PETA buys shares in fashion brands amid coronavirus market downturn

Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have taken advantage of the coronavirus crisis by acquiring stock in multiple fashion companies.On Tuesday, leaders at the animal rights organisation seized upon the market downturn caused…

Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have taken advantage of the coronavirus crisis by acquiring stock in multiple fashion companies.

On Tuesday, leaders at the animal rights organisation seized upon the market downturn caused by the covid-19 pandemic to buy up stocks in Ralph Lauren, Urban Outfitters, and Guess, among others.

A minimum number of shares have been purchased – just enough for PETA representatives to attend annual meetings and influence management decisions.

PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman explained that the organisation is specifically focused on banning wool, mohair, and cashmere.

“PETA is heading to the boardroom to pressure retailers from Ralph Lauren to Urban Outfitters not to sell items that animals suffered and died for,” she commented.

In recent years, members of the group have investigated many supplies to the fashion retailers and alleged that practices are often sorely lacking. In 2018, an expose of the mohair industry in South Africa, available to view on YouTube, revealed Angora goats were thrown across the room, cut, and needlessly slaughtered for their valuable fibres.

Cashmere farms in China and Mongolia were reported to be similarly abusive to animals, with goats screaming in pain as hair was torn from their bodies.

“Today’s kind consumers want to support companies that share their values and sell chic and comfortable vegan sweaters and coats only,” added Reiman.

Other brands targeted by PETA in the initiative include Burberry, Tapestry, Inc., the parent company of Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman, Under Armour, and Capri Holdings, which incorporates Michael Kors and Versace.

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Jessie J and James Arthur named PETA’s Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities

Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have named Jessie J and James Arthur as the Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities.Both musicians have adopted a plant-based diet in recent years and were chosen by officials at the ethical orga…

Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have named Jessie J and James Arthur as the Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities.

Both musicians have adopted a plant-based diet in recent years and were chosen by officials at the ethical organisation to serve as an inspiration for the younger generation.

“James Arthur and Jessie J are living proof that sticking up for others is the stuff of real beauty,” PETA director Elisa Allen said in a statement. “PETA encourages all kind people to take a page out of the singers’ playbooks and choose vegan food and animal-free clothing and entertainment.”

Jessie, 31, has been vegan for more than a year and began eating a diet rich in plant-based foods to help manage her chronic pain from fertility issues.

Back in July, she opened up on her decision to become vegan in an interview with Plant Based News and confessed she was taken aback by the positive change ditching meat and dairy products has had on her health and mood.

The Domino hitmaker described veganism as a “lifestyle that has improved her life immensely and very quickly”.

Meanwhile, former The X Factor winner James is a vocal advocate for the benefits of plant-based diets and has been a strict vegan for more than two and a half years.

He previously opened up on his decision to go vegan and said making the switch has helped him lose weight and “feel energised”.

“There’s a misconception that you’ve got to get all your protein from meat, but the meat gets the protein from plants,” the 31-year-old shared.

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Millie Bobby Brown wins praise from PETA for vegan-friendly beauty line

Millie Bobby Brown has won an award from officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for her vegan-friendly beauty line.The Stranger Things actress unveiled her Florence by Mills collection earlier this year, with the range of skinc…

Millie Bobby Brown has won an award from officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for her vegan-friendly beauty line.

The Stranger Things actress unveiled her Florence by Mills collection earlier this year, with the range of skincare and make-up products aimed at teenagers and young people.

All products, including the Zero Chill Face Mist, Swimming Under the Eye Gel Pads, and Like a Light Skin Tint, are cruelty-free and Vegan Action certified, and now, Millie has been awarded one of PETA’s Libby Awards in recognition of her advocacy of animal rights.

“Brown’s skincare and make-up line, Florence by Mills – whose products contain no animal ingredients and are never tested on animals – earned her the award for Best Side Hustle for Animals,” a PETA representative commented.

In addition, singer Billie Eilish was presented with the Best Voice for Animals award for her promotion of a vegan lifestyle and for posting about instances of animal cruelty on her Instagram page, and Fuller House actor Juan Pablo Di Pace was named as the Brightest Onscreen Star for Animals after he starred in a PETA campaign urging people to avoid circus performances involving animals.

“Billie Eilish, Millie Bobby Brown, and Juan Pablo Di Pace are showing the world how easy it is to help animals by making kind choices in what we eat, what we wear, and how we entertain ourselves,” added PETA senior director of youth programmes, Marta Holmberg. “PETA is recognising them for using their star power to make the world a better place for all species.”

Other 2019 nominees included vegan musicians A$AP Rocky and sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey, as well as Hollywood stars Ruby Rose, Kat Graham, and Harley Quinn Smith.

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Alicia Silverstone tapped as brand ambassador for Crystal Deodorant

Alicia Silverstone has signed on to be the face of Crystal Deodorant.The Clueless actress, who abides by a vegan lifestyle and is a longtime advocate for animal welfare, has announced that she is teaming with executives at the brand. “I’ve used Crysta…

Alicia Silverstone has signed on to be the face of Crystal Deodorant.

The Clueless actress, who abides by a vegan lifestyle and is a longtime advocate for animal welfare, has announced that she is teaming with executives at the brand.

“I’ve used Crystal Deodorant for over 20 years because it’s safe, vegan and most importantly it works!” she said. “I am proud to partner with a company that shares my values and is committed to making healthier and kinder products.”

Crystal Deodorant products are made with mineral salts and are available in roll-on and sprays. The formulas are non-toxic, offered in unscented and scented versions, and are contained in eco-friendly packaging.

In light of the partnership, Martin Floreani, chief executive officer and president of Crystal, commented that the star is the perfect fit for the company.

“It makes perfect sense that we would choose Alicia, who has been such a devoted, longtime fan of our products, to represent our brand,” he praised. “There couldn’t be a more authentic partnership, and we are excited to work with her.”

Alicia recently hosted an event sponsored by Crystal at The Gentle Barn, a non-profit animal sanctuary.

The 42-year-old has previously teamed up with mykind Organics on a range of vitamins and stripped off for a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaign in which she called for people to stop buying clothing made from animals, including leather and wool.

Alicia is the latest star to join forces with a deodorant company, with Justin Bieber divulging earlier this year that he was working on a natural formula called Here + Now alongside bosses at U.S. body product brand Schmidt’s.

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Jhene Aiko fronting campaign for new Kat Von D Beauty foundation

Jhene Aiko is starring in the campaign for Kat Von D Beauty’s new foundation.The singer-songwriter has been tapped by tattoo artist and cosmetics entrepreneur Kat Von D, who launched her brand in 2008, to be the global face of True Portrait Foundation….

Jhene Aiko is starring in the campaign for Kat Von D Beauty’s new foundation.

The singer-songwriter has been tapped by tattoo artist and cosmetics entrepreneur Kat Von D, who launched her brand in 2008, to be the global face of True Portrait Foundation.

Regarding the collaboration, Jhene explained that it was a natural fit, considering she has been a longtime fan of Kat’s vegan-friendly formulas.

“I am so excited to be partnering with Kat Von D Beauty for this launch and to be working with a brand that shares so many of my same passions,” the 31-year-old stated. “I love this foundation because it feels like I have nothing on – it’s like vegan silk! It’s the perfect all-day coverage with an airy lightweight finish whether I’m on stage or at home.”

The True Portrait Foundation features a medium coverage liquid-to-powder formula. It is housed in a sleek matte white bottle uniquely engineered for maximum usage and is available in 40 different shades.

And Kelly Coller, Kat Von D Beauty global vice president of marketing and PR, added that she was thrilled to be working with Jhene.

“Jhene first caught our eye years ago when she showcased our Shade & Light Contour Palette in a Vogue video and then we saw her again in a PETA campaign. Jhene seamlessly aligns with our beauty brand ethos being an avid animal lover, vegan advocate, and an existing Kat Von D Beauty user,” she praised. “Plus, Jhene has the sweetest soul, stunning skin, and our entire team has been obsessed with her music and tattoos.”

The Kat Von D Beauty True Portrait Foundation is priced at $36 (£30).

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PETA urges Prada to stop using exotic animal skins

Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have urged Prada designers to stop using exotic animal skins. The Italian label, headed by Miuccia Prada, recently pledged to go fur-free from its spring/summer 2020 collection, which wil…

Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have urged Prada designers to stop using exotic animal skins.

The Italian label, headed by Miuccia Prada, recently pledged to go fur-free from its spring/summer 2020 collection, which will debut as part of Milan Fashion Week in September.

And while PETA officials applauded bosses at the fashion house for joining the likes of Gucci, Burberry, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier and Versace in stopping the use of the product, leaders at the animal rights organisation want more from Prada.

“While PETA applauds Prada for joining the ever-growing list of fashion houses that are dropping fur, we now urge the brand to follow in Chanel’s compassionate footsteps by also removing cruelly obtained exotic skins – including crocodile, lizard, and snake skins – from future collections,” senior vice president Dan Mathews said in a statement. “Most shoppers no longer wish to wear anything from any animal who was electrocuted, bludgeoned, and killed.”

Prada executives made the announcement on social media on Wednesday, revealing they have entered into a collaboration with the Fur Free Alliance (FFA).

“Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products,” Miuccia added in her own statement.

The news was welcomed by officials at the FFA, with the group’s chairman Joh Vinding explaining: “The Prada group with its brands now joins a growing list of fur-free brands that are responding to consumers’ changing attitudes towards animals.”

Currently, fur only accounts for less than 0.1 per cent of the materials used in production at Prada.

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PETA slammed for ‘cruel’ tweet after Karl Lagerfeld’s death

Animal rights organisation PETA has been slammed following a “cruel” tweet that many took as celebrating the death of Chanel legend Karl Lagerfeld.Lagerfeld, the German creative director of Chanel, passed away on Tuesday (19Feb19) aged 85 following a b…

Animal rights organisation PETA has been slammed following a “cruel” tweet that many took as celebrating the death of Chanel legend Karl Lagerfeld.

Lagerfeld, the German creative director of Chanel, passed away on Tuesday (19Feb19) aged 85 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Shortly after his death, the U.K. branch of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wrote on their official Twitter page: “Karl Lagerfeld has gone, and his passing marks the end of an era when fur and exotic skins were seen as covetable. PETA sends condolences to our old nemesis’s loved ones.”

Followers were quick to scold the organisation for the tweet, with one writing: “A bit cold on the announcement of someone’s passing. Should care for all living beings, whether you agree with them, or like them.”

Another said that PETA should be “ashamed” for the message, and added: “Learn to be a little more human and then you can defend your visions. This is just a cruel/unnecessary tweet for a moment like this.”

However, PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk hit back against the criticism, releasing a statement which read: “Perhaps you did not realise that I am almost 70, almost of the same generation as Mr. Lagerfeld, and that while I didn’t design it, I wore fur for years.

“Hence, there is nothing snarky in the remark that those times have passed. Grief, with which I am familiar, is real, and so our condolences for anyone who loved and lost someone are too, regardless of that person’s opposing position on fur. Slamming PETA expresses the commenters’ nastiness: PETA expressed none.”

Lagerfeld, an unapologetic user of fur in his fashion creations, came under fire by PETA at numerous points in his career, such as in 2001 when they tried to throw a pie at him but missed and hit Calvin Klein instead.

However, in December, Chanel, under Lagerfeld’s direction, committed to discard of fur or exotic animal skins in any future ranges.

“We are continually reviewing our supply chains to ensure they meet our expectations of integrity and traceability,” a representative said in a statement at the time. “In this context, it is our experience that it is becoming increasingly difficult to source exotic skins which match our ethical standards.”

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Bradley Cooper wins top PETA filmmaking prize for casting his dog in A Star is Born

Bradley Cooper has landed another major award for casting his pet dog in A Star is Born. The actor and moviemaker has been honoured with a Best Director Oscat from officials at animal rights group PETA, who annually hand out film honours ahead of the …

Bradley Cooper has landed another major award for casting his pet dog in A Star is Born.

The actor and moviemaker has been honoured with a Best Director Oscat from officials at animal rights group PETA, who annually hand out film honours ahead of the Oscars to celebrate the movies and stars who promote “kindness to animals through positive actions, story lines, and the use of computer-generated imagery”.

Cooper lands the prize for choosing to cast his pet as his A Star is Born character’s dog rather than using one supplied by “a notorious animal exhibitor”.

Oscats have also been handed out to Winston Duke, who scores a Best Actor prize for his portrayal of vegetarian tribe leader M’Baku in Black Panther, which has won The Cat’s Meow award for its CGI panthers and rhinos.

Meanwhile, longtime animal rights proponent Natalie Portman wins Best Actress for her all-vegan wardrobe in Vox Lux, and her film Annihilation lands Best Stunt Team for its all-vegan crew.

Charlize Theron’s movie Tully has been named Birds’ Pick for its “educational anti-factory farming moments”, while the award for Best SeaWorld Side-Eye is a tie between Love, Simon, which featured a scene describing the way animals live at the themepark, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which takes a strong anti-captivity stance.

“PETA’s Oscats show that fur and leather are dead, SeaWorld is considered the pits, vegan eating is exploding, and CGI is the future of film,” PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange tells WENN. “PETA is thrilled to recognise the people and projects behind Hollywood’s most significant animal rights advances of the year.”

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Olivia Munn celebrates Chanel’s anti-fur move

Actress Olivia Munn has applauded bosses at Chanel for becoming the latest fashion house to stop using real fur and exotic animal skins in their luxury designs. In recent months, officials at Versace, Michael Kors, Gucci, Burberry, and Coach have all …

Actress Olivia Munn has applauded bosses at Chanel for becoming the latest fashion house to stop using real fur and exotic animal skins in their luxury designs.

In recent months, officials at Versace, Michael Kors, Gucci, Burberry, and Coach have all announced plans for more animal-friendly measures, and now Chanel executives have followed suit for future fashion creations.

A representative for the brand explains the decision was made in part because it is becoming “increasingly difficult” to source materials that meet their ethical standards and requirements for sustainability, insisting the new ban will provide designers with “an opportunity to create a new generation of high-end products”.

The move has already been praised by activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and now Olivia has shared her joy about the news on social media.

“This is AMAZING!!!! @chanel,” she tweeted alongside a PETA news article about the initiative.

She also posted a screen shot of the comment on Instagram, and captioned it, “I hope this inspires more designers to follow suit.”

Animal-lover Olivia has long been calling on fashion industry leaders to ditch the use of fur in their garments and previously stripped off to pose nude for PETA’s ‘I’d rather go naked than wear fur’ campaign in 2011.

“Who needs fur to feel beautiful?” she asked in the print ad.

The X-Men: Apocalypse star also went one step further by teaming up with PETA officials for an undercover video expose about the alleged abuse of animals on a fur farm in China, where fox, mink, and rabbit coats, as well as furs from dogs and cats, are frequently collected and shipped worldwide to be turned into clothing and accessories.

“There’s nothing good about pretending like you don’t know,” she said of the terrible treatment the animals are reportedly subjected to.

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Penelope Cruz teams with PETA for anti-fur message

Penelope Cruz is the latest star to join forces with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to headline an anti-fur campaign aimed at the fashion industry. The actress has teamed with the animal rights organisation to call attention to the…

Penelope Cruz is the latest star to join forces with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to headline an anti-fur campaign aimed at the fashion industry.

The actress has teamed with the animal rights organisation to call attention to the unsettling ways fur is obtained from animals and in a new video she appears holding a cat alongside the message “Make Us Purr, Don’t Wear Fur”.

The ad comes in a year when several fashion designers announced they will no longer include fur in their creations – Burberry, Gucci, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, and John Galliano are among the latest wave of fashion houses choosing not to go with pelts.

“Finally, so many designers are going fur-free, and I’m looking forward to the day when no animal is caged or trapped and killed for fur,” the Spanish beauty says in a press release.

Cruz previously partnered with PETA for an anti-fur ad in 2012 and joins a long list of stars like Eva Mendes, Charlize Theron, Taraji P. Henson, Ireland Basinger-Baldwin, P!nk, and Maggie Q, who have condemned the use of fur in fashion.

The 44 year old has been a vocal supporter of animal rights throughout her career – she and her husband, Javier Bardem, are both animal lovers who have taken in multiple rescue cats and dogs. In 2007, she and her sister, Monica Cruz, launched a cruelty free collection for the clothing brand Mango.

The star has also chosen to be a part of sustainable fashion ventures – in August (18), she signed on to create a Swarovski jewellery line featuring pieces with responsibly-sourced gold.

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