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Hugo Boss Says It Plans To Go Fur Free By 2016

Let's hope other brands follow suit.

Luxury fashion brand Hugo Boss will be going "fur free" as of its Fall/Winter 2016 collection, the brand announced earlier this week.

In a statement from Hugo Boss's 2014 Sustainability Report, the brand says it will reach "100% cessation of the use of farmed fur such as raccoon dog, fox, or rex rabbit in all collections from 2016." Bernd Ludwig Keller, brand and creative director of sportswear, elaborated on the brand's fur-free mission:

"As one of the leading companies in the premium and luxury segment, we have a great deal of responsibility. In our view, sourcing down feathers from the plucking of live animals is not ethical and we have therefore taken the decision to reject this practice. When purchasing merino wool, we give preference to suppliers, who do not use the painful mulesing procedure on their animals. We also have high standards for the use of fur from farmed animals: from our Fall/Winter 2016 Collection onward, we will no longer be using raccoon dog or rex rabbits. This means we will not be using any farmed fur in any of our HUGO BOSS clothing collections and are sending out a clear signal."

Around 80 percent of the fashion industry's fur comes from fur farms, where animals are killed for their coats.

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 19:  A model walks the runway at the Hugo by Hugo Boss Autumn/Winter 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin at Gemaldegalerie on January 19, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 19: A model walks the runway at the Hugo by Hugo Boss Autumn/Winter 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin at Gemaldegalerie on January 19, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images)

The Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition that works to end the exploitation and killing of animals for fur, issued a statement commending Hugo Boss for its efforts, saying:

"HUGO BOSS has become a leader in the fashion world by taking a stand against animal cruelty and ending the use of fur in collections. The Fur Free Alliance hopes other luxury brands will follow HUGO BOSS’s lead, especially since there are now so many cruelty-free alternatives that are fashionable and indistinguishable from the real thing."

The Humane Society pointed out that this announcement comes on the heels of a New York Times article that says fur is back, though many retailers and designers are choosing to not include fur in their collections. As of right now, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney and Ralph Lauren do not support the use of fur. To learn about more retailers that do not support the use of fur, check out the Humane Society's website.

The Huffington Post reached out to Hugo Boss to find out more about their commitment to going fur-free and will update this post accordingly.

H/T WWD

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