A Gucci model in a fur coat. Gucci will become part of the Fur Free Alliance, an international group of more than 40 organisations which campaigns on animal welfare and promotes alternatives to fur in the fashion industry.

Gucci will go fur-free next year and auction off all its remaining animal fur items, the Italian fashion house’s president and chief executive Marco B(...)

  Vendors at the the Yulin dog meat festival: The festival highlights the dichotomy between an increasingly modern urban China and rural areas that still cling to old traditions.  Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

The annual dog and cat meat festival in Yulin, featuring the sale of animals to be eaten with lychees, has opened in southeastern China amid vocal op(...)