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Designer Donna Karan has long ties with the yoga world. But the latest connection is a plea from yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar to change the way she does business. The animal activists at PETA report that Iyengar recently wrote Ms. Karan a letter asking her to stop the practice of using rabbit fur in her designs:
“Being a devoted student of yoga, undividedly practicing my method and
compassionate at heart, may I request you to follow the principles of
yamas and oblige by dropping furs, which are violently removed from the
living animals, so that those animals which have the right to live, live
So far, PETA hasn’t heard back from the designer. “We think it’s really contradictory that she is contributing to one of the more heinous industries in the planet,” says PETA’s Ashley Gonzalez. “We have footage of animals being electrocuted and skinned alive. I would think these would go against every principle of respecting the earth, the environment, and life that goes along with practicing yoga.”
We’re very curious to see how the influential American designer and yogini responds not just to PETA, but to the great Iyengar himself.
We want to know: As a public figure and a yogi, do you think Donna Karan has a responsibility to stop using fur?