This is so un-fur...

There is no denying that angora wool is beautifully soft & Angora Rabbits are incredibly beautiful animals, which I imagine will instantly make you 'awh'...

Unfortunately this post is quite upsetting & I'm not going to embed the video as it's quite distressing, although I shall post the link below, should you wish to view it.

Angora wool, which is more commonly referred to as angora is the super-fluffy coat produced by the Angora Rabbit. Angora is popular for it's incredible softness; thin-fibres & the fact it's much lighter, yet warmer than ewe's wool... 

As a vegetarian, the use of angora had never crossed my mind, but since becoming vegan, I have been investigating things further. I have been finding it difficult to find hats & gloves, which are 100% synthetic, but they are out there! The majority of items which I have picked up & thought 'ooh that's nice', have turned out to contain angora - so there's no doubt, it's luxurious to the touch. Sadly, behind the luxury, is a very sad tale for the Angora Rabbit.

So far, over 13,000 people have pledged on PETA's website, never to wear angora again - there must be a darn good reason for this! Angora wool is a material commonly used in socks, scarves, hats, gloves & jumpers & as you can imagine, it's demand is much greater during the winter months.

Aided with video footage from their investigation of Angora farms in China, where 90% of the worlds angora is produced, PETA were pleased to announce that H&M have decided that they are halting the production of angora products because of the horrific cruelty inflicted upon the rabbits. 

The video illustrates the barbaric act of the bunnies having their fur torn from their bodies as they scream in pain. The workers, grab the rabbits & continue to rip their fur until they're left bare & bleeding. Following this, we see the rabbit thrown back into filthy cages. This practice is far from glamorous!

H&M have previously voiced their decision to keep exotic animal skins & wool obtained from mulesed sheep out of their stores. Although, they will not be immediately removing angora products from their shelves, they will offer customers a refund, if they purchased angora products without realising the cruelty involved. Other Swedish companies, including Lindex, MQ, Acne & Gina Tricot have also halted angora production.

Having just done a quick search online, it's evident that Marks & Spencer, Accessorize & Topshop are continuing to promote products which contain angora. 

It is worth bearing this in mind, when you next purchase some winter woolies.

Here is the link to the PETA fact-sheet, which includes the video & an online petition.


32 comments:

  1. Ugh, just reading this makes me stomach flip. I can't even watch the video. It makes me so sick and upset that so many people can be so cruel to innocent animals!!!! I'm glad I've never been into fur.

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  2. this is horrendous. ive seen a video of how they were treated. it is heartbreaking :(

    yukluistyle

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  3. Wow such an interesting post as I deeply care about where my food/fashion/products come from and I took will no longer wear angora now - I cannot believe our society sometimes, great post and thanks so much for sharing

    Laura x

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  4. What an insightful post! I will certainly take on board what you have said. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading more of your blog!

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  5. I have never worn angora, I don't actually like the feel of it x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

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  6. Aww so sad. I've been vegetarian since I was 10 years old and seeing or hearing about any cruelty to animals really upsets me :( Thanks for bringing this issue to light!
    www.mrjoiee.com

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  7. Oh no, that is so horrible! How would we like it if some stronger creature skinned us and used us to make gloves? I dislike angora and like only cottons and woollen knitwear, since my skin itches when I wear other fabric. Great post, thank you for opening readers' eyes to another very cruel and heartless act by man "giglove"

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  8. Omg that's so cruel. I never worn angora. Lucky / unlucky me , cause my skin is so sensitive.lol

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  9. I can't bear to watch the video. It's horrible what they do to these animals! Strange that the items that I tend to gravitate towards H&M are all 100% synthetic. Perhaps this is a sign? Haha!

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  10. This is so sasd! :( even reading this makes me so sad. xx Lisa giglove

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  11. I know what you mean and you are right to make people think about this. It's good forwrite posta like yours. I try to do the same writing about eco fashion.
    Have a fabulous day.
    xxx
    mari

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  12. Oh gosh, I cant bear watching the video... its so sad... :(

    GIG LOve from www.smallnhot.com

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  13. Oh gosh... this is so upsetting. I can't say I'm surprised however... these types of things are happening often when animals are being dealt with as a 'business'...

    xox Autumn & GIG

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  14. Oh gosh... this is so upsetting. I can't say I'm surprised however... these types of things are happening often when animals are being dealt with as a 'business'...

    xox Autumn & GIG

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  15. When I saw the photo I was like "omg so cute" but when I felt extremely sad when I read the post. I don't think I can even bear to watch the video. :'(

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  16. This is so sad and cruel.. I didn't have the heart to watch the video..
    I don't own any fur as the weather here does not demand it.. but I promise to be careful if I ever purchase any in the future.. What H&M has done is just the first step..

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  17. sad to read this.. :c i really hope the animal welfare will do something about it.

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  18. awww rabbits are super cute! So sad to read this :( It's always heart-breaking when animals are tortured. I don't think I can even watch the video.

    Bella / everythingaboutbella.blogspot.com

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  19. awhhh =( i cant watch the video, its too sad.. i always fell that humans have been taking advantage of the things around them, and it has gone too far...

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  20. omg that's so sad :( not dare to watch the video..

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  21. I did not know about it! I do not own many items... just a few scarves and hats...
    giglove!

    novelstyle.blogspot.com

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  22. How sad!!! I've been vegan from a dietary standpoint for a number of years now but only recently started ridding myself of clothing & accessories made with animal products. Thank you for the thought provoking & informative post!

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  23. It’s a sad reality. :’( I might not wear any clothing with animal cruelty involved. giglove

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  24. I didn't know that those shops promote products with angora, but I don't shop there anyway.

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  25. Sad to hear that :( I don't really shop for fur and also have been a vegan throughtout my life.

    xxChaicy

    GIG

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  26. One of this things no one wants to talk about... if people would just STOP buying it!

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  27. I'm no animal rights activist, I'm just a regular person, but I would NEVER wear anything with real fur. I think it's so disturbing and inhumane... :( GIG

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  28. oh no, this breaks my heart! i never buy fur because i think of the cruelty that the animals go thru :( #giglove

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  29. interesting post, I had never heard of this type of fur as I dont own any real fur myself. xoxo Francy from http://www.fancy-francy.com #gig

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  30. Awww!!! This makes my heart hurt! I've never worn fur and never will. gig

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