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Fashion retailer H&M has pulled a controversial hoodie from its shelves following campaigns.
The orange hoodie was emblazoned with the slogan: “Dogfight in Random Alley.”
According to animal rights charity PETA: “Dogfighting – in which two dogs are pitted against each other and forced to rip each other to shreds – is horrific and illegal.”
A petition on change.org, signed by nearly 45,000 people, added: “Dogfighting is one of the most heinous activities that takes place in our society.
“It forces what is truly our ‘best friend’ to battle to the death for the ‘entertainment’ of humans, and is not only illegal, but an act of brutality against the humanity of the dogs as well as anyone with a conscience.
“We need to let H&M know that it is not only UNACCEPTABLE, but that we will not walk through their doors with such an article in that store for sale [sic].”
Now the store has removed the item from sale.
PETA Executive Vice President, Tracy Reiman, said: “Kind shoppers were appalled to see H&M selling a sweatshirt that glorified dogfighting.
“Removing this hoodie from the racks was the right thing to do, and PETA trusts that H&M will learn from this incident and never again stock clothing that endorses the exploitation and abuse of animals.”