Several leading clothing brands from Tommy Hilfiger to H&M have announced that they will stop selling Angora products after an incredibly disturbing undercover video released by PETA revealed the cruel treatment of rabbits by Chinese fur-farmers.
Chinese Angora rabbit farms are responsible for over 90 percent of the world’s Angora wool. PETA’s undercover video documented workers throughout several Angora factories in China pulling out rabbits’ hair as they “screamed at the top of their lungs in pain,” according to the organization’s web site.
PETA sent the video to leading retailers asking them to drop Angora from their collections and stores. Brands like Topshop, Espirit, H&M, ASOS, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein have already responded, according to Today.com:
“As of Nov. 27, H&M stopped all production of angora products until we have secured that our strict product policy is being followed,” a spokesperson for the U.K.-based retailer e-mailed TODAY.com in a statement, adding that customers who have purchased angora products can return them for a full refund.
SCMP reports that other retailers like Marks & Spencer plan to further investigate practices at China farms and halt orders until additional visits are reviewed.
“We put animal welfare at the heart of our business and are committed to the responsible sourcing of raw materials, including angora wool,” the retailer said.