Tightly Bound ‘Rabbit’ Will Show Montréal the Agony Behind Angora

PETA Asia Investigation Reveals Animals Screaming in Pain as the Fur Is Ripped From Their Bodies

For Immediate Release:
January 13, 2014

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Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Montréal – Accompanied by a giant “rabbit” bound by the wrists and ankles with large patches of missing fur, PETA members will converge outside the Centre Eaton de Montréal on Tuesday. A banner over the table holding the rabbit will read, “Angora Hurts Rabbits,” and there will be a picture of an actual angora rabbit, tightly restrained and having the fur torn from her body. PETA Asia’s undercover investigation of 10 angora rabbit farms in China—which is the source of 90 percent of the world’s angora—revealed workers violently ripping the fur out of rabbits’ skin as the animals scream in pain. After their fur is removed, the rabbits are left in shock, able only to lie motionless inside their tiny, filthy cages. After they endure this torment every three months for two to five years, their throats are cut and the skin is ripped from their bodies.

When:   Tuesday, January 14, 12 noon

Where:  The intersection of University Street and Saint Catherine Street W. (outside the Centre Eaton de Montréal), Montréal

“PETA is appealing to shoppers this winter,” says PETA campaigner Emily Lavender. “Please take the time to read the label on that sweater or scarf. If it says ‘angora,’ remember the gentle rabbits whose fur was cruelly ripped out of their skin—and leave the item on the rack.”

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