Topshop has become the latest retailer to pause the sourcing of angora products after animal rights campaigners revealed that rabbits were being abused in Chinese angora farms.
The retailer has told suppliers to stop sourcing angora products, although a spokeswoman confirmed it will continue to sell through its existing stock of angora products.Topshop currently stocks 41 products made from angora rabbit hair on its website, including a knitted cable jumper, a onesie and socks.
Last month animal campaigners PETA released harrowing videos of Chinese workers plucking fur from live rabbits and encouraged customers to boycott angora products.
The spokeswoman said: “Having listened to the concerns of customers, and further to an in-depth discussion with PETA regarding the use of angora, we have instructed our suppliers to halt the sourcing of product containing angora fibre whilst we investigate alternatives.”
H&M and Acne announced last month that they would halt the production of all angora products with immediate effect.
The multibillion-pound retailer said at the time: “H&M will immediately stop the production of all angora products until we have secured that our strict product policy is being followed. H&M doesn’t accept that animals are treated badly, which is checked when audits are made.
“We only allow products made of angora rabbit hair from farms with good animal husbandry. Plucking is not acceptable in accordance with our product policy. We will now accelerate further inspections of our sub-suppliers to ensure compliance with our policy.”
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