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Retailer Cole Haan to stop using exotic animal skins

March 4, 2010 |  5:25 pm

A shopper checks out the display window at Cole Haan, a men and women's shoe 

store located in the Westfield Century City shopping mall

YARMOUTH, Maine — Nike subsidiary Cole Haan has agreed to eliminate exotic skins like lizard, snake and alligator from its product lines.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said Thursday that Cole Haan is the first maker of high-end accessories and shoes to ban exotic skins. Cole Haan, which is based in New York and Yarmouth, Maine, defines exotic as including alligator, crocodile, lizard, snake and ostrich.

Nike spokesman Nate Tobecksen says products using those materials will be eliminated across the entire Nike line after the summer retail season.

PETA has successfully lobbied Nike and Cole Haan in the past. Cole Haan announced in 2008 that it would stop using fur in its product lines.

-- Associated Press

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Photo: A shopper checks out the display window at a Cole Haan store in Los Angeles in 2009. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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