19/03/2013

PETA and Topshop Team Up for Compassionate Style


This is so awesome, I don't even know where to begin.

The cruelty-free warriors at PETA (aka my favourite place to volunteer!) have teamed up with the reign of awesomeness that is Topshop against the use of exotic skins in fashion.

Sp why is the use of exotic skins in fashion horrible? PETA UK's blog tells us that:

"In the exotic-skins industry, snakes are commonly nailed to trees and skinned alive, and alligators and lizards are bludgeoned with hammers. It often takes several agonising hours for the animals to die, usually from shock or dehydration. Reptiles may be cold-blooded, but they experience pain just the same way that we do – so wearing their skins is just plain cold-hearted."

...now who would wear that? Not me.

Topshop have created an awesome window display to bring attention to the cause - I am so going to Oxford Street to take pictures of it - which really proves how dedicated they are to the cause. It's fantastic to see high-street brands getting involved with cruelty-free issues and hopefully Topshop is leading the way for more compassionate initiatives. Go Topshop and PETA!

Picture from PETA UK.

6 comments:

  1. I saw Topshop tweeting this today, it's fantastic for such a big brand like that to stand up for animal rights :) xx

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  2. I think it is great that Topshop are committing to not harming or using wildlife in their products. However I would have considered it more of a priority for them to ensure and promote the humane treatment of people within their supply chain.

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    1. You're right, Ceri, and I agree with you, even if I wouldn't see one of these things as more important than the other. Topshop is not perfect - far from it- but still, taking one step is better than taking no steps at all, right?

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  3. Not to mention pay their fair share of tax. This is clearly a desperate act to deflect the inspiring campaign of UK Uncut to bring to light the fact that, in this age of austerity, we are not 'all in it together'. And the authors of this blog have fallen for it. Sad.

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    1. ...thank you for this comment and for providing a different point of view, but I have not "fallen for" anything. This is a cruelty-free blog. It is not a tax, finance or general "correct living" website. I talk about animal rights issues (among other things) and I do volunteer work with PETA, so of course this collaboration is close to my heart. I am not a frequent Topshop shopper (as they have gotten so darn expensive) but I applaud and admire them for taking such a strong stand. There is nothing "sad" about this matter or this post.

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  4. It is possible to merge concerns for environmental and animal liberation issues into a broader outlook that incorporates -rather than counterposes- social justice as well. Do do otherwise enables someone like Top Shop honcho Philip Green, who dodged 300 million pounds in tax payments in 2005 via a series of offshore bank accounts and 'creative' accounting, to 'greenwash' his image with the assistance of groups like PETA. Think of how many endangered species could have been assisted if this money was used for purposes other than subsidising the lifestyle of one person. For example, if it were used to create alternative employment for poor farmers in India whose poverty forces them to increasingly encroack on the territory of endangered elephants and tigers. I'm afraid the same system that creates this poverty also creates the obscene profits that Top Shop pumps into Green's coffers. Which makes it both possible and necessary to fight for both priorities at once (ie environmental sustainability and animal liberation AND social justice), without necessarilly narrowing your focus on one or the other.

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