UK firms halt angora sales
A number of British clothing firms have stopped sourcing products containing angora wool after PETA released a video (below) showing cruelty in the 'fur extraction' process.
The film shows workers in China ripping wool from rabbits' skin. Some people may find this video distressing.
Arcadia Group, the owner of Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Burton, Outfit and BHS, said it had instructed its suppliers to halt the sourcing of product containing angora fibre whilst it investigated alternatives.
Online fashion retailer ASOS has brought in a permanent ban on angora sourced from China while Next, Primark, New Look and Ted Baker have suspended ordering more products containing angora.
Marks & Spencer said its animal welfare policy did not allow for any live plucking and said it believed that was being adhered to across the angora farms it used. The firm said it was carrying out additional visits to these farms to be absolutely sure that this is the case and would not place further orders with its suppliers for products containing angora wool until it has concluded these visits and reviewed the findings.
PETA is asking shoppers to not buy jumpers and scarves made using angora fur this Christmas.
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