Mark Oaten, CEO of the International Fur Federation, representing the fur trade worldwide, said: “For many years we have been proud to work with Burberry and provide them with high quality natural furs.
“We understand and support their initiative to minimise waste and how they are dealing with the stock burning issue in order to be more environmentally friendly.
“However their decision to phase out fur is disappointing and contradicts their statement of, ‘luxury being environmentally responsible’.
“Substituting natural fur with plastic petroleum-based materials, like fake fur, is in no shape or form neither luxury nor responsible and sustainable.
“Using plastic fake fur in fashion is not sustainable and ends up damaging the oceans, the environment and the entire ecosystem.
“Any fashion business with a commitment to sustainability should be using natural products such as wool, cotton, leather, silk and natural fur.
“Fur is farmed to the very highest standards, it is sustainable and many designers and brands continue to work with it.
“We think Burberry should allow its customers freedom of choice in purchasing natural or plastics.”