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Update: Lacoste Bans Angora

Written by Alisa Mullins | December 5, 2014

Update: French clothing company Lacoste has just confirmed to PETA U.K. that it is removing all angora wool products from its shelves and has requested to be added to PETA U.K.’s list of retailers that do not sell angora. “[W]e can confirm that Lacoste has no plan to use angora fibers in its coming collections,” the company said in a statement. PETA U.K. sent a box of vegan chocolates to Lacoste’s headquarters in Troyes, France, as a thank-you for sparing rabbits’ lives.

The move comes just weeks after U.K.-based retail giant French Connection announced that it will no longer produce garments made with angora wool after receiving more than 100,000 e-mails from supporters of PETA and its international affiliates. The two retailers join dozens of other companies, including Gap Inc. (which owns Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta), Lands’ End, QVC, and Express, Inc., in banning angora.

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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  • Thank you and God bless you for the work that you do. I’m thankful for your tireless commitment to the welfare of animals. Thank you sincerely. Cynthia

  • Melanie says:

    Topshop is selling jumpers with angora fur in them. :(

  • Sally Scotland says:

    A GOOD DAY FOR BUNNIES !!

  • Barb Kingsbury says:

    Thank you for educating the public about what it really doesn’t know–or want to know. What about Michael Kors? Everyone woman I Know has an MK bag or wallet but he’s one of the WORST offenders: he uses real animal fur, real feathers,reptile skins, lambswool and more!
    Please put the pressure on Michsel Kors!!

  • Linda Peterson says:

    This is great news and our voices can make a difference for these precious lives. May all others follow the companies that are doing the right thing for these beautiful creatures.

  • Lynn jogger says:

    I am so glad to hear that these companies are changing their ways!! I must admit it’s hard to shop when you limit yourself to cruelty free stores so I’m thrilled Express and French Connection are back on my store list!!

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