Arcadia Group has confirmed it will ban the sale of angora products after animal rights campaigners PETA revealed videos of rabbits being abused in Chinese angora farms.
The group’s stores that have implemented the ban include Miss Selfridge, Bhs, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis. In December Arcadia’s Topshop paused the sourcing of angora products after a video of Chinese workers plucking fur from live rabbits was released.
Arcadia joins a wave of other retailers including John Lewis, Asos, H&M and Next in applying a permanent ban on angora. Many other companies including Zara and Aurora Fashions, have suspended angora products pending further investigation into the sourcing of the product.
The impact is already being felt by suppliers.
In December, CNR.cn reported that the price of angora had fallen from £26 per 500g of fur to £15. Beijing News reported that angora farmers had seen a 30% drop in European angora orders with South China Morning Post noting that some Chinese angora farms face closure from lack of demand.