Global Brands Group Bans Angora Wool After Talks With PETA

Company Behind Juicy Couture, Jennifer Lopez, Jones New York, and More Pledges to Stop Selling Items Made With Angora Wool

For Immediate Release:
May 22, 2017

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

New York – After learning from PETA that live rabbits’ fur is ripped out on angora farms, Hong Kong–based Global Brands Group agreed to ban angora wool from its controlled brands—including Frye, Juicy Couture, Spyder, Aquatalia, David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, Jones New York, Buffalo, Joe’s, Rosetti, and Kathy Van Zeeland.

“Global Brands Group’s kind decision to ban angora wool underlines that cruelty to rabbits is never in fashion,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages retailers to join Global Brands Group and the dozens of other top companies that are meeting the tremendous demand for stylish, cruelty-free apparel.”

As revealed in a PETA exposé, some rabbits used for angora scream in pain as their fur is ripped out, while others are cut or sheared and inevitably 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.

Global Brands Group previously banned ostrich-skin items after talks with PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear.” It now joins more than 220 companies—including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Gap Inc., Anthropologie, and ASOS—that have committed to not selling angora products.

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