John Lewis has become the latest retailer to completely ban angora products following the release of a video by animal rights campaigners PETA that showed rabbits being abused in Chinese angora farms.
The department store has committed to a permanent ban on angora wool in its future collections as well as those stocked by third-party companies in its 40 stores across the UK, following complaints from customers who saw the PETA video.
A spokeswoman for the retailer said: “John Lewis is committed to ensuring high standards of animal welfare in all stages of the supply chain and we require our suppliers to do likewise. While we found no evidence of unacceptable animal welfare practices, nevertheless we have decided to no longer include angora in future John Lewis own brand or branded products”.
It joins other retailers such as Asos, H&M and Next in applying a permanent ban, although many other companies including Arcadia Group retailers, Zara and Aurora Fashions, have suspended angora products.
Since video footage (see below) of a rabbit farmer pulling tufts of fur from a live animal first emerged, the move by Western retailers appears to be having a knock on effect on the angora industry.
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.