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Armani commits to fur-free policy


FOUR PAWS welcomes decision of the globally known fashion brand

World renownеd Italian luxury brand Armani announced today that it is committing to a total phase out of real animal fur in its products. Armani will leave out all real fur, including rabbit fur, from its collection starting from the fall/winter season 2016.


Giorgio Armani: “I am pleased to announce that the Armani Group has made a firm commitment to abolish the use of animal fur in its collections. Technological progress made over the years allows us to have valid alternatives at our disposal that render the use of cruel practices unnecessary with regards to animals. Pursuing the positive process undertaken long ago, my company is now taking a major step ahead, reflecting our attention to the critical issues of protecting and caring for the environment and animals.”


Armani committed to this policy after working with the Fur Free Alliance - an international coalition of 40 animal protection organizations working together to end the exploitation and killing of animals for fur. As a member of the Fur Free Alliance, FOUR PAWS welcomes Armani for committing to totally phasing out the use of real animal fur in its products.


Thomas Pietsch, wild animals expert at FOUR PAWS: „We are very pleased that with Armani another global fashion company sends out a clear message against the use and application of real fur and thus saves thousands of animals from terrible torture. Unfortunately, the use of fur as ornament on jackets or bags is still a booming billion dollar business. Therefore we hope that other big fashion companies will follow the good example of Armani.“


Most fur used in the fashion industry comes from fur farms, where wild animals are kept in small cages and killed by cruel methods that preserve the pelts - such as gassing and electrocution. On top of that, fur production has high environmental costs and health risks due to its chemical-heavy production process.


Joh Vinding, Chairman of the Fur Free Alliance: “Mr. Armani has been a trendsetter in the fashion world for decades and this latest announcement is proof that compassion and innovation are the future of fashion.”


By committing to a fur-free policy Armani joins other high-end brands – such as Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Stella McCartney - and acknowledges the ethical concerns of a new generation of fashion consumers.