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More than 64,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to get fur banned from London Fashion Week, which starts in just two days.

The petition was set up two weeks ago – however, the number of signatures has more than doubled over the past 24 hours, reports The Metro.

Ed Winters, who started the petition, wrote:

“Every year the fur industry is responsible for the death of 1 billion rabbits and 50 million other animals – including foxes, minks, dogs, cats, racoons, chinchillas, seals and many more. Most of these animals are raised in fur farms, intensive facilities where the animals are kept in tiny cages and confined to a life of misery. These farms can hold thousands of animals and are designed to specifically maximise profits. These animals go insane performing psychotic repetitive behaviours such as circling endlessly in their cage as well as cannibalism and self-mutilation.”

In response to the petition, the British Fashion Council said:

“The British Fashion Council does not dictate what designers can or cannot design and has no control over their creative process. We actively encourage designers to look at best practice in their business and if they do chose to use fur then we encourage them to make ethical choices.”

Anti-fur activists are planning on protesting outside London Fashion Week as part of a SURGE event.

?Surge is an activism organisation dedicated to ending the suffering of animals through direct interventions

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