Angora rabbits are known for their soft fur which is often turned into sweaters, clothing accessories or yarn. There are ethical ways to extract this fur by gently combing and cutting the excess fur out which can actually benefit the rabbit from overheating.
Unfortunately 90% of Angora fur is harvested in China where there’s no animal protection laws or farm standards. When you buy a sweater, hat, or other product that contains angora, the angora wool most likely originated in China, even if the finished product was assembled elsewhere.
According to PETA investigations:
“The undercover footage, shot by PETA Asia, reveals routine cruelty to angora rabbits, whose long, soft fur is often used in sweaters and accessories. The investigator filmed workers who were violently ripping the fur from the animals’ sensitive skin as they screamed at the top of their lungs in pain. After this terrifying and barbaric ordeal, which the rabbits endure every three months, many of them appeared to go into severe shock. After two to five years, those who have survived are hung upside down, their throats are slit, and their carcasses are sold.
Rabbits who have their fur cut or sheared also suffer: During the cutting process, their front and back legs are tightly tethered—a terrifying experience for any prey animal—and the sharp cutting tools inevitably wound them as they struggle desperately to escape.”
France Farms are also Guilty of Angora Cruelty
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