PVH Corp Nixes Angora After PETA Asia Investigation in China Reveals Workers Ripping Fur From Live, Screaming Rabbits
For Immediate Release:
19 December 2013
Sydney – After discussions with PETA US, PVH Corp – the parent company of Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, IZOD, ARROW, Van Heusen and other brands – has confirmed that it is banning and pulling from its shelves any products made with angora. The announcement follows the release of video footage – shot by a PETA Asia investigator in China, the source of 90 per cent of the world’s angora fur – that shows workers violently ripping the fur from the bodies of screaming rabbits who have been tied by all four legs and stretched across a board. The investigation was funded by PETA Australia.
“By pulling all angora products from its international websites and shelves, PVH has done the right thing for animals and consumers”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “Angora production is cruel, and PETA urges all retailers to follow PVH’s example and show that cruelty to animals has no place in their stores. And the best way consumers can give rabbits a merry Christmas is by not purchasing any angora.”
PETA Asia’s investigator visited angora farms in China, where there are no penalties for animal abuse on rabbit farms and no standards that regulate the treatment of animals. The investigator documented rabbits, who are highly sensitive and social animals, lying in shock and isolation inside tiny, filthy wire-bottomed cages after having their fur ripped out. This process is repeated every three months for two to five years before their throats are slit and they’re replaced by new rabbits who will endure the same fate.
PETA is pleased that other companies – including Topshop and Esprit – have halted the production of angora products, but consumers are angry that these companies have not committed to banning them and have chosen to squeeze every last dime out of these rabbits by continuing to sell off their current stocks of cruelly produced angora. Companies that are truly committed to ethical and responsible business practices would act swiftly and with pride and remove any angora from their inventories. Other companies, such as Zara, have failed to take any action whatsoever and will bear the brunt of their soon-to-be ex-customers’ anger.
Broadcast-quality video footage and photos are available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.