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UK: Top retailers suspend angora sales after cruelty video

Date: 16 Dec 2013

Angora rabbit in Chinese farm

Companies such as Topshop, H&M, Next, Calvin Klein, Boden and Primark have ended orders for angora products following the release of a video showing cruelty endured by rabbits in Chinese farms. The video has provoked outcry with its scenes of rabbits having the fur torn from their bodies whilst still alive.

Companies that had sourced Angora from more carefully monitored sources, such as Marks & Spencer and Stella McCartney, have also halted the use of Angora in response to events even though the cruelty witnessed in the video does not exist in their own supply chains, on the grounds that the use of Angora in fashion encourages its consumption on a wider basis.

More than 50 million rabbits are farmed in China, with no penalties for the abuse of farmed animals.

Campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said it welcomed the companies' move, but urged them to pull existing stock using angora.

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