Topshop Displays Message Against Exotic Skin in Clothing

Shoppers in London’s Oxford Street can see a new window display with a preservationist message. The ever-so-popular Topshop chain, a British fashion retail icon, has lent its support to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’s campaign against the use of exotic skin in clothing. The display was set up yesterday (Monday 18) and features a wardrobe with exotic animals spilling out, plus the caption "Keep Wildlife Out of Your Wardrobe”. It also urges shoppers to visit PETA UK's website to sign a pledge never to wear exotic skins.

"Topshop knows that the only place for exotic skins is on their original owners,"says PETA senior programme manager Yvonne Taylor. "Through the years, Topshop has set the industry standard for promoting animal welfare, and its latest high-profile display at the heart of London's busiest shopping street will help save many snakes, alligators and other animal victims of the fashion industry from an excruciatingly painful death."

PETA has produced a video with Oscar-nominated Joaquin Phoenix making an exposé of the exotic-skins trade. Snakes, alligators and other exotic animals who are killed for their skins are commonly nailed to trees, bludgeoned with hammers and skinned alive. It often takes hours for the animals to die, usually from shock or dehydration.

This is not the first time PETA and Topshop have joined forces to oppose the fur and exotic-skins trades. Topshop was recently presented with a PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Award in the category of Most Stylish Women's Knitwear for the company's cream-and-lime jumper.

Image credit: PETA/UK