Italian designer forced to ditch fur

South Korea is forcing Italian fashion house Fendi to leave fur off the catwalk of its largest show in Asia due to protests.

Fendi's statement on Sunday said it had difficulty understanding the decision and had spent months preparing. It added it would continue negotiations.

Animal rights activists in Seoul had threatened massive rallies unless fur was removed. City official Seo Jeong-hyup said yesterday that Seoul subsequently demanded it because of negative public sentiments.