Chic Retailer Drops Cruelly Produced Items Following Exposé Revealing That Rabbits' Fur Torn Is From Their Live Bodies
For Immediate Release:
June 16, 2015
Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Brisbane, Calif. – Following discussions with PETA, retail giant bebe has joined over 90 top brands—including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Ann Inc., H&M, and Inditex—in permanently banning angora wool at all its locations worldwide. The decision follows talks with PETA as well as PETA’s groundbreaking exposé into the angora industry, which revealed that live rabbits’ fur is ripped from their skin.
“As retailers and customers drop angora wool, bebe’s kind decision follows a growing trend toward compassion in fashion,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “We applaud bebe for taking a stand against cruelty to animals by banning angora wool.”
As revealed by PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”— in its exposé of a PETA Asia investigation, some rabbits used for angora scream in pain as their fur is ripped out, while others are cut or sheared and invariably wounded by the sharp tools as they struggle desperately to escape. In addition, the angora-farming industry condemns these intelligent, social animals to years of isolation in small, filthy wire cages.
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