After PETA Asia released its shocking undercover video footage showing how workers violently rip the hair out of angora rabbits’ writhing bodies, compassionate people around the world took action by donating to help fund the campaigns of PETA and their international affiliates, sharing the video footage with others, vowing not to wear angora again and contacting stores to demand that they stop selling angora products.
Designers and retailers listened, and the list of companies that have made changes is a long one. Here’s a summary of developments to date:
More than two dozen Australian designers, including George Wu, Alexi Freeman, Carly Hunter, Peter Alexander and Collette Dinnigan, have taken the compassionate step of banning angora rabbit wool from their clothing lines.
These international companies have gone all the way by immediately taking angora items off their shelves and promising not to use angora wool ever again: AllSaints, ASOS, Boden, Calvin Klein, Cheap Monday, COS, Mango, Monki and Tommy Hilfiger.
Although these companies are still selling existing angora stock, they have pledged to keep angora wool out of all future collections: Arcadia Group (which includes BHS, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, Topman, Topshop and Wallis), C&A, Coast, Debenhams, Fat Face, Forever 21, Gina Tricot, H&M, Hobbs, John Lewis, Lands’ End, Marks & Spencer, Muji, New Look, Next, Phase Eight, Primark, River Island, Ted Baker and Whistles.
And although these companies have not yet committed to keeping angora wool out of future collections, they have taken a vital first step by suspending its production for now: Esprit, French Connection, Gap Inc, Jaeger, Lindex, Monsoon and Accessorize, Oasis, Warehouse and Zara.