Burberry Bans Fur From China
Thanks to Heather Mills McCartney
April 14, 2006

A fur-trimmed look from the fall/winter Burberry Prorsum runway

(NEW YORK) Could animal activists soon be sporting Burberry plaid?

The British fashion house, most famous for its ubiquitous black, camel, red, and white check pattern, announced yesterday that it will no longer use any fur from China. The decision was made after Heather Mills McCartney, a vegan and staunch advocate for animal rights, showed footage of a raccoon dog being skinned alive in China to a top Burberry executive.

"We applaud Burberry for making this humane move and ending its use of fur from China," Michael Markarian, executive vice president at The Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement. "Chinese fur farming practices are among the most cruel and barbaric, and we hope that other fashion houses and designers will follow Burberry's lead." The HSUS is the nation's largest animal protection organization.

In a statement issued to The HSUS, a Burberry spokesperson said, "Clear evidence came to light of extreme cruelty inflicted on animals by the fur trade in China. We acted immediately to cease all use of this particular fur and have stopped sourcing fur from China." The international retailer has stores on five continents, including 32 stores in the United States. Burberry operates 28 retail locations in China.

Raccoon dog fur from China is commonly used for trim on the collars of jackets and other garments. Burberry's fall collection, celebrating its 150th anniversary, featured about half a dozen looks trimmed in fur, though it was primarily fox fur.