A new undercover investigation has revealed grim conditions on mink farms - leading campaigners to urge Dolce & Gabbana to drop fur from its designs.
The exposé, created from footage captured by an eyewitness named Malcolm Klimowicz, shows minks crammed into small, dirty, rust-covered cages, with wire flooring that digs into their feet.
The footage shows heaps of excrement and pools of waste infested with maggots decay below them.
The shocking expose shows horrific conditions
According to animal rights charity PETA: "The severe crowding leads to fighting, injury, and even death.
"Several minks were missing ears, one animal's head had an open sore, and others had to climb over the decomposing body of a dead cagemate."
The charity is now is calling on Dolce & Gabbana – which sells mink bags, shoes, and coats, among other fur items – to join Giorgio Armani, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Michael Kors, and many other leading designers and brands in banning fur.
PETA Director, Elisa Allen, said: "When so many designers and brands, including Giorgio Armani, Gucci, and Michael Kors, are embracing warm and stylish animal-free fabrics, it's unconscionable for Dolce & Gabbana to keep clinging to animal fur.
"This latest exposé shows once again that fur coats, collars, and cuffs sentence sensitive animals to a miserable life inside tiny, filthy wire cages on fur farms."
Maria is a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer. Her writing has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.
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