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Topshop to halt angora sourcing

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.”

To see the video click below - it contains images some viewers may find disturbing.

Peta Angora video


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Readers' comments (4)

  • This is a disgusting state of affairs. There should be no natural fur of any sort in "fashion" garments. How could anyone wear fur after seeing this?

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  • There is real fur all over the place at the moment, on accessories, capes, woven into knit gilets etc and all the products are Chinese made.
    I am glad the videos, though disturbing and painful to watch, are being seen but the majority of people don't really care.

    Some may re-consider wearing a real fur item but they will still happily eat battery chicken or eggs or worse, eat Danish or E European pork products....probably one of the cruellest industries of all and should be banned totally.

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  • faux fur is fabulous, cruelty is so unnecessary.

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  • from Erica Vilkauls
    I agree re factory farming (as well as this barbaric practice). I hope you all consider this at Christmas when you consider which turkey to buy. If you think angora production is bad, view battery chickens and turkeys!

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