Sex Education star Gillian Anderson urges Versace to ban exotic skins

Read Time:   |  3rd August 2022

Acclaimed actor Gillian Anderson is urging fashion giants to remove exotic skins from collections after teaming up with vegan charity PETA.

Sex Education star Gillian Anderson is calling on Capri Holdings – owner of fashion giants including Versace, Jimmy Choo, and Michael Kors – to ban exotic skins.

The acclaimed actor has written a letter to the company, urging it follows in suit of brands such as Mulberry and Chanel, who have already removed exotic skins from its collections.

Vegan charity PETA will read Anderson’s letter to the organisation today, during its annual shareholder meeting.

‘Extreme cruelty’

“We’re pleased that Capri recently invested in Desserto—an innovative vegan cactus-leather company,” the letter reads.

“Capri clearly understands that the future of fashion lies in animal-free and environmentally responsible materials that appeal to today’s informed and socially conscious consumers. 

“Given that Capri has pledged to do its part to make alternative, low-impact materials a reality for the fashion industry, the company must do more to uphold this pledge, starting with no longer sourcing exotic-animal skins. 

“From Texas to Indonesia, South Africa, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe, PETA U.S. and other PETA entities have exposed extreme cruelty to animals exploited in the global exotic-skins industry.”

Gillian Anderson fights against fur

This isn’t the first time the star has used her platform for good. 

Last year, following the Covid pandemic outbreak, Anderson urged fashion house Saint Lauren to ditch the use of animal fur.

“Fur production requires toxic chemicals to keep pelts from decomposing, and fur farms are breeding grounds for disease,” she said.

“COVID-19 spread like wildfire among sick animals on fur farms, requiring governments to bring forward legislation to shut down these cruel and filthy establishments, from which the virus spread to both humans and wild animals. “

“It’s illogical to keep this dwindling, dangerous trade afloat for the sake of the few remaining unscrupulous designers who haven’t yet broken their fur habit.”

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