Burberry, Saint Laurent and Dior deny animal cruelty claims
70 farms investigated in Spain
Saint Laurent, Burberry and Christian Dior have refuted claims that they have been sourcing rabbit fur from farms accused of animal cruelty. A non-profit charity called Chance for Animals has spent the last 24 months investigating 70 farms in Spain. Despite evidence of animal cruelty, Chance for Animals claim that brands including Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Burberry, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton still use them.
Saint Laurent told Vogue in a statement: "Following in-depth investigations, we can confirm that Saint Laurent is not connected in any way, either directly or indirectly, to Curticub,"adding: "Saint Laurent teams are continuously working to find ways to ensure high standards of animal welfare. In line with its sustainability commitment, Saint Laurent has developed specific 'fur guidelines' which are systematically distributed to direct suppliers."
"Burberry has no relationship with the farms featured and we are sure that Curticub is not part of our supply chain," a spokesperson for the fashion house said. "Burberry strongly condemns the practices shown in the footage which demonstrates cruel and illegal behaviour. Burberry sources all natural raw materials very carefully in our efforts to safeguard the correct ethical standards in line with our ethical trading policy. Burberry will not use fur if there is concern that its production has involved the unacceptable treatment of animals."
Dior also stated: "The House of Dior has never had any dealings with the company involved in these facts," a representative told WWD. "The House of Dior is deeply shocked by the documented images, which are against our values and practices. The House of Dior emphasises that all of its products made of fur fully respect the EU guidelines."