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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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Registrations open for overseas veterinary professionals course

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 Registrations are now open for the RCVS CPD course for overseas veterinary professionals, which covers an introduction to the UK veterinary professions.

The course is aimed at overseas-qualified veterinary surgeons and nurses during their first two years of working in the UK, in addition to those considering working here. It provides graduates with the key information and skills required to practice in the UK, as well as helping them understand their legal duties as veterinary professionals.

For more information and to book your place please click here. The course will be held at Belgravia House, London, on Wednesday 12 June.  

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New online guides provide advice for dog owners

A series of downloadable leaflets for dog owners have been produced by veterinary charity PetSavers in a bid to reduce the temptation to seek advice online.

The series entitled ‘My Dog’s Got’ offers practical information on an array of topics, including ‘My dog has dental disease,’ ‘My dog has itchy skin,’ and My dog has kidney disease.’

The new guides can be downloaded here. Printed versions of the new guides can be ordered by veterinary practices in exchange for a donation to PetSavers.