The clothing retail chain Papaya has decided to stop selling clothing containing animal fur.† It appears pressure from PETA in the form of videos sent to the company showing the horrific violence perpetrated against animals used for fur, caused the company to reverse their practice of selling animal fur. They also reportedly have implemented a fur-free policy for their 90 stores.
Twenty-two of their stores are in California, with most of those in the Los Angeles and San Diego metro areas, but some are also in the Bay Area. (They sell moderately priced clothing.) PETA senior vice president Dan Mathews said, “Papaya saves its customers from becoming fashion victims, and now the company’s anti-fur policy extends the same courtesy to animals.” (Source: PETA.org) Papaya will sell the few remaining items in its inventory that contain fur, but will not order new ones.
One of the PETA videos that contributed to the change is called Fashion Victims. (Warning: It might not be something you want to view unless you are emotionally ready for it.) Some other clothing companies with fur-free policies are Ann Bower, Calvin Klein, REI, Ralph Lauren, J. Crew and Ann Taylor. For more compassionate clothing retailers, view the Humane Society’s list of fur-free retailers.
Critics of PETA say their tactics are too obnoxious or aggressive, but in this case neither is true, and the results are undeniably positive.
Image Credit:† Mwanner