[英語原文] Ralph Lauren Drops Fur After Watching Chinese Fur-Farm Expose Ralph Lauren, long recognized as a leader in fashion, is now also a leader in compassion since he announced a precedent-setting decision to stop using fur in any of his apparel or home collections for purely ethical reasons. The Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation had apparently been considering eliminating fur from its lines for some time, but its decision was accelerated after Ralph Lauren, the chair and chief executive officer, himself witnessed the hideous abuses endured by animals on Chinese fur farms. Lauren viewed grisly undercover video footage of fur farms in China, which produces more than half of the finished fur garments imported for sale in the United States, and after a series of meetings with PETA in February and March 2006, his company committed to pulling all fur from its shelves. On fur farms in China, animals are confined to tiny wire cages through all weather extremes. Before they are skinned, workers bludgeon them with metal rods and slam them against the ground, breaking their bones but not always killing them. Many animals are skinned while they are still alive and conscious. After the meetings, the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation sent PETA a signed statement of assurance acknowledging its intent to pull all advertising for fur, cancel all pending orders for fur products, and, beginning with its holiday 2006 collections, no longer sell any fur products. Twelve hundred of its brand-new fall 2006 fur-trimmed coats will be donated to charities in developing nations. Ralph Lauren’s compassionate, progressive decision sends a powerful message to the clothing industry: that torturing and killing rabbits, raccoons, foxes, and other animals for fashion won’t be tolerated.