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A massive high-five is coming Jean-Paul Gaultier way.

The fashion God has announced live on French telly that he is banning the use of real fur from his collections.

The move comes as Jean-Paul labelled the industry's methods of killing animals for their fur as "absolutely deplorable”.

The decision to move away from a cruel and unnecessary industry could come as Jean-Paul was feeling the heat from other brands.

Gucci, Versace, Galliano, Armani, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors – to name a few – have all recently announced the end of using real fur in their fashion collections.

Mimi Bekhechi, director of international programmes at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) believes that the move away from real fur by the fashion director is a “sign of changed times”.

“Most people no longer wish to wear anything from animals who were cruelly caged, electrocuted, bludgeoned to death or caught in steel traps, left to die slowly and painfully–the way coyotes are still being killed for the trim on Canada Goose jackets," she explained.

“Fur today is as dead as the poor animals it was stolen from, and any designers not clued up enough to see that may as well hang up their sewing needles now”.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Peta could be correct, as the brand, Coach revealed at the start of the year, that they are starting to phase out the use of real fur, and added the aim of stop using the product entirely by next autumn.

Famously, Burberry announced before London's fur-free Fashion week, that they had halted the manufacturing of products using real fur. 

Sadly, there are labels who haven't hopped aboard the cruelty-free train – *cough, cough*, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs.  

But hopefully, they are influenced and pressurised by the changing times.

Nevertheless, this is a win for Jean-Paul Gaultier and the move should be celebrated.

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Norway has taken a major step to protect animal welfare by banning fur farms.

The country has pledged to eliminate all fur farms by the year 2025.

The country is estimated to have around 300 fur farms currently in operation.

According to PETA, these establishments kill 700,000 minks and 110,000 foxes every year.

Animal rights activists in Norway have been campaigning for a ban for many years.

The final details of the ban have yet to be finalised.

Currently, fur farming is legal in Ireland.

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Pamela Anderson has issued a formal letter to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, detailing her wish for the Irish leader to place a ban on fur farming.

As a longtime vegetarian, the former Baywatch star is an avid supporter of animal rights organisation PETA and has spent years campaigning to end various types of animal abuse.

Having previously contacted Enda Kenny over the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes, Pamela opened the letter to the current Fianna Gael leader by saying how “thrilled” she was to hear that a ban would be put in place next year.

She then went on to explain the damaging effects that fur farms are having on over 200,000 minks that a imprisoned in the country three remaining farms.

“They're denied the opportunity to act on any of their natural instincts – such as roaming, swimming and caring for their young,” she wrote.

The star also reminded Leo of the many countries that have already outlawed the practice, including our closest neighbours, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

“I can't think of anyone more capable of creating history once again than you, Ireland's youngest and first openly gay prime minister,”she continued.

“Please, would you pull up those stylish socks of yours and announce a ban on fur farming in Ireland? I greatly look forward to clinking glasses with you when that happens.”

Pamela, who is known to reach out to celebrities and political figures, has previously urged the celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Naomi Campbell to stop wearing fur.

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