Ovation: American Retailers Discontinue Use Of Angora After PETA Investigation.
When I return home from the office each day, the first thing that I do is walk my dog. We have a routine that takes us past the mailbox at the end of the driveway where we pick up any mail that the postman left that day. Every day for the last couple of weeks, we’ve carried an extraordinarily large amount of advertisements back to the house. Many of these advertisements feature sales on clothing at various department stores in the area and most include some sort of sweater, often featuring luxury fabrics at reduced prices for both women and men. One such fabric, angora, a very soft yarn or wool made from the hair of the Angora Goat or the Angora Rabbit, is becoming increasingly scarce.
In response to last month’s graphic video of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) undercover investigation into angora farms in China, American clothing company PVH Corp. – the parent company of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, ARROW, Van Heusen, and other brands – as well as many other brands around the world, have declared that they will discontinue the use of angora wool in its products.
In PETA’s video (Warning: Contains graphic images), Angora rabbits can be heard screaming as farmers rip out their fur until the animals are bald before throwing them back into their cages where they appear to be stunned and in shock … practices that clearly appear to be inhumane.
“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.” – PVH Corp.
PETA says about 90 percent of the world’s angora comes from China, making it the largest producer.
“By pulling all angora products from its international websites and shelves, PVH has done the right thing for animals and consumers.” – Tracy Reiman, PETA Executive Vice President
PETA also says H&M, Topshop, Esprit, and others have stopped producing angora products in response to their investigation. Sadly, there are still a few retailers, including Zara and The Gap, who continue to sell angora products despite pleas from customers to stop.
Do you agree with the decision to stop selling angora products?
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