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Update: More Major Retailers Drop Angora Wool

Written by Paula Moore | February 4, 2014

Update: More good news on our angora campaign: Retail giant Lands’ End and television home-shopping company QVC, Inc., have made the kind decision to stop stocking angora wool products. We applaud these companies for taking a stand against cruelty to animals.

Last update posted on January 27, 2014:

Update: Following an appeal from PETA, retail giant Gap Inc., which owns Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta, said that it has “no plans” to obtain angora wool. PETA is urging the company to take the next logical step and permanently ban products made with angora, as dozens of other kind retailers—including Eddie Bauer, Forever 21, Limited Brands, Mango, H&M, Lands’ End, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger—have already done.

Last update posted on January 13, 2014:

Update: Following an appeal from PETA, Columbus-based men’s and women’s retailer Express, Inc., confirmed that it has banned products made with angora wool, saying, “We will no longer use angora and have already found some great alternative yarns.” Thanks, Express!

Originally posted on January 8, 2014: 

Retail giants Forever 21 and Eddie Bauer are the latest companies to confirm that they are permanently banning products made with angora wool. The move comes after PETA released undercover video footage showing how workers on angora farms violently rip the fur out of rabbits’ sensitive bodies. U.K.-based New Look also announced that it has banned angora.

Angora Rabbit on grass© iStock.com/maten

A PETA Asia undercover investigator visited almost a dozen angora rabbit farms in China, the source of 90 percent of the world’s angora fur, and found rabbits screaming and writhing in pain as workers ripped the fur out of their skin. Rabbits endure this terrifying ordeal every three months for two to five years before being killed. After they have been plucked bald, the rabbits lie motionless inside their tiny, filthy cages, stunned and in shock. There are no penalties in China for animal abuse on rabbit farms and no standards that regulate the treatment of animals.

So far, more than a dozen kind companies have completely banned angora, including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, H&M, Limited Brands, Marks & Spencer, and more.

What You Can Do

You can help animals by banning angora wool (and other cruelly produced fashions) from your closet. For help putting together a fabulous, animal-friendly wardrobe, check out PETA’s How to Wear Vegan shopping site.

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  • Sandy Porter says:

    Has anyone contacted craft/knitting shops? Or the companies that actually make wool and angora yarn; make or sell?

  • Michele Boman says:

    Every animal lover needs to take a step up and and help support PETA and all the other organization that are fighting to stop animal cruelty in the world! They can’t do it alone without everyone speaking out and stopping the atrocities if no one helps them speak out. Please don’t just delete your emails! Let your government know what you think of all the unfairness to these beautiful animals. Look at your own pets. What would you do if someone hurt them?

  • Nancy knott says:

    Anthropology needs to also ban this

  • patricia ohldag says:

    Good going Peta we are winninhg. God Bless Bunnies we will save you all

  • Deborah says:

    I had been posting the video you have of angora harvesting on the Joe Fresh facebook page every week for several months. They recently informed me that they would no longer be sourcing angora starting in 2014. If you could verify this, it would be nice to see them on your list of humane companies. I realize they are a Canadian company, but they do have a store in Manhattan, and have recently moved into the J.C. Penny stores in the States. I have worked for them for several years, and I’m very pleased they will stop using angora. Now I’m working on them to stop using down.

  • Alison Egleton says:

    I noticed Marks and Spencer had ladies socks made with Angora, also a cardigan. The assistant told me they monitor their suppliers very closely but I said they should not be using any Angora. Has Marks and Spencer agreed to stop using Angora? If not, that’s another store to boycott.

  • Lori says:

    This us good news! But we have to spread the word!

  • Julie Lafkas says:

    I don’t wear wool or angora, I don’t believe that we need animal fur. If people want fur they can buy fake fur. Please stop the abuse.

  • Laurence says:

    Post on these companies Facebook pages not just here. Let your voices be heard. This is atrocious. I really don’t want to buy anything from China right now. I would never buy anything that had fur (fake or not). I will not let me nieces wear or buy this clothing either.

  • Linda jillson says:

    I detest support of any country, corporation, human being who has any connection to the abuse of animals or children! Unite against bully’s and brutality……

  • Yuka Silvera says:

    Recently, I was looking for a ski jacket/puffer/vest with fake fur trimming, saw Calypso was selling beautiful (!) rabbit shawl and BC BG Max Azria was selling leather vest with also rabbit fur trimming on. I asked the sales person to report the designer that I, a big fan of the brand couldn’t buy the vest because they used animal fur & skin. I also saw Moncler is selling Raccoon and Fox fur trimmed Coats. I’m sure PeTA is aware of them but just in case.. PEACE on EARTH

    • Lisa says:

      Bravo Yuka, what would really make retailers heads spin if you STOP buying anything from them, not just the vest etc….Be the change you wish to see in this World! Lee

  • Wendy says:

    STOP the slaughter of the Angora rabbit, stop this cruelty. DO NOT pull their fur out. How would you as a human like to have your skin ripped out alive.

  • Ashie says:

    Angora wool and other type of wool sourced from animals should be banned – its very painful for animals and very cruel!! Needless to say it is against their wish!

  • Mackenzie says:

    Guys, Angoras are not plucked bald and left to die. They are not skinned either. They are simply groomed. They shed a lot, and grooming removes the loose hair that can cause fatal wood block and hair balls. To me you just all seem like a large group of uneducated, cruel people yourselves. The way PETA describes these things makes it sound like every Angora raiser is cruel and evil. Get your facts straight.

    • Please watch the video on this page: http://peta.vg/1cwm “Ninety percent of angora fur comes from China, where there are no penalties for abuse of animals on farms and no standards to regulate the treatment of the animals. When you buy a sweater, hat, or other product that contains angora, the angora fur most likely originated in China, even if the finished product was assembled elsewhere.”

    • jill s says:

      Get the facts straight? I believe it may be you that is not entirely enlightened. If you are an Angora raiser, you should actually be the MOST concerned that it is not being done correctly. Simply to condone what you are doing by looking the other way at atrocities is no excuse. This is your livelihood? I would think you should police your own industry and want it to be upstanding and correct. I am a rabbit rescuer. Spend some time with a rabbit rescue, I believe your mind and opinion will change shortly thereafter. You are grooming an animal, they are a business, and a horrific way to make a living. Have you watched the video? and are OK with it? Allow me – get YOUR facts straight.

  • Sofi says:

    Please hear screams of little helpless creatures.

  • Glynis Precious says:

    I went to purchase a jumper from Top Shop recently, upon checking the label I found it was made in China and contained Angora! When I advised the shop assistant that I no longer wanted it because it was made from angora, she replied ‘what’s the problem, it’s a beautiful jumper’ I replied ‘yes it is when it was on the rabbit’ come along Top Shop join the trend and BAN THE USE OF ANGORA!!!!!!!

  • breure says:

    c’est dégueulasse,honteux et criminel.

  • Vincent Breslin says:

    AWESOME!!!!

  • Rosalyn Marie says:

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, I am a Vegan and proud of it baby!!!

  • Linda Fifi says:

    When I first heard about the horrific treatment of the angora bunnies I was shocked to the point of tears & frustrated that I couldn’t step in & act immediately on behalf of those poor defenseless animals. So, I’ve been praying… every night, & watching for Peta’s updates. Thank God for Peta & other similar organizations who work so diligently to save the animals & change the laws in their best interest. I have a Dutch mix bunny that I got from our local SPCA & I love her very much. All animals are precious & should be protected & cared for before we live to regret it. I can’t accept that people can be so cruel & inhumane… just for money. How low can you get!

  • Lynn says:

    GAP..Old Navy, Banana Republic… You. Are. Dead. To. Me. Period..

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