Animal rights activists with People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals are urging Oscar nominees to boycott Armani designs this awards season in protest of the company’s continued use of fur.
The company is furious with the Italian designer for going back on his word to stop using fur in his high-priced collections.
PETA bosses have taken out a full-page ad in daily trade magazine Variety, asking this year’s Academy Award nominees not to wear Giorgio Armani’s designs to this year’s ceremony.
“No designer cosies up to the red carpet crowd more than Giorgio Armani, and this year PETA is urging Oscar nominees to hang-up on him when he comes calling,” a spokesman for PETA tells WENN.
“Just a year after the designer told Time magazine, ‘I spoke with the people from PETA, and they showed me some materials that convinced me not to use fur,’ Armani’s latest collections feature fur-trimmed jackets, fur-hemmed skirts, floral-printed fur coats, and even rabbit-fur-trimmed snowsuits for toddlers.”
“We have written individually to every Oscar nominee, asking them to shun Armani on the red carpet,” PETA chiefs add.
“Armani uses mostly rabbit fur from French and Chinese fur farms, both of which were targets of recent undercover investigations. Footage shows rabbits crammed into filthy cages that are encrusted with urine and faeces. Workers at the farm in China pull rabbits from cages by their ears and shoot them in the head with electric stun guns while the animals kick and scream. The rabbits are then hung upside down and decapitated.”
The PETA spokesperson concludes, “We’ve met with Armani and his staff over the past few years and have found that they are moved more by what celebrities think than about animal suffering or protests. We hope he will soon join designers such as Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, and Tommy Hilfiger – who are 100 percent fur-free.”