The Copenhagen Fashion Week, the biggest fashion event in Denmark, has announced that it will be banning exotic animal skins — such as from snakes or crocodiles — and feathers in its 2025 events. Helsinki Fashion Week, Stockholm Fashion Week, and Melbourne Fashion Week have already banned exotic skins from their runways, but the latter and Copenhagen Fashion Week have also banned bird feathers. 

In a statement, the animal rights organisation PETA, which has been campaigning against the use of animal products in fashion and has exposed the exotic skin industry through a series of investigations, said, “We want to celebrate Copenhagen Fashion Week for raising the bar for other events by removing all exotic skins and feathers from its catwalks. This move is a logical evolution after the event’s ban on fur, introduced in 2022, and reflects what every stylish consumer has come to realize: Compassion is always in fashion, ethical and environmentally friendly vegan materials are the future, and the future is now.”

A PETA Asia investigation into the Thai exotic skins industry revealed that thousands of snakes are cruelly confined and then bashed over the head with hammers and impaled with hooks while they’re still moving. The two python farms that PETA Asia’s investigators visited supply skins to Caravel, a tannery owned by fashion conglomerate Kering—the parent company of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and other brands. 

The exotic skin trade is very cruel. According to PETA, Snakes are pumped up with air or water while they’re still alive, and lizards are crudely decapitated. Workers ram metal rods down crocodiles’ spines and into alligators’ brains in an attempt to kill them and slit inquisitive baby ostriches’ throats when they’re just a year old.

Not just big international fashion events have ditched exotic skins, but also prominent fashion designers such as Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Jil Sander, Nordstrom, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Victoria Beckham, and Vivienne Westwood.

“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.