BREAKING NEWS: Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s ditch fur

By on October 21, 2019 with 66 Comments

In a landmark announcement that brings us closer than ever to the demise of fur, Macy’s Inc. — the parent company of the iconic American department stores Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s — says it will go fur-free by the end of 2020. This includes permanently closing all of its fur vaults and salons, areas of the store dedicated to fur products.

Macy’s is a retail behemoth — the largest U.S. department store with 900 stores in 44 states. It is also something of an institution, with an unparalleled reach into American hearts and homes. The company’s flagship store in New York City has long been associated with popular culture and high fashion. When a company like this says no to fur, it is a clear sign that the days of this unnecessary commodity are numbered.

The Humane Society of the United States is proud to have worked closely with Macy’s behind the scenes in helping the company make this humane-minded decision. In a press release today, Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. said: “Over the past two years, we have been closely following consumer and brand trends, listening to our customers, and researching alternatives to fur. We’ve listened to our colleagues…and we have met regularly on this topic with the Humane Society of the United States and other NGOs. Macy’s private brands are already fur free, so expanding this practice to across all Macy’s, Inc. is the natural next step.”

The announcement from Macy’s builds on an avalanche of fur-free policies adopted by popular fashion brands in recent years, including Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, Burberry and many others. Earlier this month, California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a ban on fur sales into law, setting a trend that more American states and cities will no doubt follow. Globally, more than a dozen European countries, including the United Kingdom, Austria, the Czech Republic, Norway and the Netherlands have also passed laws to restrict the cruel fur trade. Just last week, the Slovakian National Council approved a ban on fur farming, committing to close the last of its mink and rabbit fur farms by 2025. Ireland is in the process of passing a ban on fur production. And a draft bill has been introduced in Bulgaria.

The fur industry simply cannot justify the cruelty it inflicts on 100 million animals each year—including foxes, mink, rabbits and raccoon dogs. Last week, Humane Society International/United Kingdom released a shocking investigation that shows the terrible suffering of foxes and mink in filthy cages on fur farms in Finland. When the animals are just eight months old, they are killed and skinned, so a human somewhere can wear a fur coat or fur trim.

Animals trapped for their fur in the wild are no better off. They languish in leghold traps, often for days without food or water, before they are cruelly killed. The cruelty is especially unnecessary because alternatives that simulate the look and feel of fur are now widely available, and are more luxurious and sustainable than ever before. Just last month, Stella McCartney released Koba faux fur, a fur made from a blend of corn and recycled materials that is both environment-friendly and animal-friendly.

We are proud to be part of the revolution that is working to bring an end to this suffering, and we will continue to fight this scourge globally until it is wiped off the face of the earth. Today’s announcement from Macy’s gives us added inspiration and our movement even greater momentum as we continue to work toward a fur-free future.

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  1. Maria A Prio says:

    Hurrah! Humaneness wins!

  2. Ann Katcef says:

    This is incredibly great news! I really stopped liking to shop at the stores because of the fur sales.

    This has been long-awaited for good news.

  3. Jessica M-E Nitsch says:

    So glad to hear this!!!

  4. Cindy Ward says:

    I’m saluting Macy’s and Bloomingdales for their decision. But why take so long. Make it immediate.

  5. Valerie Ross says:

    I have called Macy’s and Bloomingdales many times when I lived in MD. I told the store managers I would not shop at their stores until they discontinued selling fur products. If everyone would contact stores that sell fur products and voice their concern for the animals, they would all stop selling fur products! Victory!!

  6. Debbie says:

    Wonderful News! Made my day. Long time coming.

  7. Ester says:

    Wow long time coming, I may shop ther again someday

  8. Earline Clason says:

    Great news!!!!!

  9. Paige Barbara woodall says:

    The work you do and have done has saved many many animals from suffering.

    I appreciate your work and will always
    Support you and encourage others for
    their support …
    I still pray every nite for the dogs and cats being slaughteted for food or sometimes for the fun if it!

  10. Judy Vandergrift says:

    It’s about time! Hopefully other animals fish and even Lobster are being treated horribly. Keep up the good work Humane Society!

  11. Carol Harde says:

    This is wonderful!!

  12. Tamara Bedic Esq. says:

    Congrats, Macy’s for stepping up and doing the reading the writing on the wall.

  13. Joanne says:

    Way to go. I’m proud of that. Stay forever….

  14. Lynn says:

    So happy thank you for working so hard to close the fur industry great news it is so cruel

  15. Tammy Godusi says:

    Great news-Hopefully stores like Neiman Marcus will follow. I never shop where fur trade is promoted or supported in anyway.

    Thank you Macy’s for caring about animal rights!

  16. Karen warner says:

    Fake furs are so realLike, and keep you warm, why torture beautiful animals??? Thank you Macy’s

  17. Jenny says:

    This is the best news I’ve heard in a long time.

  18. Susan Gilbert says:

    This was too long in coming should have been in place years ago glad they finally came around!

  19. Thomas says:

    It’s about time

  20. Alice Poremba says:

    This is absolutely definitely great news and great comfort knowing that all the petitions signed and all the people who have done so much hard work and the compassion in their hearts paid off for another store to ban fur sales. Hurray for humanity

  21. Diana Cheverton says:

    Bravo Macy’s!

  22. Anita Marlin says:

    Thank you for giving us some good news today!

  23. Margaret Gordon says:

    Should be effective as of yesterday. But a victory nonetheless.✌

  24. Dee Stangarone says:

    What an awesome decision! I will definitely support these two stores!! Way to go!!

  25. Sally Palmer says:

    It shows once again that every voice for the voiceless counts, and that HSUS has helped us learn why, where, and how to speak up for animals!

  26. Kevin Kaminer says:

    Wonderful news! Let’s kick our humane efforts into high gear on all fronts. Ditch all animal testing and support companies offering meat substitutes. The more time, funding and effort put into these products will soon have them to the point where you can’t tell any difference whatsoever in them and actual meat. Let’s all work together to put an end to any kind of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, or exploitation of animals.

  27. Norma says:

    Hurrah to Macy’s and all for a step of mankind realizing love and compassion on Earth. Let us set our sights on compassion in slaughtering animals and in the BLM ceasing roundups of our wild horses and burros. We are getting there.

  28. Roberta Rose says:

    I agree,now if we could get the labs to stop torturing animals, but small steps

  29. Steph says:

    I’ve stood outside there w my daughter (then 12) with signs, being told “Get a job”. (IT WAS SATURDAY) Congrats to the crusaders, for even if this is to copy Michael Kors, etc, and little care re: animals, it’s a win.

  30. Sherrill Williams says:

    Omg ! Fabulous! The world is waking up to how to treat every living creature! What a celebration of life!!!!!💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾

  31. R Leong says:

    It’s about time!

  32. GaelM says:

    About time!! Now if only Anna Wintour who is the editor of vogue magazine would get rid of fur from Vogue publications. Come on Anna have a heart!

  33. TJ Meyers says:

    Yes! One more for the innocent! Onto the next, until there are none.

  34. Loretta Riquetti says:

    Great news! Thank you, Humane Society!

  35. Grace says:

    Better late than never! Proud of them. All should stop, maybe this will be a clarion call.

  36. Anne says:

    I’m thrilled that Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s have promised to stop selling fur by the end of next year. Fur Free Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. Protest at your local fur stores. They all need to stop!

  37. Nancy Yeeting says:

    this is fantastic,finally a good outcome for the animals,the next thing to do to end animal suffering is to ban animal testing.

  38. Madeline Hernandez says:

    Thanks for taking many jobs away from millions of people the minks are going to over populate anyway and become a problem and then what happens then why do you feel you can tell people what to do with there money every one has the right there freedom of choice who do you think you are to take that way….the animals will Dye anyway why not let it go for a good cause ….. it’s time to STOP trying to take FREEDOM away the freedom of choice

    • Adam William Silber says:

      Humans are a virus that pollute, exploit, and seem to care less about the damage they cause..Being that you show no empathytothis damaging cruel product..you are in that class..Worthless humans, that think they deserve death to look fashionable are pathetic..

    • Yuki Endo says:

      I think Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s store going fur free because they not allowed to sell real fur products in California under new law, which prevent selling of real furs in State of California.
      Anyone here live in NYC, please call your NYC Council Members to support Intro 1476A which law prohibit sales of rear fur in NYC, introduced by Speaker Courey Johnson.
      Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s going the right step, next we need Bergendorf Goodman, all Saks 5th Av stores, D&G, Keith, Paragon Sporting Good to follow their footsteps.

  39. Carol Ann Smith says:

    The ONLY reason I do not shop @ Macy’s is because they sell fur fashions. Seeing this new developement, I am pleased on several levels. Thank you from animal lovers everywhere. ❤

  40. Michelle says:

    We live in an age where we no longer need fur to stay warm this was simply vanity cruel and inhuman glad to see such a positive trend using recycling instead of killing finally justice is underway!!!!

  41. Mary says:

    The end of 2020?? Too many innocent animals suffering because of stupid people

  42. Mad Kate says:

    Great news!!! How come it will take Slovakia until 2025 to close the fur farms?

  43. Jack Foster Mancilla says:

    Why not start now? Why continue for another year of skinning once living beings for vanity?

  44. Kathy Flocco-McMaster says:

    That is awesome news! Now, how about leather?

  45. Frances Brown says:

    Wonderful news ever! And more caring, and less abuse 🙏🙏

  46. Andrea Chu says:

    I am proud about this. I’m sure the fight for this must have been intense. I’m so glad it is happening. What I have to say is a word of pray of which animals it is and has been to late for. What about the animal that are still used before 2020. So let us all say a sad pray for all those animals we cannot help anymore. For those who made the change take place thank u. And God please send this change to all our animal lives and those who fought for them. God bless everyone especially our animals.

  47. Andrea Chu says:

    I am proud about this. I’m sure the fight for this must have been intense. I’m so glad it is happening. What I have to say is a word of pray of which animals it is and has been to late for. What about the animal that are still used before 2020. So let us all say a sad pray for all those animals we cannot help anymore. For those who made the change take place thank u. And God please send this change to all our animal lives and those who fought for them. God bless everyone especially our animals.

  48. Shirin says:

    Yes, Finally 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  49. Myke King says:

    Owning a real fur is egotistically cruel. A status symbol that turns me off from anyone wearing one.
    I abhor the person selling; I abhor the person wearing.

  50. Sofia says:

    Finally!! Now I hope other stores and designers follow suit!!

  51. Gail says:

    Agreed. Needed to be said too. Blessings.Shouldnt of even taken them this long The only reason they decided too is because it’s no longer profitable for them thankfully. Not because they give a damn about the animals suffering.

  52. Cheryl giordano says:

    Why so long. ., honestly this should have been done so long ago. . !!!! People that we’re furs are selfish people I’d like to see them skinned and let me wear them the torture that an animal goes through is Ridiculous!!! I’m glad they’re finally doing something about it but why another year stop it now please for the sake of humanity for the sake of these poor animals stop the cruelty you’re ready

  53. Ruth says:

    Definitely will be supporting these stores. Thank you Macy’s and Bloomingdales

  54. Cheryl says:

    Thank you so much for stopping the cruelty of beautiful animals. Will shop there! ♥

  55. Priscilla Mcvey says:

    This is great news. However I am still baffled by PETA. Coats , shoes, hats, gloves are made from animal skin. What could possibly be done about that?

  56. Yuki Endo says:

    Thank you Macy’s for ending real fur vaults in your stores and Bloomingdale’s.
    Don’t listen to fur industry trolls.
    Anyone here live in NYC, please call your NYC Council Members to support Intro 1476A which law prohibit sales of rear fur in NYC, introduced by Speaker Courey Johnson.
    Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s going the right step, next we need Bergendorf Goodman, all Saks 5th Av stores, D&G, Keith, Paragon Sporting Good to follow their footsteps.

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