur entirely.

“Due to technological advances in fabrications, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur,” said designer Michael Kors. “We will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February.”

This year has been transformative for the fur-free movement with some of the biggest names in fashion pledging to go 100 percent fur-free. Along with the advances in faux fur, and the introduction of other innovative materials, it’s becoming clear that there is simply no reason to continue using a product that causes so much pain and suffering. If a company chooses to retain the look and feel of fur, it can do so without contributing to cruelty.

Gucci, Armani, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, and so many other fur-free companies recognize this fact. With such big names getting on board with the no-fur cause, companies clinging to fur in their fashion lines will be viewed by consumers as outliers, even as remorseless. The combination of human innovation and creativity has allowed us to march into a new era of fashion, making the greatest possible difference for animals.

Please join me in thanking Michael Kors for this ethical action by leaving a comment below, or on Facebook or Instagram.

Breaking news: U.S. Senate unanimously passes PACT Act to crack down on animal cruelty crimes

By on December 14, 2017 with 0 Comments
Breaking news: U.S. Senate unanimously passes PACT Act to crack down on animal cruelty crimes

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, S. 654, this evening, getting us dramatically closer to the day when the nation has a federal anti-cruelty statute that allows the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to crack down on malicious cruelty and also the sexual exploitation of innocent . . . 

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Big broiler reforms, anti-confinement policies across the world top 2017 farm animal victories

By on December 13, 2017 with 0 Comments
Big broiler reforms, anti-confinement policies across the world top 2017 farm animal victories

In 2017, The HSUS continued its campaign to bring about major transformational change in the food and agriculture sector, specifically by rolling out its Nine Billion Lives campaign to take out so much of the pain and misery from the conventional means of raising and killing broiler chickens (those raised for meat). Meanwhile, we’ve been . . . 

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Breaking news: Guilty verdict for New Hampshire breeder who kept Great Danes in deplorable conditions

By on December 12, 2017 with 23 Comments
Breaking news: Guilty verdict for New Hampshire breeder who kept Great Danes in deplorable conditions

After an extraordinary intervention by local law enforcement officials and HSUS personnel this summer to shut down a Great Dane commercial breeder operating out of a mansion in a summer resort community in New Hampshire, justice has been rendered. Today, a New Hampshire court convicted Christina Fay of 10 counts of animal cruelty. It was . . . 

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National Park Service plan to kill bison in Grand Canyon unneeded, unwarranted

By on December 11, 2017 with 14 Comments
National Park Service plan to kill bison in Grand Canyon unneeded, unwarranted

The National Park Service (NPS), with a shameful record of allowing the killing of bison who migrate outside of Yellowstone National Park and onto adjacent federal lands, is now planning on opening up a second front against these great and lumbering beasts, the biggest mammals in North America. This time, the NPS is impassively pursuing . . . 

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Nepal’s Supreme Court ends mass killings of street dogs

By on December 8, 2017 with 1 Comment
Nepal’s Supreme Court ends mass killings of street dogs

For decades, Nepal hasn’t treated its tens of thousands of homeless, roaming dogs in a way that reflects the kind teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism, the religions predominantly practiced there. The main strategy of national and local authorities has involved public culls as a way to address the threat of rabies, by beating, shooting, or . . . 

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Survey of American electorate reveals overwhelming opposition to trophy hunting

By on December 7, 2017 with 3 Comments
Survey of American electorate reveals overwhelming opposition to trophy hunting

We have no better evidence of the non-partisan nature of animal protection than new data from a national poll, released this week by The HSUS, that shows deep and widespread opposition to trophy hunting, including strong disapproval of allowing imports of sport-hunted elephant and lion trophies from several African nations. The survey showed that voters, . . . 

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VA and HSUS announce pact to help Veterans and homeless animals

By on December 6, 2017 with 8 Comments
VA and HSUS announce pact to help Veterans and homeless animals

When you think of those who embody the notions of loyalty and faithful service, you need look no farther than the pets in our lives and the military Veterans who’ve served our nation. These faithful friends and defenders of hearth and home deserve every act of kindness we can deliver. As admirers of dogs and . . . 

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A giant step backward on the treatment of orcas in captivity

By on December 5, 2017 with 3 Comments
A giant step backward on the treatment of orcas in captivity

It was my great hope that SeaWorld’s March 2016 decision to end its orca breeding and theatrical performance shows would be a catalyst prompting all other marine theme parks to get on board and move to the next, better chapter in our relationship with cetaceans. We imagined that the company’s commitment would close the chapter . . . 

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Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

By on December 4, 2017 with 2 Comments
Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

As we enter the final month of the year, I’ll blog frequently on the highlights of 2017, beginning today with a pretty extraordinary year in the courts. The HSUS’s cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers has been pushing the cause forward in the courts and in legislative assemblies at the state and federal level. Each . . . 

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