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Exotic Animal Skins Are Leaving U.K. Department Store Selfridges' Shelves

By Sophie Hirsh

Now that Beyoncé is vegan, she's probably not in the market for any more pairs of albino alligators — and the fashion world is taking note. U.K. department store chain Selfridges just announced that it is banning the sale of exotic animal skins, which includes alligator, snake, crocodile, and lizard skins. As reported by The Telegraph, Selfridges is one of the first major department stores to stop selling these products.

Customers will start seeing the lack of purses, shoes, belts, and more made from exotic animal skins in 2020. The move comes as a response to PETA asking Selfridges to ban reptile skins, according to a post on the animal rights organization's website. It's also part of Selfridge's Buying Better, Inspiring Change initiative, which aims to promote the sale of sustainable items in its stores. 

"As one of the first department stores to ban the sale of fur in 2005, we are committed to phasing out the sale of exotic skins by February 2020," reads a statement on Selfridges' website. "This marks a continuation of our longstanding commitment to place ethics and sustainability at the heart of everything we do."