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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.”

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Nat comes from a background of cycling and fitness. After eating a regular diet for most of his life, he came accross the vegan lifestyle 3 years ago and has never looked back. Nat considers himself an animal activist, environmentalist and keen cyclist, while promoting the vegan lifestyle along the way. He's now a registered personal trainer, gym instructor and currently working his way towards a Sport, Fitness and Coaching degree.

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