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Top designer Jean Paul Gaultier has announced he will ditch fur from all future collections – saying the ways animals are killed for their fur are ‘absolutely deplorable’.

Gaultier made the announcement on French television last night, according to vegan charity PETA.

He joins Gucci, Versace, Galliano, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Vivienne Westwood, and Stella McCartney among others in banning fur from his collections.

Fur is dead

“The news comes after years of pressure from PETA, including a PETA member being tossed out of his Fashion Week show in 2002 after causing a runway ruckus with her anti-fur message, as well as takeover of his Paris boutique in 2006 led by PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk, and online activism against his furry ways since then,” a PETA Director of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi told Plant Based News.

“This decision is a sign of changed times, as most people no longer wish to wear anything from animals who were cruelly caged, electrocuted, bludgeoned to death or caught in steel traps, left to die slowly and painfully–the way coyotes are still being killed for the trim on Canada Goose jackets.

“Fur today is as dead as the poor animals it was stolen from, and any designers not clued up enough to see that may as well hang up their sewing needles now.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.