Harvey Nichols has announced that it is planning to stop selling fur by the end of 2023.

The decision comes after an investigation into Chinese fur farms by animal protection organisation Humane Society International (HSI) UK in 2021 found “sickening” evidence of inhumane environments the animals were being kept in.

HSI/UK wrote to Harvey Nichols in 2022 outlining that its Animal Sourcing Policy, based on commitments to ethical treatment, was incompatible with the conditions for animals found at said farms.

Harvey Nichols has repeatedly been under fire in recent years for its engagement in selling fur.

The retail business previously introduced a fur-free policy in 2004, however in 2013 it dropped the policy and started selling fur products again. As of December 2022, Harvey Nichols was selling fur products from several brands including Yves Solomon, CP Company, Canada Goose, and Moncler.

With the move, Harvey Nichols joins an array of similar luxury department stores and brands cutting out the animal product, including Frasers Group, Farfetch, Net-a-Porter, Chanel and Burberry.