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Victory! Gap Inc. Drops Angora Wool

Written by Paula Moore | May 21, 2014

Update: After a PETA representative attended the annual meeting of Gap Inc.—which owns Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta—Gap Inc.’s CEO agreed never to sell angora wool again and to pull all the cruelly produced items from the company’s websites. The retail giant joins dozens of other companies—including Eddie Bauer, Forever 21, Limited Brands, Mango, H&M, Lands’ End, Calvin Klein, QVC, Tommy Hilfiger, 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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  • Richard says:

    Never new this and is very sick. Show the world the awful harm to animals and stop it.

  • Louise says:

    Since China takes angora rabbits and tortures them by pulling all their hairs out every 3 months. Why can’t all Countries do like they did to Canada with the killing of seals. No one allowed to buy pelts. No one should buy from China unless they change their method of doing it. You sent me a video of their torture and I saw the video on the proper way to do it. It didn’t hurt the rabbit at all and she explain how to hold hair at bottom so not to pull and to cut above this point and not remove all hair. That rabbit never did one cry. GIVE THEM A CHOSE like you did Canada. Now they can’t sell any pelts to countries and they will have to chose Buyout. Well China should be stopped to. They don’t have laws but let us be the voice for the rabbit has we were for the seals. It is only fair both countries are treated the same.
    You showed me videos of cats and dogs skinned alive not once a year but all the time and how they are still alive. That is total cruelty. All countries should get together to have a more human way of doing things. I can’t stop thinking of what is going on their and how they are getting away with it when (not sure what is it called) World trade is letting it happen in China yet stopped Canada which I believe was the right think to do in spite of the greed of someone asking for killing 10,000 more seals. I didn’t want to see that but those who were willing to buy sure did.
    Please for the sake of the rabbits going through torture every 3 month which is not necessary and for animals skinned alive WORLD TRADE MUST be the law and give them a chose. It is up to you to make the difference.

  • I never knew this. Unreal and so barbaric. Those poor, poor animals. My father raised angora whites in the 70′s and we sold the rabbits alive. I was told the meat was sold as well as the fur. I sure hope so. This makes me feel so so bad :(

  • This world is a hateful world ….the. devil feels like hes a winner…..God will prevail in the end

  • Wolfzilla88 says:

    One question: why would somebody make clothes out of rabbits anyway? THEY ARE BUNNIES! Possibly one of the cutest animals ever, are ripping they’re fur out. I’m happy for gap for dropping angora, but I wish more companies would stop torturing the poor things.

  • Katie says:

    Thank God! I actually work for Gap and have been debating quitting. I’m happy for the rabbits…and happy I get to keep my job ;)

  • B L Harant says:

    So glad to see so many prominent fashion names agreeing to stop using angora! Would PETA please put together a thank you to the heads of these companies, who may be placing animal welfare above their profit margins? We need to let them know how much we appreciate their decision.

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