James Perse Los Angeles Confirms End of Angora-Wool Sales After Hearing From PETA

Retailer Drops Cruelly Produced Items Following Exposé Revealing That Rabbits Scream When Their Fur Is Ripped Out

For Immediate Release:
December 7, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – After hearing from PETA, high-end retailer James Perse Los Angeles has joined the ranks of over 110 top brands—including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Ann Inc., H&M, and Inditex—in banning angora wool from its collections. The decision comes after the company learned about PETA’s groundbreaking exposé of the angora-wool industry, which revealed that live rabbits’ fur is ripped from their skin.

“As customers increasingly turn away from angora, James Perse’s forward-thinking decision makes sound business sense,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Many companies have already dropped angora from their shelves, and PETA is calling on others to follow their kind example.”

As revealed by PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—in its exposé of angora farms in China, some rabbits 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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