French Connection has become the latest brand to commit to a ban on angora products, following a petition with 100,000 signatures from supporters of animal rights campaigners PETA.
PETA Asia released a video that shows rabbits being abused in angora farms in China, the world’s top producer of angora fibre.
“We have always maintained the highest standards in our supply chain and have taken steps to ensure that the angora used in French Connection clothing is carefully collected by shearing and that the rabbits are not mistreated,” wrote the company on its website. “We would never allow or condone the plucking of fur from live rabbits.
“As a fashion brand we are responsive to our customers and to trends in the market and, despite the steps we have taken to ensure high standards in angora production, we recognise some customers have concerns about the continued inclusion of these fabrics in our ranges.”
PETA UK director Mimi Bekhechi said: “We are delighted French Connection has listened to its customers and joined Asos.com, Calvin Klein, All Saints, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Mango and numerous other global fashion retailers by committing to a permanent ban on angora wool.”