Major International Retailers Halt Angora Production
Hurrah! PVH Corp.—the parent company of Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, IZOD, ARROW, Van Heusen, and other brands—has confirmed that it is banning and pulling from its shelves all products made with angora. The announcement follows the release of video footage—shot by a PETA Asia investigator in China, the source of 90 percent of the world’s angora fur—that shows workers violently ripping the fur from the bodies of screaming rabbits who have been tied by all four legs and stretched across a board. It has caused outrage around the world, as shocked consumers learn the cruel origin of their angora scarves, hats, gloves, and sweaters.
Other top companies—including Gap, Topshop, and Esprit—have halted production but have not committed to a ban and have chosen to continue to profit from these abused rabbits by selling off their current stocks of cruelly produced angora. Companies that are truly committed to ethical and responsible business would act swiftly and with pride to remove all angora from their inventories.
Fortunately, plenty of cozy, super-soft alternatives to animal-derived fabrics are widely available. Remember to check the label before you buy in order to make sure that no bunny suffered for your fashion choices!
A big thank-you is deserved by the thousands of people who have pledged never to wear angora on our website and who are spreading the word about rabbits’ suffering by sharing the video. Your actions are helping to create the momentum needed to get the fashion world to take notice as well as action against the cruel production of angora.
Let’s hope the decisions by these compassionate companies will inspire other retailers to give rabbits hope by banishing angora from their stores as well. In the meantime, please continue to get the word out about these abused animals by signing and sharing our pledge.
Posted by Edwina Baier