Angora fur might soon become a thing of the past, thanks to the decision of many high-end fashion brands to stop using the material in their clothing. This decision comes largely as the result of an undercover investigation done by PETA.
The shocking and gruesome video shows the practices involved on an angora fur farm in China (where 90 percent of the world’s supply comes from). China has no standards that regulate the treatment of animals on these rabbit farms and there are no penalties for animal abuse.
The video can be viewed here. (Please note: This video is very graphic, viewer discretion is advised).
We earlier reported that fashion brands such as H&M, Esprit, New Look, Lands’ End, and QVC decided to ban the use of angora fur. However, the list in no way ends there! Many other brands have since made the decision to no longer use angora fur in their products or have decided to source their materials from more responsible sources. Have a look below to know who they are:
Earlier this year, the e-tailor ASOS confirmed via email that they had pulled angora products from their stock, following the release of PETA’s investigation.
According to the Daily Mail, a spokesman from the company said, “ASOS firmly believes it is not acceptable for animals to suffer in the name of fashion or cosmetics. ASOS is a member of the Fur Free Alliance of retailers and recognizes that the sourcing of angora and other rabbit hair products causes distress to animals. As such, we will remove all ASOS and third party branded product that fails to meet the policy and no new orders will be raised containing angora or other rabbit hair.”
They also entitled refunds to customers who bought products containing angora from them. ASOS became the first British company to implement a permanent ban on angora.
2. Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.
Possibly the biggest victory in the banning of angora comes with PVH Corp. PVH is the parent company of huge brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Van Heusen, IZOD, and Arrow.
After discussing the subject with PETA, the corporation confirmed that it would pull any products made with angora from its shelves and ban the use of angora in any future products.
When CBS News reached out to the corporation, they issued the following statement: “We take environmental, human rights, community and related matters seriously and continuously evaluate our sourcing practices to ensure our products are produced responsibly and ethically. We have recently made the decision to discontinue the use of angora in our products unless and until we can confirm that the angora fibers have been humanely obtained.”
Following the decisions by ASOS and PVH Corp. to drop angora, Zara released a statement through its parent company stating , “Inditex will not place any further order with any supplier for products containing angora wool until each relevant facility has been previously inspected again and the findings reviewed, following the Inditex Audit protocol.”
4. GAP Inc.
Gap Inc., the owner of Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta agreed to end the sale of angora wool and to pull all the items containing the material from their websites after a PETA representative attended the company’s annual meeting.
The company followed Zara and announced via Twitter that it would suspend orders of angora while it “investigates further” into the issue.
Both Zara and GAP were threatened by disgusted consumers calling for a boycott of the stores if they did not stop selling angora products, and responded accordingly. That’s consumer power!
5. John Lewis
This brand decided to ban the use of angora wool in their future collections in its 40 department stores across the U.K.
According to Cheshire Today, the company released a statement saying they are, “committed to ensuring high standards of animal welfare in all stages of the supply chain and we require our suppliers to do likewise.”
The negative response from consumers surrounding angora issues prompted John Lewis to look into their supply chains to evaluate the standards that were being used in the facilities they sourced their products from.
The company revealed that they, “found no evidence of unacceptable animal welfare practices, nevertheless we have decided to no longer include angora in future John Lewis own brand or branded products.”
6. Marks & Spencer
As reported by Green Retail Decisions, Marks & Spencer updated its animal welfare policy to remove all products made with angora from its supply chain and will no longer have any in stock from April 2015.
In a statement, the company said “Animal welfare is at the heart of the M&S business and something the company is passionate about. When concerns were raised recently by customers about the production of Angora Wool, M&S took action and conducted additional visits to the farms its suppliers buy from.”
Green Retail Decisions says with the decision, that M&S became the first retailer to announce a total ban of angora products in its supply chain.
7. Philip Green’s Arcadia Group
The owner of Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Burton, Outfit and Bhs stores released a statement after hearing out their customers concerns, stating “we have instructed our suppliers to halt the sourcing of product containing angora fibre whilst we investigate alternatives,” as reported by Reuters.
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