Peta urges Mango to give up exotic skins
A leading international clothing company has banned the use of exotic animal skins in the design and manufacture of its products, following campaigns by animal rights groups.
Mango made the move after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) and its affiliates highlighted the extreme animal suffering that goes on in pursuit of exotic-skin items of clothing and accessories.
The Spanish fashion giant, which is based in Barcelona, is also outlawing the sale of fur items in all of its 2,060 stores around the world, including 70 UK stores, says Peta.
Mimi Bekhechi, manager of the animal charity, said: "Although we aren't as familiar with minks, foxes, snakes and alligators as we are with the cats and dogs with whom we share our lives, these animals suffer every bit as much when beaten, skinned alive and killed.
"We're asking retailers worldwide to follow Mango's lead and allow fur and exotic skins to remain on their original owners – the animals."
According to Peta, the fashion industry claims the lives of millions of minks, foxes, coyotes and rabbits every year, not to mention a large number of dogs and cats as well.
In countries around the world, exotic animals such as snakes, lizards, alligators and crocodiles are being hunted and killed for their skins.
A number of retailers have already taken similar action to Mango by adopting more ethical animal welfare policies including H&M and Topshop.
Others take this even further and produce only vegan items of clothing and accessories, ensuring that no animal products are used in the creation of their products.
One such ethical designer is Stella McCartney, who has found many fans among Hollywood's rich and famous thanks to her insistence on only producing ethical vegan fashion and her collections show that you can enjoy luxury without animals needing to suffer.