The Third-Largest Clothing Retailer in the World Bans Alpaca Fleece

UNIQLO—the third-largest clothing retailer in the world—banned alpaca fleece after learning from PETA that in the alpaca-fleece industry, workers violently hit, kicked, and slammed alpacas, some of whom were pregnant, onto tables, strapped them tightly by the legs into a restraining device resembling a medieval torture rack, and stretched them in opposite directions, nearly wrenching their legs out of their sockets. They roughly sheared them, leaving them with gaping, bloody wounds that the workers crudely sewed shut. Despite learning about the cruelty inherent in the alpaca-fleece industry, some companies refuse to help stop it. Please urge Anthropologie to stop selling alpaca fleece.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind