NEW YORK – Animal rights organisation PETA has urged luxury fashion brand Ralph Lauren to ban both exotic skins and alpaca fleece from its clothing, ahead of its virtual annual meeting today.
Ralph Lauren has banned fur, angora wool and mohair in the past, off the back of PETA exposés highlighting cases of gross misconduct. More recent investigate work by the organisation has demonstrated that such instances of violence are apparent in both exotic animal farms and those breeding alpacas.
PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman commented: “If Ralph Lauren truly wants to be a socially responsible company, it can start by taking alpaca wool and exotic skins off its racks. PETA is calling on it to stop selling sweaters, shoes, and accessories that sensitive alligators, crocodiles, lizards, ostriches, snakes, and alpacas suffered and died for.”