Across the world, there are many prominent fashion schools, companies and designers that choose to avoid real fur and fur trim for ethical reasons.
For example, The Art Institutes is a system of over 50 schools across North America. The schools provide hands-on education in the creative and applied arts by offering master's, bachelor's and associate's degree programs as well as non-degree programs. In Vancouver, students are so committed against the use of fur, each year they run the Cool Vs. Cruel contest in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States.
Businesses reject fur & fur trim
The Fur Free Retail Program represents an international effort to provide consumers with accurate information about a retailer's fur policy, allowing consumers to make an informed choice when shopping. Essentially, companies are asked to take a public stand against fur.
The program hopes to end the sale of fur products throughout retail establishments by developing positive relationships with, and offering support to, those retailers who have committed to a no-fur policy.
In 2010, the City of West Hollywood, California banned the sale of fur apparel (ordinance # 11-877). It's the first municipality in the USA, and likely the world, to have such a ban.