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IUCN concerned over luxury brands ban on exotic leather

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has expressed its concerns about the decisions taken by some luxury fashion groups to ban or cease to use the skins of wild animals, such as crocodiles, alligators, snakes, and lizards.

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Kering releases new Animal Welfare Standards

Structured in three tiers (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and focussing primarily on the welfare of animals, the Kering Animal Welfare Standards are applied alongside the French luxury conglomerate’s Standards for Raw Materials and Manufacturing Processes, which mainly concern leather.

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Kering aims to make progress on animal welfare issues

From animal welfare to company transparency and achieving 95% traceability of raw materials used by the end of 2018, the French luxury conglomerate’s sustainability plan also includes supporting and training suppliers in the leather value chain.

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Leather being usurped

It is not surprising that some consumers are buying items with plastic or textiles instead of leather. After all, leather has been conceding end uses from the beginning of mankind. It was the first useful material available when the human species started to stand up and walk about so this was inevitable; it could not be perfect for everything. The mantra has always been that leather did not object to competition. It came from a source that was limited, depending as it does on meat and dairy consumption, so other materials are required. 

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Why are donkey hides so expensive?

The Sauer Report has investigated why the prices of donkey hides are so expensive compared with other similar species. Single air dried African hides can cost as much as US$98 each. 

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Endangered exotic skins seized in Spain

Spanish Guardia Civil officers have seized a shipment of exotic skins at a warehouse in Spain and a person has been arrested on suspicion of illegal possession of hides and skins from CITIES protected species. 

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