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Protest group pickets in front of Dolce & Gabbana in Rome

Demonstrators call for ban dangerous jean-treatment process

Protest group pickets in front of Dolce & Gabbana in Rome

Rome, October 19 - An animal rights group in Rome demonstrated in front of the Dolce & Gabbana boutique on Piazza di Spagna Friday, protesting methods used in the production of jeans sold by the fashion house. Joining with the Clean Clothes Campaign, the animal rights group Animalisti Italiani protested the designer house's use of leather, fur and especially the practice of sand-blasting jeans that is dangerous for workers producing the garments. Protesters had written on their nude torsos "Hundreds of children die to lighten your jeans" and "Your clothing is soaked in blood". Dressed as workers, the activists simulated death by suffocation, a side effect of illnesses due to silicon inhalation by factory employees. The process, banned in Europe since 1966, is still used in developing countries such as China, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Animalisti Italiani said that "despite an international petition, Dolce & Gabbanna continues to ignore the deadly effects of this technique".

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