Actor Kim Basinger has sent a letter on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia-Pacific to leading Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto urging him to pledge not to use fur—including fur trim—in his collections.
Basinger's letter is accompanied by a PETA DVD that documents the widespread misery that animals used by the fur industry suffer. "I have avoided wearing real fur for many years, and this DVD will show you why," writes Basinger. "PETA's heartrending investigations have documented that animals, including dogs and cats, are bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, strangled with wire nooses, and skinned alive. Workers have been caught beating raccoon dogs and foxes with metal rods and leaving them to convulse on the ground. Some animals are injured but still completely conscious as they are skinned, and they kick and writhe as their skin is ripped from their bodies."
Basinger continues, "By making the kind choice to shun fur (and fur trim, which helps to keep the cruel fur trade alive), you can be a leader in fashion and compassion, setting a wonderful example for the rest of the industry to follow."
She concludes by reminding Yohji Yamamoto that "as Japan's leading fashion designer, you in particular are able to set an example for others and establish a more compassionate trend away from fur."© Japan Today