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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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Report: A third of Welsh birds are in decline

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 A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  

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British sheep meat to be exported to India in new agreement

The UK government has secured a new export deal of sheep meat to India.

In 2017, UK sheep meat exports were worth £386 million. This new agreement is predicted to increase this value by £6 million over the next five years.

With a range of meat cuts due to be exported, the deal is seen by international trade secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, as “another vote of confidence in our world-leading food and drink”.