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Chanel ends use of fur, crocodile and exotic skins in fashion products
Over 950 retailers have so far signed the Fur Free Retailer Programme.
Luxury fashion house joins growing number of retailers in more ethical production choices

Chanel are the latest retailer to announce that they will stop using fur, crocodile leather and other exotic skins; explaining that it is becoming increasingly difficult to source materials that meet their ethical standards.

“No more Croco for Coco” was the chosen adage at the presentation of the fashion house’s new collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Over 100 million animals are killed by the fur industry every year. Over 950 retailers worldwide have so far signed up to the Fur Free Retailer programme including high-profile brands such as Gucci, Versace, Zara and asos. The Fur Free Retailer allows consumers to check if a brand uses fur in their products.

Thomas Pietsch, a wildlife expert at FOUR PAWS animal welfare, commented: “Chanel’s announcement shows that ethical consumption and animal welfare have also gained in importance for luxury fashion labels. Instead of real fur or exotic skins, today’s consumers want sustainability and innovation. We are confident that this forward-thinking decision by Chanel will be imitated by other leading high fashion companies.”

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ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays

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 A selection of X-ray images showing the inner workings of frogs, turtles, snakes and geckos have been shared by veterinary surgeons at ZSL London Zoo.

Taken as part of a routine health check, the images have been shared as part of ‘Vets in Action’ week - a hand’s on role-playing experience for children that explores the life of a zoo vet.

ZSL London Zoo veterinary nurse Heather Mackintosh said: “It’s great to be able to share the work that goes on behind the scenes at the Zoo to keep our residents in tip-top condition – and our visitors are always amazed to find out more about their favourite animals.” 

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Vets in developing nations given free access to BSAVA’s online library

BSAVA has teamed up with the WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to offer vets in developing nations free access to its online library.

The Association’s ‘Foundation Collection’ is comprised of more than 70 hours of articles, lectures and book chapters covering topics such as basic handling skills, working on a budget and emergency triage. Some of the countries set to benefit include Albania, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.

Nicolette Hayward, of BSAVA International Affairs Committee said: “Our mission is to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science, so we are delighted to work with WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to share these high-quality resources to the veterinary profession in low and middle-income countries.”