Students in Kingston University’s renowned fashion degree course will soon be prohibited from including fur in their collections. This is thanks to Kingston student Simon Plazolles-Hayes, who proposed the amendment to the university’s policies and spoke at the meeting in which it was passed.
In recognition of his efforts, Plazolles-Hayes will now receive a compassionate action award from animal rights charity, Peta.
“The fur industry fell out of favour with forward thinking fashion designers long ago”, says Peta director Elisa Allen. “Peta is honouring Simon for his efforts to ensure that the skins of tormented animals don’t appear on any Kingston University catwalks.”
Plazolles-Hayes, a 23 year old army veteran, is currently studying business management at Kingston. He enjoys travelling, volunteering for the RSPCA and teaming up with Peta to fight cruelty to animals- including planning to travel to Pampolona, Spain to protest the Running of the Bulls. He says: “We as people have a responsibility not to be cruel to the most vulnerable members of society.”