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PETA protests against Urban Outfitters over animal abuse

Tom Shearsmith
30 September 2020

PETA has today launched an international campaign against Urban Outfitters, Inc, the parent company of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People.

Protesting outside Urban Outfitters' flagship London store, PETA is demanding that the group drop alpaca, wool, leather, cashmere, mohair, down, and silk from its' products.

Protesters, some dressed as animals, played audio of animals abuse and held graphic signs reading, "Urban Outfitters: Animals Are Not Clothing", to garner the attention of passersby.

In April, PETA bought stakes in two dozen brands and retailers with the aim of using its position as a shareholder to exert pressure on them to ban wool, mohair and cashmere products.

The animal rights group acquired stakes in Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Urban Outfitters and Versace and Michael Kors parent Capri Holdings.

In a statement, PETA Director Elisa Allen said: "Urban Outfitters brands want to reach progressive young people with their designs – but selling the skin, hair, and feathers of tormented animals will get them nowhere.

"Any material that's taken from an animal is a product of fear, and PETA is calling on Urban Outfitters to be true to its commitment to sustainability and ethical standards by selling only animal-friendly vegan fabrics, which it already stocks."

Earlier this month, PVH Corp, the parent company of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein banned the use of exotic-animal skins, citing that the decision is part of its “long-term strategy to drive fashion forward for good.”

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