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Join Project Runway’s Tim Gunn In Helping True Fashion Victims: Animals

Join Project Runway’s Tim Gunn In Helping True Fashion Victims: Animals

Tim Gunn, a fashion consultant, television personality, and chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne, believes in freedom of choice, but he urges people to make fully informed choices when it comes to wearing fur, leather, and wool. He recently narrated Fashion Victims, an eye-opening video that shows viewers exactly what happens to animals whose skins wind up in retail stores. If you wear any animal pelts, you may want to watch the video and sign the pledge to choose only cruelty-free fashions. Or, show the video to anyone else who may be compelled to make kinder clothing choices.

Millions of minks, foxes, beavers, and other fur-bearing animals are trapped, drowned, beaten, electrocuted, suffocated, or skinned alive for their fur every year, and countless cows, pigs, goats, and sheep suffer and die for the leather, and wool industries. (Leather isn’t “just” a slaughterhouse byproduct. Slaughterhouses rely on the sale of skins to remain profitable; skin is the most economically important byproduct of the meat-packing industry.)

Wool production involves more than a simple shearing. Much of the world’s wool comes from Australia, where farmers cut hunks of flesh off of lambs’ hindquarters—a painful procedure known as mulesing. When Australian sheep age and no longer produce as much wool, they’re shipped to slaughter in Middle Eastern countries with few animal welfare regulations. (Click here to learn more about wool production in Australia and other countries.)

Fortunately, it’s easy to find stylish, animal-friendly alternatives to fur, leather, and wool. A number of companies, including Alternative Outfitters, matt & nat, MooShoes,  Pangea, and Vegan Essentials, sell only vegan products, and many other retailers, including Delia’s, Ecolution, New Balance, Skechers, and, sell at least some leather and fur alternatives. (Four companies—Patagonia, Payless ShoeSource, NY Artificial, and Jaan J.—just won Proggy Awards from PETA for their animal-friendly fashions.).  

Countless other companies sell animal-free apparel made from cotton blends, rayon, polyester fleece, and other cruelty-free fibers. They’re just as warm as wool, but kinder (and less itchy). A growing number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M, Nike, Gap, Marks & Spencer, Hugo Boss, Timberland, American Eagle, Columbia Sports Wear, Liz Claiborne, and Kukdong Corporation, the manufacturer and distributor of Pierre Cardin, NAFNAF, and Jack & Jill brands, refuse to use Australian wool in their garments until mulesing and live exports stop. 

By pledging never to wear wool, leather, and fur—and showing Fashion Victims to your friends and family—you can help save animals’ skin. You can also help animals by distributing anti-fur leaflets in front of fur salons or operas, theaters, and other places where people tend to wear fur. Spread the word about leather and wool by writing letters, wearing pro-animal buttons or stickers, holding demonstrations, and distributing literature. Try handing out leaflets in shopping centers, malls, and schools, or leaving a stack at your gym, doctor’s office, or hair salon. Whatever you do, keep at it. After all, compassion never goes out of fashion.

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6:27AM PST on Jan 11, 2009

Yayyy Tim Gunn!! We need more and more of this out there...I think if people realize what happens to these poor helpless creatures they will quit wearing fur. (i like to think so at least) It just sickens me..I never watch the videos, can't stomache it. But, I think if you own a fur coat, or if you are thinking of buying one you should watch it. Also, thanks for listing the cruelty free retailers. We need to be conscious shoppers and keep those retailers that care profitable!

3:20PM PST on Jan 10, 2009

This is good to see - let's hope it makes some difference.
A bit of a contrast to this creep!

1:03PM PST on Jan 10, 2009

Tim Gunn has done a great service to the animals used in the fashion industry. Of course I'm not dumb enough to think this is the end of fur in fashion but if his opinion matters to some in the industry then that is a big step. I hope that he can have an impact on his co-star, Michael Corrs on Project Runway who still insists on using fur. (he says "While people are willing to pay for it he will continue to use it"). and have a greater influence on the designers on the show that go on to influence so many.

11:13AM PST on Jan 10, 2009

Thanks to Tim Gunn for his concern and compassion!

10:11AM PST on Jan 10, 2009

Awesome! I've never been a fan of fur or wool garments myself, but now I have something to show to people who do. Hopefully, this video will be enough to change their minds.

10:11AM PST on Jan 10, 2009

Awesome! I've never been a fan of fur or wool garments myself, but now I have something to show to people who do. Hopefully, this video will be enough to change their minds.

2:17PM PST on Jan 9, 2009

Tim Gunn may make a difference.

9:20AM PST on Jan 9, 2009

At one point in my life I had a mink stole. At the time it was purchased, I really didn't give any thought to what it really was - dead little animals. Oh my! When the reality hit, I donated it to an animal shelter to be used as a blanket in cold weather.

I heard of someone who approached a producer of a Broadway show and asked if she could substitute the dead animal furs for man-made ones. Guess what, the producer was happy to accommodate.

I know we all can't be activist of that magnitude, but it only takes a little effort for each of us to do our part.

8:54AM PST on Jan 9, 2009

It is the epitome of self-absorption, coupled with an inherent lack of empathy, to wear fur knowing that countless animals suffered and died for your vaniety. Who on planet earth thinks fur is still something to covet?

8:21AM PST on Jan 9, 2009

yay! :)

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