Following the loss of its high-profile legal battle to ban anti-fur protests in store, Harvey Nichols is set to return to the High Court of England and Wales today to stop anti-fur campaigners from protesting in its stores.
The department store group previously took legal action to prohibit anti-fur campaigners from coming within a 50 meter range of any of its store last month. However, the move was contested by Heartless Harvey Nichols (HHN), an anti-fur coalition who opposes the group's sale of fur.
HHN will be fighting the injunction, which the organisation has called “bully boy tactics” in the High Court today and will be challenging the remaining 10 meter exclusion zone which currently surrounds all the department store groups retail locations in England.
“Harvey Nichols is facing unprecedented pressure to halt its cruel sale of fur. Foxes on European farms used to source pelts suffer injuries and inadequate veterinary treatment, before being electrocuted to death,” commented Luke Steele, a spokesperson for HHN.
“The continued injunction is bully boy tactics and aims to quash any opposition to fur being sold at Harvey Nichols. The company should spend its efforts listening to the concerns of the public on the treatment of animals, not trying to silence them.”
The contention comes a week before the coalition of anti-fur campaigners has planned a protest at Harvey Nichols’ flagship Knightsbridge store, in London. Peta, the animal rights organisation has also targeted the department store in one of its latest campaigns, which highlights the cruelty behind 'origin assured' fur, which is sold at Harvey Nichols.
In its new video campaign, which depicts foxes with skinless paws forced to live in tiny wire cages next to their decomposing kin and animal's with severe untreated wounds, Peta asks Harvey Nichols, which previously abandoned its decade long fur free policy to sell 'origin assured fur' to reinstate its policy.
“The 'Origin Assured' fur label serves no other purpose than to make people feel better about supporting one of the cruellest industries in existence,” said Peta director Mimi Bekhechi. “Peta is calling on Harvey Nichols to stop misleading its customers and reinstate its fur-free policy – permanently.”