Inditex, the fashion giant that owns Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear and many other international high street outlets, has announced it will stop selling clothes made from angora wool.
The decision follows massive protests from animal welfare organisations after PETA visited 10 angora farms in China in 2013 and released graphic footage showing fur being ripped from live rabbits as they screamed in pain, writes The Guardian.
“Bald and bleeding, the rabbits were pushed back into cramped cages to re-grow their fur until it could be plucked again,” the newspaper says.
Despite its decision to ban angora, Inditex says it found no evidence of cruel practices at the farms providing angora wool to its suppliers.
“But after consultation with animal welfare organisations to explore more sustainable ways to produce angora and help develop better standards within the industry, we have decided that banning angora production was the right decision,” the company told The Guardian.
Speaking to the Resident, Rita Silva from Portugal’s ANIMAL association said the decision follows “many years of protests from animal rights associations”.
“We and many others have strived to show Inditex and other clothing chains that banning angora wool is nothing more than their duty,” Silva said.
M&S, Topshop, Primark and H&M are other chains that have already banned angora, and it is hoped that Inditex’s decision will push those left to do the same.
“Inditex is the largest clothing retailer in the world. When it comes to animal welfare policies, many of their competitors look to them and try to follow in their footsteps,” said PETA president Ingrid Newkirk.
By MICHAEL BRUXO [email protected]