Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has become the latest fashion designer to pledge to stop using exotic animal skins in her designs. Beckham’s line has never used animal fur, but her latest pledge means clothing and accessories made from alligator, crocodile, ostrich, and snake skins will be discontinued as of the Fall 2019 collection. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) prompted the pledge after it conducted several exposés into the exotic-skins industry. “Behind every crocodile, alligator, snake, or lizard handbag or pair of shoes is a violent death,” PETA UK Director Elisa Allen said. “Victoria Beckham’s decision to ban exotic skins will spare countless remarkable animals immense suffering, and PETA UK calls on other luxury brands to follow her kind example.” Beckham joins a growing list of fashion labels that have banned the use of exotic skins or other animal materials in recent years, including Chanel, Gucci, and Michael Kors.
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