Old Spitalfields Market in east London has announced that stallholders will not be permitted to sell animal fur from January 2018.
The announcement was made via the market’s Facebook page and read: “Following a review carried out by the Market, we have taken the decision to request stall holders do not offer animal fur for sale from the beginning of next year. The exact wording and details are still being worked out but we thought we’d share this now.”
The ban follows a number of similar announcements from fashion brands and retailers including Gucci, and Yoox Net-a-Porter, who have also pledged to go fur-free in 2018.
Yvonne Taylor, director of corporate projects at PETA, praised the move saying: ‘The British public is saying no to fur – and Old Spitalfields Market has listened. Today’s consumers want cruelty-free fashion – and PETA urges those markets still peddling real fur of any era to follow in Old Spitalfields Market’s footsteps so that they, too, can become shopping destinations fit for Britain in 2018.”
The opening of US store Canada Goose in London last month was disrupted by animal rights activists campaigning against the sale of the brand’s coyote fur Jackets. PETA claims the coyotes are caught in the wild in steel traps before being shot or bludgeoned to death; and that the geese providing the feathers for the company’s famous down jackets are also mistreated.
Canada Goose refuted these claims, saying: “PETA and other animal activists are grossly misinformed about our animal welfare practices. Canada Goose remains deeply committed to the responsible use and ethical sourcing of all animal materials in our products.”