London – Topshop, an undisputed leader in high-street fashion, refuses to sell fur or exotic skins and also advertises its ethical choices with pride. That’s why PETA UK has teamed up with the iconic retailer to create a brand-new window display at Topshop’s flagship Oxford Street shop which highlights the plight of exotic animals who are killed for their skins. The captivating display, which can be seen in the shop’s main window today through Monday, 18 March, features a wardrobe with exotic animals spilling out and the caption “Keep Wildlife Out of Your Wardrobe”. It goes on to urge shoppers to visit PETA UK’s website to sign a pledge never to wear exotic skins.
“Topshop knows that the only place for exotic skins is on their original owners”, says PETA Senior Programme Manager Yvonne Taylor. “Through the years, Topshop has set the industry standard for promoting animal welfare, and its latest high-profile display at the heart of London’s busiest shopping street will help save many snakes, alligators and other animal victims of the fashion industry from an excruciatingly painful death.”
As shown in PETA US’ exposé of the exotic-skins trade – narrated by acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix – snakes, alligators and other exotic animals who are killed for their skins are commonly nailed to trees, bludgeoned with hammers and skinned alive. It often takes hours for the animals to die, usually from shock or dehydration.
PETA and Topshop have joined forces on several previous occasions to make it clear that they oppose the cruel fur and exotic-skins trades. Topshop was recently presented with a PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Award in the category of Most Stylish Women’s Knitwear for the company’s trendy cream-and-lime jumper.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.