AMAZING NEWS! Mulberry has confirmed that it’s finally banned exotic skins from all of its future collections. Is the timing just coincidental with the Coronavirus Pandemic or is there a link between the exotic skin ban and the pandemic?
Mulberry is already fur free, which is great but exotic skins is where they really needed to make a change. Finally, it’s happening. The upcoming spring/summer collection marks the company’s departure from using exotic animal skins. Advice from conservation experts have warned that the exotic skin trade could increase the spread of COVID-19, hence the decision.
Mulberry Group sustainability manager, Rosie Wollacott, said: “[W]e have spent a lot of time determining and then continually reviewing our sustainability metrics and targets.
“At an early stage of this process, we decided not to use exotics in our collections, and this remains our position.”
Has the Pressure Mulberry have faced, impacted their decision?
As well as Canada Goose, Mulberry has also faced pressure from the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).They have pushed them to stop selling exotic skins and finally they are making a change. Whether or not, this change has come from PETA, the public or the pandemic it is hard to tell.
What is the link between Animal Skin and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
While the ethics behind using animal skins in fashion has become the center of attention in recent years, the use has come under further scrutiny in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus is widely believed to have originated from a wet market in Wuhan, China. Since then, it has spread globally killing over 250,000! The intensive farming of exotic animals for both their flesh as well as their skin poses a similar risk of animal-to-human transmission of newly evolved viruses. Exotic-animal farms are breeding grounds for pathogens and increase the risk of future pandemics. Yikes! So yes the spread of Coronavirus would have had an impact on the decision that Mulberry have decided to make but let’s not forget about the animal suffering.
Animal Suffering Calls For Change
There are so many exotic skins, one of the main ones being alligator. Alligators are kept in decaying water inside dark sheds before their necks are split open and metal rods are shoved into their heads in an attempt to scramble their brains, often while they’re fully conscious. Watch the below video, to witness the harsh reality of what these animals have to go through.
I think it’s really important to not forget, that these animals suffer tremendously for that handbag that you ‘NEED.’ Can you live with that on your conscious?
Are Mulberry the First to Ban Exotic Skins?
No, Mulberry is not the first and will definitely not be the last. Mulberry’s decision to stop using exotic skins sees it joining a number of big names. These include Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, and others. Earlier this year, Paul Smith have announced that they will be banning all use of skins in their future collections.
In all honesty, before I turned vegan I was gifted/purchased a number of Mulberry bags. I never really questioned where they came from and I was blissfully unaware. I now face a dilemma. Should I keep them? I can’t reverse the impact of animal suffering. They’re also super expensive, not that money is more important than the life of an animal though!
What would you do, if you were me? Comment below and let me know!