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M&S makes shortlist for RSPCA business awards

A handful of fashion retailers and suppliers have been shortlisted for the Drapers-sponsored fashion category at this year's RSPCA Good Business Awards.

Marks & Spencer, streetwear brand Howies, ethical footwear designer Beyond Skin, recycled textiles specialist Emmeline 4 Re and ethical chain Wildlife Works have all been singled out for their efforts to adopt an ethical approach to animal welfare.

However, the RSPCA said it had expected more high street retailers to enter the awards.

"While the achievements of the shortlisted retailers are inspiring, it is disappointing that more high street names have not picked up the mantle and entered this year's Awards alongside Marks & Spencer," said designer Wayne Hemingway, one of this year's judges.

Marks & Spencer won the fashion category award in 2006 for achieving higher standards for animal welfare. The chain does not sell products using real fur, snake, crocodile or fish skin.

The RSPCA Awards are on October 11 at London's Natural History Museum.

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