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Protesters to stage Oxford Street demo against angora clothing

Animal rights activists dressed as rabbits will stage a demonstration on Oxford Street today (December 19) to protest against the sale of angora wool after a video exposing extreme cruelty in the production of the material went viral online.

The video and subsequent action by pressure groups has already led to a number of major UK retailers pulling angora products from their shelves.

High street retailers H&M, Next and M&S have ceased sales of clothing made with the material, with Asos following suit at the beginning of this week.

Tomorrow’s protest has been called by PETA, which released footage taken by its own investigative team in Asia showing workers in China tearing fur out of live rabbits’ skins.

PETA spokesperson Kirsty Henderson said: “PETA is appealing to shoppers this holiday season. Please take the time to read the label on that sweater or scarf. If it says ‘angora’, remember the gentle rabbits whose fur was cruelly ripped out of their skin – and leave the item on the shelf.”

The protest is set to take place on the corner of Argyle Street and Oxford Street from 11am on Thursday.

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