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Foxes, rabbits, and raccoon dogs are being slaughtered. GAP Inc., please stop selling fur.

Gap Inc. profits from animals' suffering in the fur industry. Raccoon dogs, foxes, rabbits, and mink are slaughtered and skinned for Gap Inc.'s Intermix stores despite widespread cruelty to animals who are often beaten, electrocuted, or bled to death for their fur. Please sign my petition asking Gap Inc. to go completely fur-free. If this issue sounds familiar, it's because a spokesperson for Gap Inc. said: "We are committed to the ethical sourcing of our products, which includes the humane treatment of animals," when they announced that their Piperlime stores would stop selling fur in September 2014. This was in response to a petition I created on Change.org. But they stopped short of putting this policy in place across all stores. The abhorrent physical conditions in which these animals suffer on fur factory farms lead to behaviors consistent with extreme psychological trauma such as rocking, head bobbing, self-mutilation, and even cannibalism. Wild animals trapped for their fur are caught in steel leg traps or in strangulation snares. Foxes caught in the jaws of a steel leg trap have been known to attempt to chew off their own feet in an attempt to escape. Animals are beaten, electrocuted, or have their heads stomped on before being skinned. Undercover video investigations often show animals still breathing and flinching while being skinned. Many Gap, Inc. fur products are made in China, a country with virtually nonexistent animal cruelty laws. In a particularly gut-wrenching clip from a Chinese factory, a skinned animal lifts his head and looks into the camera. Gap Inc. owns numerous stores including Banana Republic, Piperlime, Old Navy, Athleta -- all of which seem to be fur-free. If they already claim to care about humane treatment of animals, why are they allowing their Intermix stores to keep selling so many fur coats, hats, gloves, and other accessories from animals killed all over the world? I have reached out to Gap Inc. and it is clear that they care about the concerns of their customers. The same spokesperson who talked about humane treatment of animals also said they are "committed to our customers and welcome your feedback." In my correspondence, I inquired about the possibility of removing fur from the shelves of all Gap Inc. stores. After agreeing to look into the issue and get back to me, I never heard from them again. A subsequent follow up email was also never returned. So that's why I'm asking Gap Inc. to adopt a consistent fur-free policy across all its companies. Please take a stand against the heartless slaughter of animals! Sign my petition and cease to shop at any Gap Inc. store until this corporation agrees to go fur free.

Sarah Maddux
290,560 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Gap Inc.

Stop up-charging for women's plus-sized clothing

Every woman knows how hard it is to find a good pair of jeans:  a pair that is the right fit at the right price. That’s why I was shocked when, during a recent visit to Old Navy’s website, I noticed that they were charging $12-$15 more for plus-sized womens jeans -- but not upcharging jeans for “big” men. If they are charging plus-sized women more to cover the cost of the fabric being used, then why aren’t they doing the same for men? I was fine paying the extra money as a plus-sized woman, because, you know, more fabric equals higher cost of manufacture. However, selling jeans to larger-sized men at the same cost as they sell to smaller men not only negates the cost of manufacture argument, but indicates that Old Navy is participating in both sexism and sizeism, directed only at women. For example: Old Navy’s Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans cost $27 in a size 6. The same jeans in a size 26 cost $40. Alternatively, the men’s Slim-Fit Jean costs $25--no matter the size. Old Navy even takes it one-step further, by separating out “Women’s Plus” clothes into a completely different section of the website, but keeping all of the mens clothes together. I don’t understand why me and women like me are being singled out and forced to pay more by Old Navy, when our male counterparts are not. This is entirely unfair and offensive on many levels. For a company like Old Navy, who claims to be inclusive and strives to provide affordable clothing for everyone, this practice completely undermines their mission.Please join me in calling on Old Navy to take a stand as a leader in their industry, and tell them to stop their discriminatory pricing practices and offer products at a fair cost to ALL people of size, not just men.

Renee Posey
95,215 supporters
Petitioning H&M, Adidas, Gap Inc., Gap, NIKE, agm@sriudyog.com , saurav.kumar@ap.averydennison.com , ozgur.aksoy@hm.com , orine.dsouza@hm.com , gangamma.kc@hm.com , sharmila_nithyanand@gap.com , Marks & Spence...

Garment Workers on Hunger Strike in India!

We are workers at Avery Dennison India Pvt. Ltd in, and also members of Garment and Textile workers Union (GATWU) Bangalore, India, and we are now on a hunger strike to protest the inhumane behavior of our management, and also violation of various Indian labour laws!! It's a multimillion dollar operation which produces products for brand giants such as H&M, Adidas, Zara, Levi's, Gap, Marks & Spencer, Nike, and many others. For many years, Avery Dennison has been paying us differing wages for the same amount of work, through subcontracting out some of us but not others. They have used this as an excuse to pay UNDER the already-low minimum wage for the work we do! Several of our colleagues have been forced to work back-to-back short-term contracts for the same amount of work, with no stoppage, just like permanent employees, but with none of the benefits, some for over 10 years. This is completely unacceptable; we have the right to provide for our families just like any other worker. When we see the CEOs and owners of some of these firms making the list of richest billionaires in the world, we know that it is our labor that creates their profits, yet our factory refuses to respect our basic rights or the rule of law. This is why we decided to form a union. With the support of Garment and Textile Workers' Union, we organized to tell our employer that we deserve our basic rights. The employer, instead of respectfully negotiating with us, decided to retaliate. They illegally dismissed 44 of our colleagues for daring to stand up for our rights and to scare us into submission. But we will not be intimidated! We are now on our 5th day of our hunger strike to demand that they: Reinstate ALL terminated workers Make contract workers permanent Provide equal pay for equal work Stop worker discrimination Stop union busting! Join us to demand that Avery Dennison, and the brands that work with them, do the right thing!  Signed,  Avery Dennison Pvt. Ltd. Workers Bangalore, India

International Union League for Brand Responsibility
82,738 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Gap Inc.

Help rabbits and foxes slaughtered for fur at Piperlime stores

I was so upset when I saw an ad on Facebook advertising real fur at Piperlime! I did some research and found this women's fashion company, owned by Gap Inc, is selling several products made from dead foxes and rabbits. These innocent creatures are beaten, electrocuted, or have their heads and necks stepped on. Animals killed for the fur industry are often skinned alive! How can Piperlime justify such cruelty for a fashion statement? Please sign my petition to demand Piperlime to stop selling fur. Animals on fur factory farms live in small, dirty cages with very little room to move and exhibit their natural behaviors. They are forced to suffer through extreme heat and cold. Due to poor veterinary care and almost nonexistent animal welfare laws, animals must often live with broken limbs or in cages with other dead animals prior to meeting their horrific deaths. When I reached out to Piperlime's parent company, Gap Inc., they said: "We prohibit the use of angora and real fur in products designed by or manufactured for Gap Inc. brands." But they then went on to say other designers' products sold at their Piperlime stores "follow their own policies," and they don't seem to have any problem with that. What kind of illogical corporate PR statement in that? To make matters worse, it appears they are unlawfully selling this fur because it's labeled as "real" fur, but does not list the country of origin. The Fur Products Labeling Act considers this false and deceptive advertising because it "does not show the name of the country of origin of any imported furs or those contained in a fur product." It is appalling that retailers like Piperlime are willing to capitalize on the needless suffering of innocent creatures just to make a profit. I am normally a big fan of Gap, but if Gap Inc and Piperlime think they can get away with selling these products of misery, they are wrong. Please tell Piperlime that their willingness to promote fur items in their Fall line is cruel, ignorant, and entirely unacceptable.  photo: Jo-Anne McArthur for Animal Equality

Sarah Maddux
52,230 supporters
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Petitioning John Lewis Partnership, Clarks , Debenhams , Marks & Spencer, Gap Inc.

End gender-stereotyping in children's clothes

Little girls can like robots and fire engines.  Little boys can like teddy bears and rabbits.  So why do clothing retailers like Gap, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, John Lewis and shoe retailers like Clarks assume old-fashioned gender stereo-typing when they advertise on their websites?  As the parent of a young child, I have to look in the boys' section if I want to find robots, fire engines, dinosaurs, space rockets etc, when in reality things like pyjamas, t-shirts, socks, shoes up to the age of 6 or 7 years old can easily be unisex.  Girls go on adventures too!  Sometimes they want to be princesses and sometimes they want to drive a space rocket. So Gap, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, John Lewis - stop perpetuating these stereotypes!  There is no need for it in this day and age.  Advertise robots in both boys and girls clothing and you can double your intended market audience.  Clarks and other shoe retailers - please can we have more gender-neutral shoes?  Some girls love pink or flowery shoes which is great, but some girls want more choice than that.  Boost your business and allow girls and boys to realise their dreams whatever they may be.

Sarah Watson
159 supporters
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Petitioning Forever 21, Gap Inc., American Eagle Outfitters

Plus Size Clothing Carried in American Eagle, GAP Co,Forever 21, and other fashion stores.

Hello,My name is Kobe Brown and I am an 18 year old living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I weigh 291 pounds and I am 5'10. I don't really think about my weight sometimes but my recent relationships with clothing stores has forced me into a negative space that I am sure many other plus size men face. I  am going off to college soon and any college student will tell you that one of the best aspect of college is a new start. A new start involves new clothes, and who doesn't enjoy shopping! I am sad to say that this hasn't been the case for me. Looking for clothes at stores like American Eagle, H&M, Forever 21, and Gap corporations  can be pretty difficult because they don't carry plus sizes in stores. old Navy does offer a plus size section but it is only available online. Why should plus size people be forced out of a social activity. They are just as worthy as anyone. Shopping for clothes should be an activity for everyone. Women clothing markets are making steps (tiny ones) in including plus size bodies, but the mens clothing market is just slim to none.  This could change. I would love for boys who are bigger sizes be able to feel good in their skin and look good to! I could see maybe not having these sizes pre 21 century, but this is 2016 with people living in all shapes and forms. If you think that these popular stores should carry plus size please help out and sign! To make plus size bodies all over the world feel welcomed would be the best Christmas present ever! Lets make the world a more welcoming place one thread at a time! -Kobe

Kobe Brown
119 supporters
Stop up-charging for women's plus-sized clothing

To Renee Posey and our valued Old Navy customers: Recently, important questions were raised about Old Navy’s women’s plus size line, which has given us an opportunity to hear invaluable feedback from our customers. What we’ve heard from you has inspired us. We’d like to keep the conversation going. There’s a lot of room for improvement in the way plus-size clothes are designed and marketed throughout the industry-at-large. At Old Navy, a significant amount of work is invested in making sure plus-size women feel beautiful and on-trend at a price they can afford when they wear our label. Not many apparel brands can say that they’ve had a dedicated plus size line for as long as we have (since 1994). But, we always want to learn and see how we can improve. Today, it starts with doing more. We will do a better job communicating the value we provide to plus-size customers and begin forging a stronger relationship with customers. As a result of customer feedback, we are updating our policy to allow in-store returns of women’s plus size clothes, starting December 5. We also hear loud and clear that Old Navy needs to be better about engaging with our plus size customers. To that end, Old Navy will be forming a new customer panel to gather insights that will further enhance our plus size collections. This group, which will kick off in January, will focus on discussion, fashion brainstorming and product feedback directly to the Old Navy design and marketing teams. Meeting four times a year, they will test drive new Old Navy women’s plus designs and serve as a sounding board for the Plus Design team. We are excited about the ways in which their input will enhance the Old Navy customer experience. Some of our customers have pointed out that our women’s plus line is priced differently than our men’s extended sizes line and they're right – it is. It’s priced differently because it is different. We invest more in our product, and we’re proud of what we deliver. Looking back, we have not done enough to celebrate what is unique and special about Old Navy’s plus line. Thanks to the work of a dedicated plus design team – a rarity among our competitors -- we create patterns specifically for our women’s plus size line to ensure the best fit and experience. The reality is that while our men’s line is meant to provide affordable, fashion-forward options for various shapes, sizes and heights, men have different needs when it comes to fashion. Our men’s line embraces the same values of fun, fashion and family, but our extended-size menswear is the exact same design and therefore the exact same price. We plan to continue to offer women's plus fashion essentials at accessible prices. Clothes are meant to be empowering, flattering and a way to express your personal style. Old Navy is proud of the clothes that we create for fashion-forward women of all sizes. Sincerely, Edie Kissko, Old Navy spokesperson

4 years ago