But apparently this isn't true of all products that Gap profits from. In 2006, the company launched its franchise Piperlime, a chain that offered private-label and branded apparel, jewelry and handbags. Piperlime offers several items that feature real fur. Fox, mink and rabbit are among the furs offered.
The profit of Gap, Inc. includes that of its subsidiaries - meaning that Gap profits off fur sales, despite its pledge to "ethical sourcing." While they aren't strictly violating their pledge, some animal advocates say the sale of fur contradicts their goal to sell ethically sourced products.
Debbie Mesloh, Senior Director Public Affairs Gap Inc., told The Dodo in an email:
"Gap Inc. is committed to the ethical sourcing of our products, which includes the humane treatment of animals. We prohibit the use of angora and real fur in products designed by or manufactured for Gap Inc. brands.
The items referenced in the petition are not products manufactured by Gap Inc. or one of our brands. Our animal welfare policy covers our products, while other designers and brands follow their own policies."