Oslo Fashion Week bans fur from catwalk

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2011:

-Oslo Fashion Week founder Pål Vasbotten on January 8,  2011 confirmed to ANIMAL PEOPLE that the only Norwegian fashion event of global note has banned fur from the catwalks. Oslo Fashion Week, held twice a year since 2004,  will next be celebrated from February 15 through February 21,  2011.

Unconfirmed reports quoting Vasbotten with a variety of different attributions circulated for more than two weeks before the Oslo Fashion Week web site first mentioned the ban by including a third-hand account by Katherine Sweet of the fashion publication Radar. Sweet reported that Vasbotten told The Huffington Post that banning fur from the catwalk “has been a very natural choice for us because we do not want [Oslo Fashion Week] to appear as an arena in which to promote products based on the treatment of animals [as] prohibited by animal welfare concerns in several countries.” Read more


From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 1995:

Fur sales skidded––again––this past winter. “This
was the single worst season since the 1930s,” said Robert
Meltzer of Evans Inc. Sales at the 12 Evans stores fell by $6.2
million during the third quarter of 1994. At the Danish Fur Sales
auction of December 15, an industry barometer, the average
mink pelt price fell from $29.91 in 1993––the highest in
years––to $20.15. Yet clearance dropped to 78%. At the retail
level, the average advertised price of a basic mink coat in the
New York City area plunged to $2,282 by Valentine’s Day, close
to last winter’s all-time low in inflation-adjusted dollars of $2,174.
Cruelty charges filed in August 1994 against chin-
chilla breeder Jose LaCalle of Freestone, California, were
dropped on February 10 when LaCalle agreed to cease killing
chinchillas by genital electrocution––at least within California
––and announced he’d moved his firm, Bella Chinchilla
International, “to an undisclosed country south of the U.S. bor-
der.” Filed by the Sonoma County Humane Society based on
evidence obtained by PETA, the case was reportedly PETA’s
fifth attempt to win a precedent-setting cruelty conviction against
a chinchilla breeder, based on the American Veterinary Medical
Association’s determination that genital electrocution is inhu-
mane. So far, none of the cases have gone to trial. Chinchilla
ranching has been a bit more profitable lately than mink and fox
ranching. The average pelt price fell from $31.08 in 1990 to
$26.61 in 1994, but profits rose because the price drop increased
demand. Fur-trimmed cloth and leather garments are the only
growth sector of the industry and furriers find that chinchilla trim
brings a higher markup than mink, fox, or most trapped furs.

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