The degree to which these vested interests have been ignored can be highlighted by looking at Denmark alone. Remembering that the country is the world’s largest producer of mink, it is interesting to point to the Copenhagen Fashion Week, Sustainability Action Plan 2020-2022, which was launched in January 2020.
This action plan doesn’t mention the words ‘fur’, ‘animal’, ‘wildlife’ or ‘CITES’ (the regulator of endangered species used in the legal trade of wildlife). Is the omission of fur in the sustainability action plan accidental or deliberate?
So just what will it take for exotic and endangered species to be factored into the sustainable fashion strategy? Should any company that promotes the desire for an unnecessary ‘product’, to the point that intensive farming is needed in the supply chain, be prepared to forfeit profits if a zoonotic pandemic results from the trade?
While there has been a focus on China and wet markets, too many articles and commentators have clinically sidestepped the role of captive breeding and wild harvesting, for the apparel, beauty, food, medicine and the exotic pet industries; all of which contribute to the risks of future pandemics.