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PVH Corp bans exotic skins after PETA appeal

Tom Shearsmith
11 September 2020

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

The move follows over a decade of lobbying from PETA and a recent report about the wildlife trade's connection to contagious diseases like COVID-19. 

Tommy Hilfiger said in a statement to PETA: "At Tommy Hilfiger, we're committed to creating a better fashion industry by creating fashion that 'Wastes Nothing and Welcomes All'.

"We have always and will always take the environment, human rights, our community and related matters very seriously, which is why we don't use fur or exotic skins in any of our collections. Together, we can drive fashion forward for good."

PETA Director of Corporate Projects Yvonne Taylor, said: "PETA is toasting PVH Corp for banning exotic-animal skins from its collections. As wildlife biologists point out, in addition to being cruel and unnecessary, the capture, confinement, and slaughter of wild animals is what spawns pandemics, such as the one we're all suffering through now."

PETA and its affiliates have documented that in the exotic-skins industry alligators, snakes and exotic birds face unnecessary and cruel treatment.

PVH joins Mulberry, Paul Smith, Jil Sander, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, HUGO BOSS, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, and many other companies in who have made a stance in the last few years and banned the use of exotic skins.

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