Retailers Who Have Dropped Angora – the List
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Retailers Who Have Dropped Angora – the List

Things are moving extremely fast in the campaign against angora. More and more companies are listening to their customers and ditching angora after shocking video footage released by PETA and its international affiliates showed how rabbits are abused on Chinese angora farms.

PETA angora protest December 2013

We’re delighted that so many retailers are taking note, and we’ve been blown away by the passion of supporters and activists around the world about this issue. But some brands have gone further than others in taking decisive action against cruelty to rabbits.

Here’s a summary of developments to date – we’ll keep this list updated as we hear from more businesses.

These companies have gone all the way by taking angora items off their shelves and promising not to use angora again:

·     & Other Stories

·     AllSaints

·     ASOS

·     Boden

·     Calvin Klein

·     Cheap Monday

·     Cos

·     Mango

·     Monki

·     Tommy Hilfiger

Please consider sending these companies a quick tweet or Facebook comment thanking them for their compassion!

These companies have pledged to keep angora out of their future collections but may still be selling existing angora stock:

·     The Arcadia Group (which includes BHS, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, Topman, Topshop and Wallis)

·     C&A

·     Coast

·     Debenhams

·     Fat Face

·     Forever 21

·     Gina Tricot

·     H&M

·     Hobbs

·     John Lewis

·     Lands’ End

·     Marks & Spencer

·     Matalan

·     New Look

·     Next

·     Phase Eight

·     Primark

·     Pure Collection

·     River Island

·     s.Oliver

·     Ted Baker

·     Whistles

These companies have taken the first step by suspending angora production for now but have not yet committed to keeping it out of future collections or stopped sales:

·     Esprit

·     French Connection

·     Gap Inc.

·     Jaeger

·     Lindex

·     Monsoon / Accessorize

·     Oasis

·     Warehouse

·     Zara

If you shop at these stores, please help give them a nudge in the right direction by asking them to drop products made from the wool of angora rabbits permanently.

If you see angora on sale anywhere, please speak out. Here’s a reminder of why rabbits need our help: PETAUK.org/angora.

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  1. avatar Richard says:

    Hi,

    Have you got sample letters to send to local indy retailers who still sell angora products?

    R

  2. avatar Andrea hepworth says:

    This is so encouraging but we must not be complacent. What about Tesco? Do they stock angora?

    • avatar Andrea hepworth says:

      River Island have also said they will source alternatives for future production but have not committed to taking existing stock off shelves!

    • avatar Karen says:

      Tescos in Beijing sell LIVE turtles which have their heads cut off there and then at the counter, or they can take them home LIVE (possibly suffocating in plastic bags enroute – taking up to an hour to do so) for their customers to hack away at them at home, so I doubt VERY MUCH if Tesco’s are bothered about the poor rabbits! This disgusting practice was recently highlighted in an article in the Daily Mail. I haven’t shopped at Tescos here FOR MANY YEARS as a personal objection to this inhumane, diabolical practice. The only animals China care about are their Panda’s – because they bring in vast amounts of money from the Tourist trade.

  3. avatar Emily says:

    UNIQLO uses angora fur in MANY of their products. Not just sweater but cardigans, jackets, socks…the list goes on.

    I have emailed both UNIQLO JAPAN and UNIQLO USA a week ago but I haven’t got any response yet.

  4. avatar Jenny says:

    I am sorry to say that I’ve realised a jumper I bought in Monsoon last year is made from Chinese angora. Are they doing anything about their stock?

  5. avatar BoycottAngora says:

    I’ve been messaging retailers via a new Twitter account I’ve set up – @boycottangora

    I’ve been tweeting Next backwards and forwards as they say they are sticking to their animal welfare guidelines (tweets on 22nd Dec). I’ve asked them if they can guarantee they don’t use torture angora, but they dodge the questions. They have however said that their angora comes from correctly sheared rabbits. Phase Eight today have said ‘Our suppliers have certified they use ethical practices throughout the process. We only use reputable yarn suppliers.’

    I’m not sure what your thoughts are on this – I want to keep pushing on this, but what do I believe? Can you give me some ideas on how I can respond to them?

    • avatar Anne says:

      Hello,
      Thank you so much for speaking up for angora rabbits. Consumer pressure has been making a huge difference in getting shops to stop selling this cruel product.
      PETA can’t comment on individual retailers’ policies right now, because the situation is moving so fast. However, we would reiterate that there is no such thing as “ethical” angora, especially as 90% of angora comes from China where there are no penalties for the abuse of animals on farms and no standards to regulate the treatment of the animals. Rabbits who are sheared still suffer – being tied up, stretched across a board and shaved is terrifying for these timid animals, and for the rest of the time they may be kept in small, filthy cages. That’s why we are calling on shops to do the right thing by dropping angora altogether.

      Thanks for your support!

  6. […] good news keeps flowing though. According to PETA's list of retailers who have stopped the sale of angora fur and wool, 9 companies have committed to never selling angora again, 9 companies have removed […]

  7. avatar Concerned in Belfast says:

    Hi,

    Just on the Yours Clothing website. They are selling angora mix jumpers. I won’t be buying from them until they stop this practice.

  8. avatar Heather Pyne says:

    Hi
    I just had my jumper from French Connection refunded after I received your email. I have also written to them asking what they are going to do about the situation – they tell me they are “pausing their sourcing” whilst they investigate. I have asked them to keep me updated.

    Jigsaw also have jumpers with rabbit hair and I have emailed them with the same – I am awaiting a response.

  9. avatar Nicole says:

    PETA, can you contact GANT for a response because they have been very arrogant about providing there position on the use of angora.

    Nobody will reply from head office, there facebook page is no different.
    Please put pressure on GANT, they use angora frequently.

    http://www.gant.com/about-gant/contact

    • avatar Nicole says:

      Someone from PETA please reply.

    • avatar Anne says:

      Hi Nicole,
      Thanks for taking the time to speak out against cruel angora! Because of the rapidly changing situation, and behind-the-scenes campaign dicussions, we are not able to comment on the situation with individual retailers or designers at present. However, this blog post is being regularly updated as more companies respond to consumer pressure by dropping angora, so do keep checking back here.

  10. avatar Jacqueline McKay says:

    I will be writing to Gap and several other retailers who stock angora products to hopefully get them remove angora products from sale and stop using it in their products.
    I can hardly believe that anyone can be so cruel to pull the angora fur from these poor sensitive rabbits and leave them bleeding and in so much pain. How would they like it if the hair was pulled of their bodies and they were thrown in a dirty cage and left in agony. I will be making sure that I never purchase anything containing angora again and will encourage others to do the same.

  11. avatar Andrea Reed says:

    I have just seen a children’s hat in my local Sainsburys which contains Angora and is made in China. What is their policy to Angora?

    • avatar Anne says:

      Hi Andrea,
      Because the campaign against angora is moving really quickly, I’m afraid we can’t comment on individual retailers’ policies right now (other than the ones on this list, who have confirmed that they are taking action). But whenever you see angora on sale, please speak out – a short, polite conversation with a store’s manager can make a huge difference in persuading businesses to do the right thing!

  12. avatar Lisa Birks says:

    Hi, I think it is wonderful news that worldwide people have been made aware of this terrible suffering and that big name companies are making the right choices. However, I do keep asking myself what is actually happening to these rabbits right now? Are they still stuck in filthy cages with temporary releif from the plucking of their beautiful fur? I am very interested to know.

    Keep up the amazing work!

    • avatar Abi says:

      Yes, Peta, this is the exact same response I’ve had. I’m so pleased that you’re working hard on this issue but sadly all I can think about is whether the impact is going to be great enough to actually stop this practice altogether. I know the campaign is also big in the US, which is encouraging. But is there enough pressure worldwide that the root cause of this will actually be completely tackled?

      I and many others would really appreciate a response on how the work you are doing is actually having an impact locally on the perpetrators of this horrible act. Ideally it would be good to hear statements from the owners and managers of the individual factories – if only to make them take some responsibility for what has happened in the past.

  13. I bought an angora jumper 2 years ago from All Saints. After seeing your film, I rapidly checked to see where the garment was made and was saddened to see it was made in China.
    I immediately emailed All Saints and sent them a link to your film. Up to now they have not answered that email. I will send that same email again, but wondered if you could also approach them.

    I think you are doing a great job, please keep up the good work.

  14. avatar Manel Dias says:

    I am so happy to learn that the Calvin Klein & Tommy Hilfiger has totally dropped selling these innocent Angora rabbit fur in their stores. I had a very high respect for them some time ago. But when I came to know the brutality behind the scenes and the massive sufferings they created for such innocent Rabbits in the name of money & the profit I felt like dizzy and horrible. Since these companies have now declared to be free from animal abuse to gain profit I will make sure to get back & promote their names. Thank you to all of those stores/companies who have stopped selling innocent animals skins & fur.

  15. avatar Dawn drower says:

    Jack wills have Chinese angora products. I emailed them and they replied that their angora comes from monitored farms which use electric shavers to clip the rabbits and that they regularly audit the suppliers! And in the midst of the uproar they are visiting their supplier again to check. I don’t see how they can possibly ensure that it’s produced humanely coming from china. I shall forward info to PETA to check.

  16. avatar andrea hepworth says:

    I too am concerned about what will happen to these beautiful creatures now stuck in their filthy cages. I cannot get it out of my mind…

  17. avatar Hannah says:

    I’ve recently discovered that one of my favourite retailers, Joules, uses angora in ALOT of their products!! I’ve now stopped buying from them but could they be added to this campaign?

  18. avatar lan robertson says:

    keep me informed so i can pass on to friends on facebook thank you

  19. avatar Donna Combe says:

    This is what I have written to the retailers above who still need to take action, feel free to use it to write to them too:

    I am writing to ask that you remove angora products from your shelves and pledge never to sell them again. Please lead the way with other visionary retailers such as Boden , Calvin Klein, & Other Stories, ASOS, Cheap Monday, Cos, Mango, Monki and Tommy Hilfiger, who have already taken swift action.

    As you are no doubt increasingly aware, there is no such thing as “ethical” angora, especially as 90% of angora comes from China where there are no penalties for the abuse of animals on farms and no standards to regulate the treatment of the animals. Many have their fur ripped from them, this is not like being waxed at a local spa or pulling off a plaster from a hairy part of an arm, this is excruciatingly painful and the quiet fragile animals literally scream in pain; left afterwards trembling in overwhelmed shock.

    Even rabbits who are sheared still suffer – being tied up, stretched across a board and shaved is terrifying for these timid animals, and for the rest of the time they may be kept in small, filthy cages, until it is time again for them to be taken out and literally tortured – for their entire lives!

    Please be wholly aware of the cruelty that is being perpetuated, and appreciate that any cutting edge innovators will find new, alternative solutions, rather than relying on the antiquated and outdated. Please use your position to do the right thing in this lifetime and drop angora altogether.

    For more information and in helping you make your decision, please see: http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=23870

  20. Hi, this is brilliant news, however, I’ve noticed that HUSH is currently selling anglora sweaters, hopefully to be discontinued. Many thanks for the great work!

  21. avatar Carolina says:

    And what about the large amount of down jackets being sold these days? How can there be such a large amount if down available?

  22. avatar Denny Long says:

    Whistles London, advertised a £295 angora sweater in fashion section of The Guardian Magazine on Saturday January 4th. I am writing to them, as another reader did also in the letters section of the magazine on January 1th.

  23. avatar Briony Appletree says:

    Cath Kidston also stock angora products, and I’ve spoken to my company (whom I actually work for currently) and they have confirmed that they source their angora from China.

  24. Hi PETA!!

    Could you please inquire about the use of fur used in Dash boutiques USA? I remember viewing a video that PETA had ‘broken up’ with khloe kardashian over the use of fur in their stores after she had become a spokesperson for PETA. Can we as an online community put more pressure on these stores to eliminate the use of fur? Can you recommend or share any websites/contact info where we can ask Dash to rethink their policy on fur?

    Please respond!!!
    Eager to make a difference from the country down-under!!
    Regards,
    Sam (qld, aus)

  25. avatar Elisabeth Ollier says:

    Thank you to all the people who work for and support PETA for all you do, you give us all hope of a cruelty free world.x

  26. avatar Donna Combe says:

    Dear PETA

    I am now beginning to get responses from those who still need convincing of the cruelty of angora. From Warehouse (below). I have responded explaining again that ALL angora is cruel and that there are NO animal welfare standards in China – and have asked for evidence to the contrary, rather than just words.

    Hi Donna

    Warehouse has taken the recent concerns raised by PETA very seriously, about the terrible treatment of angora rabbits. We have taken immediate steps to ensure we are not inadvertently contributing to this inhuman practice.

    This issue has been discussed with the suppliers in depth, and we have received reassurances that good animal welfare standards are in place with respect to angora yarn.

    If we can help you with anything else please let us know

    Best Wishes
    Danielle Locking
    Customer Services Team Leader

    • avatar 4mula1 says:

      YES their is.. please do not fund animal research charities. please visit. youtube.com/ms4mula1

    • avatar Anne says:

      Hi Donna,

      Thank you so much for contacting these stores and taking the time to speak up for angora rabbits! It is so, so helpful to the campaign, and a really powerful way to persuade retailers that they need to ban angora.

      Our campaigners are holding discussions with many of these companies behind-the-scenes. It would be really useful if, when you receive unsatisfactory responses, you let the retailer know you’re not happy with the response, explain that it is not possible to source angora humanely and link to our feature, say you will be forwarding correspondence to PETA, and that you will sadly have to boycott the brand and encourage your family and friends to do so too until they commit to a ban. This would be a big help in showing shops how unhappy their customers are with the sale of cruel angora. Thank you!

  27. avatar Hannah says:

    Elle uses angora, have these been contacted?

  28. avatar Elizabeth Kingsmill says:

    What about the issue of Oxfam, Fara, RSPCA and other charity shops which re-sell clothes and accessories containing angora? It seems particularly invidious for charities – particularly animal charities – to profit from such pornographic cruelty.

    One of the other things that worries me is whether I can any longer trust a store like M&S which, according to published data, has one of the best records on animal welfare, human welfare, ecology etc …. *How could M&S not know what is happening on these disgusting Chinese angora farms?!*. They profess to check their sources.. even if they use third parties it means, at the lowest, that they haven’t been asking many questions!

    I am now wondering whether I can trust their their cashmere and wool products are cruelty free…

  29. avatar Elizabeth Kingsmill says:

    Dear PETA, following up Richard’s request on December 21st, can you publish a link to a template letter that people can send to indy retailers please? Emails to the PETA address only receive a generic reply. Thank you!

  30. avatar Gemma says:

    This is my reply from Oasis

    Hi Gemma, just to let you know that Oasis takes seriously the recent concerns raised by PETA about the terrible treatment of angora rabbits. We have taken immediate steps to ensure we are not inadvertently contributing to this inhumane practice. Having contacted all relevant suppliers and discussed this issue with them in depth, we have received reassurances that good animal welfare standards are in place with respect to angora yarn. Thanks x

    I replied saying that there is no such thing as ethical as they have no penalties for animal abuse in China

    Will be avoiding this shop until they change their policies

  31. avatar Shirl says:

    HUSH CLOTHING has ANGORA in their collection

    Please write to them PETA and explain why they should remove it from future purchases re suppliers

    These creature are living a hell on earth

    X

  32. avatar june pearson says:

    Gap had piles of angora sweaters and cardigans in their junior Gap stores.
    I couldn’t believe the amount ….however there were so many on the shelves perhaps people are so incensed that angora is used they weren’t selling.
    I will be watching very closely.
    J. P.

  33. avatar Roma Robb says:

    this is terrible cruelty and mus be stopped. I will do all I can to help keep this out of shops. I will also make sure my friends know the cruelty.involved. Very pleased to hear that my grandaughters school spoke of this to the children.

  34. avatar Fiona Kitchen says:

    M&S still had angora mix socks on sale next to the till last week

  35. avatar Gail says:

    What about DKNY? I spotted some Angora jumpers in there after Christmas. I wrote on their Facebook page but no one responded to it…

  36. avatar andrea hepworth says:

    But do you believe them? Since 90% of the world’s angora comes from these farms in China, where are they ‘ethically’ sourcing theirs?! It seems as though they are trying to fob us off. River Island also sat the same thing….

  37. avatar amanda martin says:

    Primark are selling jumpers containing angora wool

  38. avatar Sharon F says:

    This is fabulous news and well done. I unknowingly brought a jumper containing angora from Debenhams (one of the designer ranges) just before the media coverage and I didn’t think to check what it contained at the time. Once I saw the newspaper report I checked the materials and was heartbroken to see it was made in China with angora. I went back to the store and insisted on an exchange (lost the receipt but it still had the label on) and told them exactly why. Thank you for raising awareness.

  39. avatar Belinda James says:

    Hello PETA and friends,

    I was bought a jumper from Whitestuff which unfortunately contains angora so it’s going back. HOWEVER I am really pleased to read on Whitestuffs blog that they are going to stop using it – please see this….http://www.whitestuff.com/angora-wool-update-blog117/

    Well done Whitestuff!!!!!

  40. avatar Aimee says:

    I’m just wondering if you bought an angora item but it was not from china does that mean its okay? I no there are so many ways to get angora fur that does not harm the animals, I’m a massive animal person I’ve been a vegetarian for 8 years I’m going to Borneo in 2015 to help orangutans, I want to do everything I can to help animals all around the world if there’s anything and I mean anything that I can do to help with campaigns or anything please let me no.

    Thank you
    Aimee
    Xx

  41. avatar Gemma says:

    I have just emailed river island too they need to get the pressure to stop!

    I got this email from ASOS after I applauded them on not selling Angora Yarn,

    As an online global fashion destination, ASOS firmly believes it is not acceptable for animals to suffer in the name of fashion or cosmetics. We have proudly been Angora free since 31st December 2013. ASOS Chantelle

    and Next

    Hi Gemma, Thank you for your post. We have stated that we will no longer be purchasing Angora products. However, thank you for sharing your concerns

  42. I am so happy people are seeing the light of day with this evil abuse of these poor rabibits now we need to let people see how these same people skin these poor cats and dogs being skinned alive and they might think twice about buying Fur coats.

  43. avatar 4mula1 says:

    HELP STOP animal research & their charities. please also visit, youtube.com/ms4mula1 (no lie can live forever).

  44. avatar Donna Combe says:

    I have had this response back from Gap, looks like good news:

    Dear Donna,

    We appreciate that this issue has been raised, and we share the concerns expressed by our customers about the treatment of angora rabbits.

    Ensuring the fair and humane treatment of animals has been part of our brand’s history, and we’re committed to seeking to ensure that our policies and procedures are adhered to as products are created.

    Over the last number of days, we’ve looked carefully at the issue, and Gap is immediately suspending orders for products made with angora.

    We require that vendors contracted to make our product adhere to our ethical sourcing requirements that include the humane treatment of animals. We understand the importance of this issue and will work with others to advocate for lasting improvements.

    Thank you,

    Georgianna

    Gap Inc. Customer Relations

  45. avatar Ali Smith says:

    My mum recently took some angora socks back to our local Aldi after learning about the horrendous angora industry. She asked to speak to the manager to explain why she wanted to return them explaining the animal cruelty involved. She was told they had been asked by head office to remove existing stock but not told the reason why. He thanked her for the information and said he would put a notice in the window. That’s another store acting thank god! They just need to speak to their staff.
    Thank you PETA for all you do.

    • avatar Anne says:

      That’s great to hear, Ali! Thank you to you and your mum for acting with compassion and speaking up for rabbits.

  46. avatar María Fernanda Skaf says:

    Por favor!!!!!! Basta de abusar de nuestros hermanos animales!!!!!!!!

  47. avatar Emma Lepkowski says:

    There’s no place for animal cruelty in our society. I haven’t shopped at many of the stores still on the list. I find it absolutely vile that they feel the need to use real fur when faux fur is available & looks great.

  48. avatar Suzie Dodd says:

    I wrote to M&S and they were very responsive and said they would withdraw their angora range. I then found out that Laura Ashley also sold 31 angora products. I wrote an email and they replied:

    ‘Dear S Dodd

    Thank you for your email.

    Laura Ashley has a strict animal welfare policy and will only work with suppliers that share these values. We regularly spot check our suppliers to ensure they meet our policies and are currently liaising with our supply chain for angora, to confirm they are continuing to adhere to these stringent standards.

    I do hope this information is acceptable for you with regards to your enquiry.

    Yours sincerely

    Naomi Williams
    Laura Ashley
    Customer Services’

    If over 90% of angora comes from China where rabbits are routinely mistreated and kept in very poor conditions, what does LA mean by they have a ‘strict animal welfare policy’ and their suppliers have ‘stringent standards’? I believe this is nothing other than covering up tracks in the hope that we will go away. I have written a letter and included images of angora cruelty asking for answers to my questions, but they have yet to respond.
    Please, if anyone hasn’t written to LA could they please do so, the more pressure is put on them, the more they might stop selling angora.
    Thanks!

    • avatar Anne says:

      Hi Suzie,
      Thank you so much for contacting companies like M&S and Laura Ashley. It really backs up our campaigners in their discussions with these retailers.

      It’s great that you let Laura Ashley know that you weren’t impressed with their response – it’s not possible to source angora humanely, which is why so many other companies have committed to a full ban. Letting retailers that are dragging feet know that you’ll boycott them until they do the right thing is a really powerful tool to get them to change their policy!

  49. avatar hayley carter says:

    Hard to believe big retailers such as zara have no such intention of stopping all Angora fur completely from their stock. Disgusting. We must keep going until all Angora products are banned in this country. I personally want it illegal. Sadly can not see yjis happening

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