A 4 month old Angora rabbit at The Rabbit Grand National [Getty]
Have you seen the video showing the agony behind angora? The distressing footage highlights the horrific treatment of rabbits farmed for their fur - and has caused high street stores to cancel orders of angora clothes.
PETA gathered the footage from farms in China and sees animals crying in pain as they're tethered with rope or suspended in the air while fur is ripped from their skin or brutally sheared. Now a host of major clothing retailers - including Marks & Spencer, Next, H&M - have said they will stop buying the wool products.
Fashion designer Stella McCartney has blasted the 'despicable treatment' and vowed never again to use angora. Meanwhile, an email has just landed confirming that ASOS has pulled angora stock following the investigation in China. 'By pulling all angora products from its international websites and shelves, ASOS has done the right thing for animals and consumers', says PETA UK's Mimi Bekhechi. 'Angora production is cruel, and PETA urges all retailers to follow ASOS's example and show that cruelty to animals has no place in their stores.'
Topshop, in a statement to SumOfUs.org, said: 'Having listened to the concerns of customers, and further to an in-depth discussion with PETA regarding the use of angora, we have instructed our suppliers to halt the sourcing of product containing angora fibre whilst we investigate alternatives.'
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 the rabbits' throats are slit and they are replaced by new rabbits who will suffer the same fate.
For more information, go to peta.org