Former Spice Girl and now fashion designer Victoria Beckham banned exotic animal skins from her collections after “years of appeal” by animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Beckham confirmed this week that she would ditch exotic animal skins from her fashion line starting from fall 2019 onward as an answer to vegan appeals and to “reflect the wishes” of her customers.
“Victoria Beckham will cease the use of exotic skins in all collections as of AW19,” said Victoria Beckham in a statement.
She also confirmed that her brand never used animal fur and will never use them for her collections: “The Victoria Beckham brand has never used fur in its clothing or accessories collections and confirmed last year that the brand will remain fur-free.”
PETA has several exposés revealing the cruelty behind the exotic skin industry including alligators kept in dirty water inside dank, dark sheds until the workers hack their necks open and shove metal rods into their head usually while they are still conscious.
“Behind every crocodile, alligator, snake, or lizard handbag, or pair of shoes is a violent death,” Elisa Ellen, PETA director, said in a statement.
“Victoria Beckham’s decision to ban exotic skins will spare countless remarkable animals immense suffering, and PETA calls on other luxury brands to follow her kind example.”
Beckham now joins fashion brands Chanel, Gucci, and Michael Kors in banning exotic animal skins from all their collections.
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