Oscar De La Renta outraged by PETA claims
Apparent use of protected elephant skin
Oscar de la Renta is the latest luxury fashion brand to come under fire from PETA. The American fashion house came under fire from the well-established animal protection charity recently with claims that animal hide was being used in shoe production. The claims surfaced when designer discount site Gilt started selling Oscar de la Renta shoes, which were apparently made from the hide of the protected animal.
PETA expressed their concerns stating that: "By selling shoes made of elephant skin, both Gilt and Oscar de la Renta are complicit in the slaughter of these intelligent, social, and empathetic gentle giants."
A representative from Oscar De La Renta quickly hit back saying: "In fact, this is not true. Gilt Groupe has acknowledged that this is a result from them incorrectly labelling one of our products as being made from 100 per cent elephant skin. They have acknowledged the mistake and have moved to correct it across their site. Unfortunately, many of their users have seen this and understandably are outraged, as are we. We do not and will never use elephant skin in any of our products."
PETA has since removed the post from it's website.