November 28, 2013

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Investigations in China by animal rights group PETA (the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have found cases of animal abuse at Angora rabbit farms. Recent video footage released by the group shows rabbits having their fur ripped out, rather than cut or sheared.

Since the video was released, H&M and IC Companys (owner of Peak Performance, Tiger of Sweden and By Malene Birger) have both put in place temporary bans on Angora sourcing. Whilst both companies have inferred that they source from farms which use responsible animal husbandry, H&M will continue its ban until they have confirmation from suppliers that their strict Product Policy is being followed. H&M has also offered concerned customers a full refund for any purchased Angora products.

IC Companys has banned the future use of Angora, meaning the ban will apply to product from summer 2014. The group added that they will only source Angora again once they “are able to set up a supply chain with full transparency in terms of animal welfare issues on Angora rabbit farms”.

Tags: angora, fur, h&m, ic companys.