Burlington goes fur-free

By on November 17, 2017 with 101 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Today I’m pleased to announce that Burlington Stores (formerly Burlington Coat Factory), after discussions with The HSUS, has gone 100 percent fur-free – no full-length furs, no fur trim, no fur at all in the company’s vast offerings of coats and other garments. Burlington has nearly 600 stores and $6 billion in revenue, and its fur-free policy represents the latest example of a company responding to consumers’ changing attitudes about animals and cleansing its supply chain of animal fur.

This has been an extraordinary year for the anti-fur movement, with Gucci committing last month to a fur-free policy. Earlier in the year, Yoox Net-a-Porter made a similar announcement. And last year, The HSUS teamed up with Armani to make a similar pledge. Burlington’s action adds a mainstream, middle-class brand to the roster of successes.

According to its new policy, “Burlington Stores will not knowingly procure or sell items containing real animal fur beginning in the Fall of 2017.” Moreover, because Burlington’s buying-in-bulk model could result in mistakes where fur inadvertently ends up in its possession, the company is taking laudable steps to ensure that it doesn’t profit from such mistakes, and that mistakenly-procured fur items don’t end up in the open market.

“If we learn of real animal fur in our assortments, we will either return that merchandise to the vendor or donate the merchandise to a charitable, not-for-resale organization,” the policy stipulates.

Through the years, Burlington and The HSUS have collaborated to address a number of problems within the fur industry. In the late 1990s, The HSUS worked with Burlington to rid its shelves of dog fur. At that time, no federal law prohibited the import of cat and dog fur, but after dog fur was found in Burlington’s stock, the company vigorously took action, working with us to help Congress pass the Dog and Cat Protection Act of 2000, which made selling dog fur illegal. Years later, The HSUS discovered real fur being sold as faux fur by some of the biggest names in fashion – including Barneys NY, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Burlington. This led to the Truth in Fur Labeling Act, which gave consumers the information needed to avoid real animal fur.

With the marketplace amply supplied with faux fur garments, and other synthetic and natural fibers, there’s no excuse to use fur, given what we know about the cruelty of killing animals with body-gripping traps or by electrocution or by breaking their necks on fur farms. We applaud Burlington for this important move, and we hope that others in the sector follow suit. A fur-free future is starting to take shape, and we’ll be none the worse for it in terms of our style or warmth. And, most importantly, we’ll be doing so much better in fulfilling our duties to the creatures who depend on our goodness and mercy.

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  1. Charlene Jenkins says:

    THANK YOU Burlington

    • Lori Sears says:

      Thank you Burlington

    • Randy says:

      When all the fur bearing animals suffer from rabies and distemper and mange because we no longer control their population. I hope all you tree huggers get to see the terrible death they will go through

      • Laura Umphenour says:

        Whenever humans over population spreads more diseases, we can thank you pro-creationists.

      • Hannah says:

        Randy are you mentally challenged? Animals killed for fur are bred solely for that purpose. The fur industry does nothing to control the population considering they don’t just capture wild animals and kill them for fur, they selectively breed more domesticated versions of wild animals for traits such as thicker coats etc. They’re kept in cages.

      • Nancy says:

        Randy, that is such an incredibly stupid comment to make. A good majority of the furbearing animals used in the fur industry are contained in cages on factory farms where disease actually increases because of the conditions. Many are killed by shoving an electrode up the rectum and attaching another clamp to their tongue to kill them without marring the fur. You don’t have to be a tree hugger to not approve of torturing any living thing.
        If you extrapolate on your comment about preventing diseases by killing to control populations, then just think of how many dollars we could save if we didn’t prolong human lives by artificial means.

      • Yuki Endo says:

        Randy, you’re disgraceful. It not just Vegans who don’t like to wear real furs either. There are non-vegans who refuse to wear real fur because they have some hearts. Lots of non vegans knows wearing real furs will not make you romantic, rich or popular. Burlington Coat Factory made a right choice.
        Don’t accuse everyone of tree hugger. Vegans and some non vegans don’t like to wear real fur. Stop putting nasty comments.

      • Kevin Hornick says:

        Hello, have you not heard of fur farms? Animals are confined in small cages in deplorable conditions and inhumanely slaughtered. Let nature take care of wildlife, nature has checks and balances, quite thinking like a cave man.

    • Chloe says:

      Yeah!!! Thank you, Burlington!!

  2. Judith Debauche says:

    Thank you Burlington and HSUS! This is great news for humanity and animal cruelty. Selling and wearing fur has no place in modern times!

  3. Angie King says:

    This is WONDERFUL news!!!!

  4. Jana Jackson says:

    Thank you.❤️

  5. Valerie says:

    That’s wonderful news! THANK YOU❤️

  6. Valerie Halton says:

    Fur is a thing of the past, so cruel and unnecessary!

  7. Martha beals says:

    Thank you!

  8. Lori Shaw says:

    Please continue to work on getting all manufacturers to stop using any animal products, fur, down, even products described as fake fur is really dog fur, especially in products coming from any Asian countries!

    • Star says:

      Fyi – that was changed years ago. You’re way behind. There’s even a mention & link in the article if you care to look into it a little.

  9. Amy says:

    Thank you Burlington! You are to be commended on having a heart in doing the right thing!

  10. Holli kelly says:

    Thank you for doing the right thing and making this world a better place!

  11. Ana fracassi says:


  12. Diamira Lorenzi says:

    BLESS YOU ❣️🐾❣️🐾

  13. Sharon gollwitzer says:

    Thank You!!!!!

  14. Sharon gollwitzer says:

    Thank You!!

  15. Trish W says:

    Thank you Burlington! With all the synthetic materials available now, the is clearly no need for animal fur.

  16. Leigh Mahon says:

    Thank you!

  17. Cindy Peckham says:

    Thank you on behalf of the animals. I will shop there even more now.

  18. Pam Kersjes says:

    Thank u Burlington💖💖

  19. Lainie Molloy says:

    Great job Burlington!

  20. Alina says:

    Thank you so much for your brave choice

  21. Leisa Luse says:

    Thank you Burlington for your stand and going fur-free! As an animal lover I love this and would never buy a fur accessory. Love it!

  22. Ariana mindelzun says:

    Thank you sooooooo much for changing your ways and going fur free. Now you can go to sleep st night knowing you’re not contributing to a barbaric, cruel practice.
    Thank you!

  23. Alison Asejo says:

    Great news! Thank you to Burlington for leading the way towards ending the cruel use of fur for clothing.

  24. Gina Anthony says:

    Thank you Burlington Coat Factory for going fur free!!! This is so wonderful!!!

  25. Fiana says:

    Thank u

  26. Carol diBenedetto says:

    Great news thanks so much! Now all the stores should do the same!!

  27. Andrea Harrell says:

    Thank you Burlington Stores for going fur free!

  28. Emily says:

    Thank you!

  29. Barbara says:

    Thank you , thank you, thank you Burlington!!! You made the best decision!!!

  30. Dagne Fisher says:

    THANK YOU, Burlington, for making this compassionate and mindful decision. Hopefully your example will spread to other retailers as well. Props to you for doing the right thing!

  31. Emily says:

    Thank you times a million!!

  32. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much!

  33. cheryl watters says:

    Thank you, Burlington!! You have a heart!!

  34. Linda says:

    Great news! 👌🏻

  35. Kristine Hofmann says:

    Thank you Burlington! Wonderful decision!

  36. CAROLINA says:


  37. Justin says:

    Thank you thank you thank you, Burlington.

  38. Hellen says:

    Thank you!
    U got a new customer now !

  39. Jessica says:

    Awesome news thank you Burlington!

  40. Adriana says:

    Thank you!

  41. Michele Corso says:

    Thank you Burlington! Never really went there before but I will start today.

  42. J.Cristina says:

    Thank you

  43. Nancy Gallant-Turner says:

    What an honourable thing to do. Thank you Burlington. You rock

  44. Kristin Baker says:

    Thank you for giving animals a voice too.

  45. Dave Walls says:

    I’m assuming they still use leather, right?

  46. Joan Barrett says:

    Burlington, thank you! Perhaps other clothing manufacturers will not follow your lead.

  47. Susana Anschutz says:

    Thank you B for fur free !!!!

  48. Tara cioffi says:

    Thank you!

  49. Teresa says:

    Thank You Burlington for going fur free!

  50. Martha says:

    Thank you for doing what is right 💗🙌🏽

  51. Laurel Abraham says:

    Thank you so very much!!

  52. Karen Bryant says:

    Thank you Burlington for not supporting killing of animals for their fur.

  53. Michele Burhifer says:

    Thank you Burlington! You set the bar for others to follow.

  54. Vicki McCawley says:

    Heartfelt thanks, Burlington. I am now a fan.

  55. Alicia says:

    Thank you! This means life for so many innocent animals.

  56. Silvia Rocha says:

    Thank you Burlington hoping and praying more will follow your sample

  57. David Roers says:

    Woot! Thanks.

  58. L says:

    Thank you Burlington! You just gained a new customer

  59. E. C. says:

    THANK YOU for going fur free.

  60. Shannon Osborne says:

    Good news. Thank you, Burlington, for doing the humane thing.

  61. Tara Czekaj says:

    Thank you for this compassionate decision, Burlington! You are leading the charge among stores to do the right thing.

  62. Melanie says:

    What a great decision. Thank you for doing the right thing!!! Animal lovers support companies that are making these kinds of decisions and there are a lot of us out here!!!

  63. Jane says:

    Thank you Burlington! You made a wonderful decision. You have a new customer because of this change.

  64. Nan Andresen says:

    Thank you, ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  65. Cindi Hughes says:

    Thank you so much; great decision!

  66. Gretchen Edmiston says:

    Thank YOU Burlington. This means so much to so many innocent lives. I appreciate your being responsible and kind toward animals.

  67. Gretchen Edmiston says:

    Every store that accepts responsibility to fight animal torture is a friend to a responsible world that values all biodiversity and our fight for the lives of animals that have been so mistreated for their skins. Burlington is my new hero.Thank YOU.

  68. Iris dobbyn says:

    Well done, restored my faith in humanity

  69. Douglas Bittinger says:

    Thank you Burlington for responding to consumers’ changing attitudes about animals and cleansing your supply chain of animal fur. And thank you HSUS for your role in this change.

  70. Michele Cella says:

    Thank you for going fur-free! It shows a deep recognition of our moral obligation to care for the animals, and we are truly grateful!

  71. Ty Savoy says:

    The momentum vs the cruel fur business is Unstoppable ! Thank you HSUS and Burlington !

  72. Rachael says:

    Thank you for going fur free and setting a good example for other retailers!

  73. Sally Taylor says:

    Wonderful news! Thank you!

  74. Lauren says:

    Proud to support Burlington! Thank you for this amazing change!

  75. JD St Mark says:

    One business at a time ….we are coming closer to being a fur free world…..
    THANK YOU Burlington…for seeing the perversion of murdering animals for their fur

  76. Ladydi says:

    Thank you and you now have my business and support!

  77. Michele says:

    Thank you for holding compassion above other less important things. Animals need all the compassion they can get.

  78. Sascha says:

    Thank you Burlington!

  79. Nancy says:

    Thank you Burlington and HS US. I’ve been advocating for eliminating fur in the fashion trade since I was a teenager, over 40 years. Perhaps by the time I die this will be the rule throughout the world. Thank you for taking this humane action.

  80. Luis Castro says:

    Thank you Burlington .

  81. Patricia cefalo says:

    Thank you so much 😊

  82. Alice Traband says:

    Thank you Burlington

  83. Alice Traband says:

    Thank you

  84. Marylu says:

    Thank u Burlington. I promise to give u a lot more of my business from now on.

  85. M.W. says:

    THANK YOU Burlington!! 👍🏼

  86. Michele Jankelow says:

    Thank you for making a responsible, respectable and compassionate company decision.

  87. Cheryl Loots says:

    THANK YOU Burlington!! Smiles all around 🙂

  88. Yuki Endo says:

    Thank you Burlington Factory for making wonderful decision to go fur free for sakes of animals. We like to kiss your front entrance for doing the right thing.

  89. Katie says:

    Thank You Burlington



  91. bdaniel says:

    Randy. I picture you is a very unstable crabby angry man. (Unless you’re a woman.)
    Ignorance is bliss.

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