September 8, 2010
Talbots Reaffirms Fur-Free Policy After Misstep
The Humane Society of the United States praised women’s apparel retailer Talbots for pulling its animal fur items and pledging to remain fur-free. The decision came just days after supporters of The HSUS—many of whom are also Talbot’s customers—started contacting the company about its decision to begin selling animal fur after years of being fur-free.
“Remaining fur-free and showing compassion for animals are not just the right ethical decisions for Talbots and other retailers, but an astute business move as well,” said Andrew Page, fur-free campaign senior director for The HSUS. “With many Americans opposed to buying or wearing animal fur, the decision to sell fur can cause many loyal customers to feel betrayed.”
In August, Talbots announced that it had changed its position regarding the sale of animal fur and would be offering one or more garments containing real animal fur. On Sept. 1, The Humane Society of the United States informed its supporters about this change. Thousands of people contacted the company asking that it reconsider the policy change. Last week, Talbots abandoned the new policy and recommitted to a policy against the use of animal fur.
On Friday, Talbots released the following statement:
“Thank you for your concern. Talbots always seeks to operate under the highest ethical standards. We have heard our customers’ concerns regarding the items offered that contained real fur. These items have been pulled from stores and are no longer available for sale. Talbots remains committed to its policy against the use of real fur in our collection.”
The Humane Society of the United States urges all designers and retailers to adopt fur-free policies to protect the millions of rabbits, foxes, mink, raccoon dogs, and other animals who suffer and die annually for their pelts. Only by not selling any animal fur can companies be assured they are not complicit in animal suffering or the false advertising and labeling that plague the industry.
The HSUS promotes more than 300 fur-free retailers and designers online at humanesociety.org/furfreeshopping.
The HSUS urges the U.S. Senate to pass the Truth in Fur Labeling Act (S. 1076/H.R. 2480), introduced by Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., and Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., to require accurate and consistent labeling of fur-trimmed garments regardless of dollar value. The legislation passed the House of Representatives in July.
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