After Armani, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Burberry, it's time for Jean-Paul Gaultier to remove fur from his collections. And the first happy are the associations activists POKE (People for the ethical treatment of animals) for who this decision "is part of a time when most people oppose the cruelty involved in getting fur: capture and gasping, electrocution or slaughtering animals on farms, and capturing wild wildlife, caught in steel jaws that cut them to the bone ".
It is on the set of the show Good evening! (Canal +) that Jean-Paul Gaultier made this announcement after the journalist asked him if he still uses natural leather and fur. "Yes, listen, I'll fix it."answers the creator. "Sincerely, I think I've used it since I started, sometimes with recycled fur, it's true that the fur is more sensual than faux fur, but you can find fake fur. Being a creative part that will not hurt" he continues and regrets "how we kill animals".
– Good evening! (@Bonsoir) November 10, 2018
According to the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, 140 million animals are killed every year around the world "just for their fur". Within the European Union there are 6,000 livestock farms, making the EU one of the world's leading producers of mink (70%) and fox (63%) fur.
Gaultier is not the first big fashion figure to remove the fur from his dressing room. Giorgi Armani, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Ralph Laren, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Burberry and Versace have all made this decision in recent years. For the first time, fur was also absent on the podium of the London Fashion Week in September. A decision like "reflects the trend of the fashion industry but also the consumer's feelings and the status of several brand stores, moving from the sale of fur" of British Fashion Council (CFB).
In 2002, the PETA activists discontinued a parade of Jean-Paul Gaultier, while a group of activists led by Ingrid Newkirk (founding member) in 2006 broke into a red-colored color store and displayed posters where you can read "Death for sale".
If this announcement by the French designer is good news, the fight is not over for PETA who accuses in its last edition the mark Canada Goose Always use coyote fur for "garnish the passengers with their parks". "Many of them slowly die of bleeding, it's a terrible method", says NGOs.
The message of Jean-Paul Gaultier on the set of Good evening! was not followed by an official press release of the trademark. Contact us, the house Gaultier gave us no response to this topic.