Recently Fur-Free Brand Also Pledges Not to Sell Items Made With Hair Ripped From Live Rabbits
For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2018
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
New York – After being contacted by PETA, Gucci—which went fur-free in 2017 after more than 20 years of PETA protests—has banned angora wool. The move comes after a PETA exposé revealed that live rabbits’ fur is ripped out on angora farms as the animals scream in pain.
“Gucci has taken an important step toward eliminating cruelty in its designs by banning angora wool,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “No more fur will be torn out of gentle rabbits for a sweater, and PETA encourages other high-end designers to follow Gucci’s lead.”
Most rabbits used for angora are stretched across boards and their fur is ripped out every three months. Others are tied up before their fur is cut or sheared, and their delicate skin is cut open by the sharp tools as they struggle desperately to escape.
Gucci joins hundreds of other top brands—including Anthropologie, ASOS, BCBG Max Azria, Calvin Klein, Gap, and Ralph Lauren—that have committed to not selling fur or angora products after hearing from PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”).
For more information, please visit PETA.org.