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Donna Karan Asked to Stop Using Rabbit Fur

B.K.S. Iyengar, the founder of Iyengar yoga, has written a letter asking fashion designer Donna Karan to stop using rabbit fur in her clothing. The ninety-two year old Iyengar said in the letter, “As a yoga practitioner, may I request you, on behalf of myself and my friends from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, to take a stand against using the fur of animals that is removed by the cruelest killing methods.” (Source:

PETA’s style of communication about Karan’s use of rabbit fur has been a little more aggressive than Iyengar’s. At a New York City protest, they reportedly blasted the sounds of screaming bunnies at people walking by–they also have an online petition to stop her. Rabbits apparently are mostly silent, except when they are scared they may scream. It is not at all likely to be a pleasant sound. Her Fall 2010 line used rabbit fur–you can see an example of a Donna Karan rabbit fur coat on her website. One version is nearly $5,000. said Karan’s rabbits are from China where they are treated brutally.

Sometimes they are kept in cages so small, they suffer spine injuries. This is just one example, the others are too grisly to mention here. WSPA has stated over 900 million rabbits are killed each year for their fur. Since there are plenty of reasonable alternatives to rabbit fur for clothing, none of these deaths are necessary. If you want to help rabbits, never buy any clothing made with rabbit fur. Doing so only keeps the companies who use rabbit fur believing it is a good way to make money, and continue killing an enormous number of rabbits for no good reason. It isn’t like Karan needs the money from selling rabbit fur clothing. One estimate said she is worth over two hundred million dollars.

Iyengar has recently also advocated for a vegetarian diet as a compassionate way of practicing non-violence towards animals.

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11:56AM PST on Nov 21, 2013

Please DO NOT buy FAUX FUR either, because it IS REAL FUR!!!! I began a petition citing the fact that China purposely mislabels real fur as faux, so that activists like us would be fooled into buying it so that these companies still make money.

9:07AM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

Danica R. possibly. I like that faux exist so i can make plushie dolls.
bit the fake stuff is mostly not natural

1:02AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

OK c'mon Donna, you're my favorite designer and I might have to look elsewhere to be dressed if you keep that nonsense up. I've been wearing your clothes for years sand they never had any fur of any kind on them. So PLEASE, don't start now!

8:35AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

The faux furs look just as good.

12:30PM PDT on May 9, 2011

Did sign the petition on PETA.

5:37PM PDT on May 8, 2011

so sad. who are we to use the lives of others in the name of fashion :(

4:52PM PDT on Apr 27, 2011

I am outraged that any fashion designers are still using real fur when there are perfectly good fake alternatives. It's totally unnecessary. At least there are some animal welfare standards (such as organic) for farmers producing animals for meat, so the consumer has some choice, but with the fur trade there are no animal welfare standards or traceability for where the fur has come from and what conditions the animal experienced. This needs to change!

9:06AM PDT on Apr 25, 2011

Unbelievable! I would happily watch Donna Koran being skinned alive, along with the Chinese, Vietnamese and any other people that treat animals the way that they do,Cruelty to animals is unforgivable!

8:44AM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

honestly what is the point of using animal fur??? if its that important to you then use faux fur my goodness. poor animals

3:26PM PDT on Apr 16, 2011

i am a vegan, and proud of it. those who use animals for greed should be skinned alive. i really mean that.

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