Anyone who picked up a newspaper this year can’t have failed to notice that when it comes to animal rights, the  times are a-changin’ . Slowly but surely, policymakers, industry leaders and the general public are waking up to the view that animals are not things to be exploited but sentient beings who deserve to have their own rights and protections. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the 2017 highlights for animals from around the world.
Luxury labels went fur-free 
One of the most frequently used words in fashion this year was “vegan”   – as luxury labels are realising that kindness sells and that most stylish people wouldn’t be caught dead in real fur. In 2017, some of the fashion industry’s biggest players – including Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, and the “ world’s coolest brand” , Gucci – parted ways with fur. With so many innovative, cruelty-free …