Online retailer ASOS has announced that it will stop the sale of products made with silk, cashmere, angora, feather/down, bone, horn and shell as part of its updated animal welfare policy.
It has also pledged to only sell leather, wool and animal hair which is a by-product of the meat industry from suppliers with good husbandry. It said: “ASOS firmly believes it is not acceptable for animals to suffer in the name of fashion or cosmetics. No animals should be slaughtered specifically to produce products sold through any of ASOS’ websites.”
The retailer, which is a member of the Leather Working Group, also said it was “committed to working with industry expert groups” to support the ongoing research, development and implementation of animal welfare standards and transparency in the leather supply chain.
ASOS asked its brand supplier to provide information on the name and species of the animal used in product and its country of origin. It also asked that synthetic materials made to look like animal products to “be clearly labelled as faux” on the product description and care label.
It concluded: “All ASOS Brand suppliers, brands (including Outlet) and marketplace sellers are required to comply with the points raised in this policy.”