Fashion Retailer Bebe Bans Exotic Animal Skins
After PETA’s video footage that exposed the shocking conditions and treatment for ‘exotic’ animal skin production, women’s fashion retailer Bebe has reportedly agreed to ban all exotic animal skins from its stores.
PETA’s investigation showed the horrifying treatment of alligators and crocodiles–both in the United States and within Africa, with the animals left in dark concrete pits for their entire lives until being skinned. PETA’s investigation showed some of the animals were fully conscious while they were being skinned.
Bebe joins retailers such as Ann Inc., H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Topshop, Adolfo Dominguez, Mango, Cole Haan, Nike, and Adidas in their decision to ban all exotic skins from their stores.
Bebe also made the decision earlier this year to ban angora wool, again after reportedly seeing shocking footage of the methods involved.
While this decision may seem like a “loss” in terms of fashion, Bebe will continue with the same styles, but opt for cruelty-free options dubbed “fake snake” or “mock croc” to prove that fashion does not have to be synonymous with cruelty to animals.
With more and more big names like the ones mentioned above becoming educated and banning materials from unethical sources, the hope is more brands will follow, and more animals will be taken into consideration.
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