Retailers and Designers Making Angora Wool Obsolete

For Immediate Release:
3 April 2014

Sydney – After corresponding with PETA Australia and seeing disturbing video footage showing rabbits screaming as their fur is ripped out by the fistful on farms in China, David Jones and Myer are both dropping all angora from their shelves.

PETA Asia’s investigator visited angora farms in China, which supplies more than 90 per cent of the world’s angora and has 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-bottom cages after their fur had been ripped out. This process is repeated every three months for two to five years before their throats are cut and they are replaced with new rabbits who will endure the same fate. The investigation was funded primarily by PETA Australia.

“With companies such as Myer and David Jones dropping angora from their shelves, the wool is quickly becoming something that you’ll find only in history books”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “Angora production is barbaric, and PETA Australia urges all retailers and designers to follow these industry leaders and show that cruelty to animals has no place in their businesses.”

David Jones and Myer are the latest in a growing list of Australian designers and retailers to ditch angora products from their lines, including Big W, Harris Scarfe, General Pants, George Wu, Carly Hunter, Peter Alexander, Paolo Sebastian and Jenny Kee.

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