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Friday, June 9, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM


Polo Ralph Lauren to stop using fur this year

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Polo Ralph Lauren said late Thursday that it is eliminating fur from all of its apparel and home collections, starting with the holiday 2006 season.

In a news release, the New York fashion house said fur had been used "on a limited basis as an accent in some collections."

"We are publicly announcing this decision because the use of fur has been under review internally and we feel that the time is right to take this action," the company said.

The move by Polo Ralph Lauren represents the first major designer house to abandon fur since designer Calvin Klein did so in the mid-1990s, according to animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which was involved in negotiations with Polo Ralph Lauren since March.

"This is one of the biggest victories in the fur campaign," said Dan Mathews, vice president at PETA.

Late last year, J. Crew Group stopped selling fur after PETA began a boycott and staged protests outside the retailer's doors nationwide.

As part of its initiative, Polo Ralph Lauren will donate 1,200 new units of women's clothing containing fur to charitable organizations, which will give them to an international relief organization for distribution.

Polo Ralph Lauren officials declined to say how much canceled fur orders will cost them.

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