In a move sure to raise eyebrows throughout the retail/fashion industry, retailer JCREW has decided to end the sale of clothing containing animal fur as of November 30, 2005. The move comes amid protest from animal rights groups most notably People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA celebrated the announcement with the following press release:
For 11 weeks, PETA’s supporters have waged a vigorous campaign against retailer J.Crew, capturing headlines and attention throughout the nation and demanding that the chain stop selling fur clothing, fur trim, and fur accessories. This pressure, along with a tremendous outcry from J.Crew’s own customers, who were shocked to see that the retailer was supporting the violent and bloody fur industry, paid off on November 30, 2005, when J.Crew confirmed that it will no longer sell fur.
Uncorking a bottle of champagne and accompanied by a giant “fox,” Lady Heather Mills McCartney, who helped launch PETA’s boycott with a protest outside J.Crew’s Madison Avenue store in New York, will celebrate J.Crew’s announcement that it has ended all fur sales and is pulling all fur from its stores during the busiest selling season of the year.
Joining the ranks of top fashion retailers H&M, Forever 21, Gap Inc., Banana Republic, and others that do not sell fur, J.Crew is sending a powerful message to the clothing industry that putting rabbits, coyotes, foxes, and other animals through horrible lives and torturous deaths will not be tolerated.
To learn more about why you and your favorite retailer should never buy any fur, please watch this video.
Please thank J.Crew for proving that truly stylish clothing doesn’t come from tortured animals:
Millard S. Drexler, Chair & CEO
J.Crew Group, Inc.
New York, NY 10003