Models present creations at the Bora Aksu catwalk show. Image Credit: Reuters

No animal fur will be used on the catwalk at London Fashion Week, which started on Thursday, following a survey of the attitudes of leading designers, the British Fashion Council (BFC) has said.

The survey results reflected “a cultural change based on ideals and choices made by designer businesses, international brands as well as consumer sentiment,” the council said in a statement.

In February, the event was hit by demonstrations by animal rights groups chanting slogans such as: “You have blood on your hands” and “Shame on London Fashion Week”.

The announcement followed British luxury fashion group Burberry’s decision to stop using real fur and Angora rabbit hair in its clothes.

Activists praised the move, with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tweeting: “Well done to the designers showing at #LFW for ditching fur this season.”