This past Saturday, fashion designer Pamela Skaist-Levy (i.e. co-founder of Juicy Couture) received an unexpected and not at all pleasant home visit from a mob of angry anti-fur activists.
The reasons for their choosing to gather around and protest in front on this designer's residence in Beverly Hills are quite simple: although Juicy Couture swore off both fur and animal cruelty, one of Pamela Skaist-Levy's newest fashion line (i.e. Skaist-Taylor, the result of a collaboration with Gela Nash-Taylor) embraces them wholeheartedly.
As was to be expected, this meant that whatever praises Pamela received in the past for choosing not to use fur when designing for Juicy Couture pretty much got thrown out the window.
Thus, the anti-fur activists who took part in this protest shamed her, and some even went as far as to accuse Pamela of animal cruelty.
Still, nobody turned violent and the police did not have to use physical force in order to keep the crowd well under control.
Animals rights attorney Shannon Keith explains that, after looking into how the fashion industry treats animals, she found that, “Animals including fox, rabbits, mink, cheetah, and even dogs and cats are gassed, beaten, have their necks broken, are caught in steel-jaw leg hold traps and vaginally and anally electrocuted for their fur.”
Furthermore, “If someone were caught anally electrocuting a dog, they would be arrested and sent to prison for felony animal cruelty; however, because the fur industry is completely unregulated, those who control it get away with it.”
For the time being, both Pamela Skaist-Levy and her business partner, Gela Nash-Taylor, have chosen to remain silent with respect to this recent clash with animal rights activists, Huffington Post
However, it is quite likely that sooner or later they will be left with no choice except take a step forward and respond to these animal cruelty accusations.