Asos, Whistles, Next and Ted Baker have pledged to ban sales of angora products after animal rights campaigners PETA revealed videos of rabbits being abused in Chinese angora farms.
Since the videos of Chinese workers plucking fur from live rabbits emerged, retailers such as Arcadia, Oasis, Warehouse, Coast, Marks & Spencer, H&M and Primark have pledged to stop the production of angora pending further investigations into their sourcing.
Now a further wave of retailers have pledged to stop selling angora completely.
Asos said that the site will be angora free by the end of December, and customers concerned about angora items they have purchased are entitled to a full refund.
A spokeswoman for Asos said: “As an online global fashion destination, Asos firmly believes it is not acceptable for animals to suffer in the name of fashion or cosmetics. Asos is a member of the Fur Free Alliance of retailers and recognises that the sourcing of angora and other rabbit hair products causes distress to animals. As such, we will remove all Asos and third party branded product that fails to meet the policy and no new orders will be raised containing angora or other rabbit hair.”
Whistles chief executive Jane Shepherdson said: “Due to the shocking reports from PETA however, we have taken the decision not to buy any more products containing rabbit angora. We are actively looking at new yarns, which are ethically sourced and sustainable to introduce into the collection next year.”
Next product legislation and environment manager Joanne Poynor said that while the retailer had not found any evidence of the issues raised by PETA within its supply chain, it had decided not to place any further orders for products containing angora.
A Ted Baker spokeswoman said as of high summer the company will no longer be stocking any angora products.
She said: “We have been assured by our angora suppliers that they source angora fibre from farms where the rabbits are shorn and plucking is prohibited. We are confident that our angora is from as humane a source as possible, but, as we aren’t comfortable with the practice of shearing ourselves, we have decided that we will not produce any angora products in the future.”