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Style icon Anna Dello Russo withdrew all fur coats from sale in her archive auction with Christie’s Milan at the weekend, and donated the pieces to animal rights charity PETA’s fur amnesty programme.

The organization wrote to the fashion editor in January requesting the donation.

According to PETA: “[We plan] to use the coats in high-profile educational displays to highlight the plight of animals killed for their fur or as bedding for sick and orphaned animals in sanctuaries.”

Moving away

Anna Dello Russo said: “The fashion community is increasingly moving away from fur – and so am I.

“This auction is about passing my heritage on to the next generation – but as someone who cares about animals, I no longer feel comfortable passing these fur garments on to others.

“Instead, I’ve decided to donate them to PETA to ensure they’re used in a meaningful way to help animals.”

PETA has made a number of educational videos about fur

Pain

PETA Director, Elisa Allen, added: “Anna Dello Russo’s coats will be gratefully received.

“When people learn about the pain that animals endure at the hands of the fur industry, they often choose to send their fur items to PETA so that we can use them in educational displays that help prevent more animals from suffering for fashion.”

Anna Dello Russo joins Mariah Carey, Kim Cattrall, and Anjelica Huston in donating items to the fur amnesty programmes of PETA or its international affiliates.

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.