Retailers Who Have Dropped Angora – the List Animal Writes: PETA Foundation’s Blog
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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

·     Stella McCartney

·     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

·     Monsoon / Accessorize

·     New Look

·     Next

·     Oasis

·     Phase Eight

·     Primark

·     Pure Collection

·     River Island

·     s.Oliver

·     Ted Baker

·     Warehouse

·     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

·     Gap Inc.

·     Jaeger

·     Lindex

·     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 Jenna Castellania says:

    French Connection told me that they are not using Angora ( I had an old scarf with Angora in it) whilst TK Maxx told me that they have a no fur policy ( although they do currently stock jumpers with angora in them!!) they are looking into their production.

    At last some of the pain in this world may be halted, all this animals abuse is really something I am struggling with. Their pain and screams are haunting and tormenting my soul.

    • avatar Anne says:

      Hi Jenna – Thank you so much for taking the time to contact these companies about their use of angora. It is really valuable to our campaign team, and helps retailers wake up to the fact that using angora is not acceptable. We’re making great progress in helping these bunnies – watch this space for updates!

  2. avatar Jenna Castellania says:

    Thank you for your email concerning Angora products.

    TK Maxx has had a no fur policy since 2003. Whilst we look into this matter further, TK Maxx will not knowingly source Angora products.

    Thank you once again for contacting us.

    Kind regards
    Jen

  3. avatar Jenna Castellania says:

    Thank you for your email.

    Our suppliers have confirmed to us that all of our Angora is carefully
    collected by shearing and
    cutters which does not cause any harm or distress to the animals.

    However, at this present time, French Connection has decided to pause
    sourcing angora to investigate further and to ensure our
    guidelines are strictly being followed.

    If there is anything further we can help with please do not hesitate to
    ask.

    Kind Regards,

    Emma

    French Connection
    +44 (0)844 557 3285
    http://www.frenchconnection.com

  4. avatar Gemma says:

    I know TK Max have alot of Angora as i have seen it every time I go in. So i made a point of contacting them with this responce, I will keep on at them as i know they still have items in store:

    Dear Gemma

    Thank you for your email about the angora wool products available in our stores.

    At TK Maxx, it is important to us that we are ethically responsible, listen to our customers and do the right thing. We have had a ‘no fur’ policy since 2003.

    Whilst we investigate this matter, we will not knowingly source angora products.

    Thank you once again for contacting us.

    Kind regards
    Angela

    TJX Europe Customer Services

    • avatar Anne says:

      Hi Gemma,

      I just wanted to say thank you for contacting companies like TK Maxx, and also for passing on their response. It is SO helpful for the campaign.

      For shops that send back unsatisfactory responses, our advice is to let them know you’re not happy with the response, explain that it is not possible to source angora humanely and link to http://www.petauk.org/angora, and say you will sadly have to boycott the brand and will be encouraging their family and friends to do so too until they commit to a ban on angora.

      Thanks again for speaking up for these rabbits!

  5. avatar Linda A Levy says:

    A big step forward I applaud all those company aho commit to stop buying angora but won’t be happy until it is stopped forever companys still buying angora will not get mine or my families custom until such a time that they drop angora altogether!!

    • avatar Ian M Hoggan says:

      I’m really sorry to have to say this Linda, but if you really want to be taken seriously by these people who, I hope will read your comments. Your grammar must improve somewhat!!! e.g. A big step forward! I applaud all those companies who are prepared to commit to stop purchasing Angora fur, and will not be happy until you do! Your company and others like yours, will not receive my or my family’s custom until you drop this appalling fur altogether!! There, how’s that? Any better? They will know who they are dealing with if you send this off instead!!! Keep up the good work girl!!!! Ian H. Wiltshire, England.

  6. avatar Pat says:

    I notice this is posted by PETA UK. Are the US-based companies of the same names also holding to these promises? …… or just the UK-based companies?

    • avatar Anne says:

      Hi Pat – Yes, international companies such as Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein have pulled angora from their shops and websites all over the world!

  7. avatar Sharon lawson says:

    I contacted Me & Em re products with Angora selling. They confirmed they will not be buying Angora products from their suppliers because of terrible treatment of rabbits. Another victory for your campaign.

  8. avatar Nicola says:

    Hi,

    Just been onto the Asda website and they are still stocking angora products. I have sent them an email to inform the I will no longer be shopping there until they remove all angora products from their shelves.

  9. avatar Dot Alexander says:

    Temple Grandin would be proud of each one who shows compassion for the innocent creatures who do not deserve the brutality of the human hand. [ author of 'Animals In Translation' - a very worthy read by T. Grandin ]

  10. avatar Helen says:

    Sainsbury’s selling Totes products containing angora.

    Thank you for your email about the sourcing of angora for our products.

    I can assure you that we take the integrity of our products very seriously and following the media reports about animal cruelty in the wider angora trade, we are visiting our suppliers to ensure our standards which prohibit this are being upheld. We choose our suppliers carefully and any supplier using the practices you refer to would contravene the standards we set.

    We appreciate you taking the time to contact us and I hope I have been able to reassure you of our commitment to sourcing our products with integrity.

    Yours sincerely

    Gary Gartland | Customer Manager

    • avatar Anne says:

      Thanks for contacting Sainsbury’s and sharing their reply, Helen.

      As we know, there is no ethical way to source angora, especially as in China there are no laws in place to guarantee the welfare of the rabbits on these farms. Sainsbury’s, and other shops that haven’t yet banned angora, need to do better! But your messages are a huge help in putting pressure on these companies to do the right thing.

  11. avatar Leah says:

    Topshop are still stocking angora wool sweaters!! Saw some just before Christmas and it annoyed me so much, I used to love topshop but they have just lost a valuable costumer over their sales of angora wool!!!

  12. avatar Guy says:

    John Lewis have decided to no longer include angora in future John Lewis own brand or branded products. That moves them up from the bottom list to the middle list. This is the email I received from Stephen Cawley at John Lewis yesterday (14th Jan):

    “Thank you for your email

    As a responsible retailer, John Lewis is committed to ensuring high standards of animal welfare in all stages of the supply chain and we require our suppliers to do likewise. As part of our ongoing programme of supply chain management, we recently contacted suppliers about concerns raised by customers around the sourcing of Angora wool. While we found no evidence of unacceptable animal welfare practices, nevertheless we have decided to no longer include angora in future John Lewis own brand or branded products.

    regards

    Stephen Cawley
    Head of Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing”

    • avatar Anne says:

      Yes, great news that John Lewis have moved up the list! Thanks for your help in persuading them to do the right thing :)

  13. avatar liam says:

    a great result, im happy to see this…lets keep up the great work

  14. avatar Ann Pearston says:

    Please add Fat Face to your list of retailers who are still selling angora. They say that they will not stock in future and that their source in China has been checked and is humane, but refuse to put any VISUAL evidence on their site. Also, is there any way to rehome any of these animals which will be killed if their wool cannot be sold – Angoras CANNOT survive in the wild as they need daily grooming & regular clipping. They will ingest their own fur & die. Rabbits CANNOT regurgitate fur as cats do. Can any of these poor animals be brought to the UK – maybe Sir Paul McCartny or Richard Branson could help in this area. I could rehome two – they will need to be neutered/spayed and the given much TLC, sincerely, Ann

    • avatar Andrea hepworth says:

      Anne, there are literally millions of these poor creatures in China. Rehoming would clearly not be possible. PETA have told me that the best we can hope for is that they gradually phase out this despicable trade as the orders (hopefully) dwindle. It’s heartbreaking I know…

  15. […] encourage them to do so. For an up-to-date list of retailers and their positions on angora, please click here or visit […]

  16. avatar Izabella Takacs says:

    Temple Grandin would be proud of each one who shows compassion for the innocent creatures who do not deserve the brutality of the human hand.

  17. avatar Rachel says:

    I have just been on river islands website they are selling angora i have emailed them to question why they are selling it i will not be buying from them any time soon I will look into asda as I may stop shopping with them too

  18. […] You can monitor the angora status of all your favourite brands on the PETA website.  […]

  19. avatar Jan Riley says:

    Jigsaw still selling angora and no information available about their position on this matter.

  20. avatar Vladimir Zhuk says:

    Bravo PETA!!! Bravo companies which have pledged not using angora in their products!!
    at the same time i’d like to know about my favorite brand Jack&Jones – in which list they are? if i’m not mistaken they also have no fur policy, but they use leather. just would like to hear from PETA how ethical J&J are from PETA’s respective.
    thanx.

    P.S. thanx to PETA i refused eating meat from Jan 1, 2013 :)

  21. […] On the bright side, as a result of this PETA footage more and more retailers have pulled all Angora products off their shelves, with commitments to stop production altogether. Kudos to the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Mango. Here’s a broader list of where individual retailers stand on the matter. […]

  22. avatar Jess says:

    Hi,

    Not sure of you no that river island are selling jumpers with angora in them?

    Jess x

  23. avatar Julie Boyd says:

    I contacted John Lewis here’s what they said.

    Dear Julie,

    Thank you for your email regarding angora products.

    As a company John Lewis is committed to high standards of animal welfare at all stages of the supply chain and we require our suppliers to do likewise. Within our extensive range of products, John Lewis stocks a small number of approximately 50 mixed fibre products which contain angora as a component fibre.

    I assure you that following the article we will be speaking to our suppliers about the concerns that PETA have raised in their report.

    Thank you for your bringing your concerns to our attention and please accept my apologies for the distress it caused.

    Kind regards,

    Greg Smith
    John Lewis.com

    I refuse to but anything at their stores until it’s stopped.

  24. avatar Tris Enticknap says:

    I contacted M & Co before Christmas as two of their products contained angora. I have had an acknowledgement of my email and have been told it has been passed on to the appropriate department, but have had no proper reply as yet.

  25. avatar Abi says:

    It’s great to see how many chains have taken this matter seriously. For this reason. I think it would now be more helpful to have a clear ‘boycott list’ of companies that have still not made any commitment to stop selling angora. Gap et al have had more than enough time to act.

    • avatar Abi says:

      OK, looks like Gap have responded – but other brands have been mentioned here that do not seem to have made any such commitment. Can we put together a shortlist now please? I’d happily print it out and avoid shopping at any of them!

    • avatar Bernie says:

      Yes,a boycott list is a great idea. We need to show them we mean business.

  26. avatar Emma says:

    So pleased to see the number of brands hat have acted however I have been informed that Topshop, a huge brand in the UK, have made no attempts to stop stocking Angora products; is this correct? If so please join me in helping to stop Topshop from carrying on selling these products!

  27. avatar Therasa says:

    On this page it says that the retailer Monki have removed all angora products from their shelves but I was in their Carnaby Street store on Saturday 25th January, 2014 and there were scarfs on sale that contained angora! Its terrible that they have gained the possitive press and been seen to be taking an ‘ethical’ stance when they are still selling products containing angora! Retailers should know their supply chain in the first place, there is no excuse for the use of unethical angora, large retailers have the money and the resources to audit their suppliers, they just choose to worry about their profit margins rather than their morals.

  28. avatar Bernie says:

    Monsoon/Accessorize have many Angora products in stock.

    I visited river Island yesterday and found new stock with Angora.

    Zara have new stock with angora and are sending out a generic response to all campaigners commenting on their Facebook page.

    We have a lot of work to do! Let’s keep campaigning!

  29. avatar Donna says:

    My reply from asda!! Not good enough so I won’t be going there again!!

    Asda.com

    Thanks for contacting the ASDA Service Team. Please find below your comments and a response from one of our service colleagues.

    If this issue is not resolved to your satisfaction, you may reopen it by replying to this email.

    Thank you for allowing us to be of service to you.

    Subject.
    Angora

    Response Via Email (Katie Pyle) 10/02/2014
    Hi Donna

    Thank you for your email about our George clothing range and the use of Angora wool.

    I’m sorry you’re upset to find this has been used by us. I understand why you’re so concerned and shocked following the PETA video you’ve recently seen.

    We’ve been working on conditions for Angora rabbits in China and we’ve taken advice from the RSPCA. We’ve also visited a farm in China that is linked to our supply base where no cruel practices or inhumane treatments are used on the rabbits. We carry out unannounced checks and visits to all of our suppliers to ensure our standards are kept.

    Whilst I appreciate there are no animal welfare laws in China, any animal product that we use must be fully sustainable and tractable to us or we will not allow it to be used in our products, which is why we work to the standards and guidelines given by the RSPCA.

    You can find all the RSPCA standards on their website: http://www.rspca.org.uk/home

    We work very closely with them to make sure animal welfare is priority and in doing so has enabled us to win three good bushiness rewards. This is a great achievement and an accolade to the work our George colleagues do to ensure we are fully committed in maintaining our ethical and welfare standards towards animals and animal product.

    I trust the information I’ve provided you with will go someway towards restoring your faith in us. If there’s anything else I can help you with, please let me or one of my colleagues know on 0800 952 0101. Thanks for letting me explain this.

    Kind regards

    Katie Pyle
    Asda Service Team

    Tel: 0800 952 0101

    Customer Via Email (Entered by Katie Pyle) 10/02/2014
    I and my large extended family have been faithful asda customers for the last 23 years however I will now no longer shop at your stores until you remove all angora products from your stock due to the barbaric way it is collected!!

    I hope as a very successful chain you take time to listen to your consumers as a lot of other major companies have on this matter!!

    I hope to return to your stores soon?

    Thank you
    Donna Smart

    © ASDA 2013

    Asda Stores Ltd, Registered in England No, 464677, Registered Office: Asda House, Southbank, Great Wilson Street, Leeds LS11 5AD

  30. avatar Natasha Furness says:

    I have just found a uk based company using angora wool, I find this deeply disturbing and completely unnecessary (celticandco.co.uk) wonder if peta could get in touch personally with celticandco about angora concerns. thank you for reading.

  31. avatar Helga says:

    In the shops of Camaieu in France (don’t know if they have shops in other countries, but if so, must be the same in other countries) I have seen pullovers made of 100% angora coming from China.

    The website sells angora products: http://www.camaieu.fr/Acheter/angora.html

    Anything Peta can do about it?

    Dans les magasins de Camaieu en France j’ai vue des pulls fait avec 100% laine d’angora. Sur le site on vend des produits avec laine angora. Quelque chose qu’on peut faire chez Peta?

  32. avatar Julia says:

    Hi guys, do you know that Topshop has Angora in its new season collection?

    It’s labelled as ‘rabbit angora’

    Please, please don’t tell us that they have gotten around making a promise not to use angora by calling it something subtly different – that would be beyond sickening.

  33. avatar christine says:

    Hi guys
    can you all ask Matalan when they will be dropping angora too as they frequently sell it- I have emailed them with no response and have left a comment on their facebook page which they have not replied to either? Let me know if anyone has more luck than me getting them to respond! x

  34. avatar Sharon says:

    Hi, my sister and I were shopping in River Island yesterday and were appalled to find that they are still selling angora products !!!!! I thought they had made a pledge not to use this barbaric method of production ??? These company’s need to be taken to task!!! I have emailed the company and will not be purchasing from them until they have completely taken all angora out of production !!!

  35. avatar Pauline says:

    It pains me to know/hear that companies all over the world are still selling Angora wool! I’ll never forget when I first found out how this wool was made I think I cried for a couple of days?! I love my make up and fashion but not if its at the cost of something so beautiful and precious. I am trying to put Peta’s word out there as much as I can so hopefully in the next decade or so we wont have to worry about these barbaric issues!

  36. […] and sheared. Following our exposure of these practices, it’s become unacceptable for responsible retailers to sell angora – and for compassionate people to wear […]

  37. avatar Chynna says:

    I’m from Darwin Northern Territory and I saw this horrible process on how Angora fur is obtained I was horrified I have pressed this is be shared with as many people as I know. I was just wondering if PETA or anyone else know if any shops in Darwin or the Northern Territory is selling Angora fur?

  38. avatar H calders says:

    I emailed Whitestuff and no response. Their knitwear contains angora. I tweeted them about a week later and silence. One customer lost. Animal cruelty diminished.

  39. avatar Cin says:

    I sent a message a couple of days ago to Monsoon about them selling garments containing angora fur and they replied:

    Thank you for your message regarding Angora.

    Please visit the link below to view our statement on Angora Wool:

    http://uk.monsoon.co.uk/discover/ethical-trading

    If there’s anything else we can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Many thanks,

    Monsoon

    —–

    I replied back commenting that, no mass production of anything is ethical thus impossible to keep any track, and they should stop selling fur all together or add a big label on the garment with a warning: ATTENTION: THIS GARMENT CONTAINS FUR FROM REAL ANIMALS, WHICH COMES FROM MASS PRODUCTION FACTORIES IN ASIA, in which they replied,

    Thank you for your message.

    We do fully appreciate your comments, however I am afraid this is our final statement on the matter.

    Many thanks

    Monsoon

    ——
    PLEASE BOYCOTT MONSOON AND ACCESSORIES
    Please spread the word on social media, make people aware of their greedy and cruelty.

    • avatar Anne says:

      Great work! The more messages retailers such as Monsoon receive from customers, the more likely they are to commit to a compassionate policy, and having people contact stores is a huge help to our campaigns team when they meet with companies. Thank you so much for using your voice to help rabbits.

  40. avatar nicola says:

    Topshop stated after contacting them that the angora they are still selling is old stock ,however today on their website in their “new in” section they are selling an oversized jumper containing angora.It really is quite insulting and not very ethical.Consumers have the right to know what they are buying

  41. avatar Mary says:

    Topshop has broken its promise and is again selling products made from rabbit fur.

    http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?searchTerm=rabbit+hair&storeId=12556&productId=13505769&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

    Maybe time to boycott TopShop? Or at least protest outside their Oxford Circus Branch?

    • avatar Dan says:

      Thanks for contacting PETA about our angora campaign. Earlier this year, Topshop committed to no longer purchase angora going forward however they took the decision to sell-through goods and yarn that had been purchased prior to this ban. Please know that PETA always asks retailers to remove all angora items from sale, and will continue to do so.

  42. avatar Ann Pearston says:

    As at September 2014, on the run-up to Christmas 2014, which retailers are still selling angora fibre products. Please give us a list PETA so that we can spread the word on social media before people start their Christmas shopping. For those continuing to reap profits from the torture of angora rabbits I think that only a negative impact on their bottom line will motivate thse (sub0human) people – shame on them. From Ann in Central Scotland.

  43. avatar amanda cambridge says:

    M and s were selling socks enriched with Angora, don’t know if still r but will go in tomorrow and see. Know i know what to say to the manager

  44. avatar Lu says:

    Hi guys. Hello, Topshop are selling angora again this season?

    I realise your relationship with brands is important for campaigning and that it’s better to have these big names on side, but can you PLEASE at least remove Topshop from the list in this blog post, as they are absolutely selling it as new stock. Until you do this I won’t feel confident in trusting PETA on similar issues.

    • avatar Dan says:

      Thanks for contacting PETA about our angora campaign. Earlier this year, Topshop committed to no longer purchase angora going forward however they took the decision to sell-through goods and yarn that had been purchased prior to this ban. Please know that PETA always asks retailers to remove all angora items from sale, and will continue to do so.

  45. avatar Joanne says:

    Don’t know why stores are selling this , it’s sick

  46. avatar Rebecca says:

    I do not believe that Topshop are looking to keep angora out of future products. I was just on their online store and saw their newly stocked winter coats with angora in them.

    What is even more shocking was that I had tried a coat on in store yesterday which said was 100% polyester, I then go on the webite, to remind myself of the price, to find that it said the coat I had tried on was 62% Acrylic, 18% Wool, 12% Angora, 8% Polyester. I shall be phoning them this afternoon to figure out why this has happened. I shall update you on their response.

  47. avatar D says:

    To all those complaining about tk maxx …. Would just like to say they only stock brands and it is the brand themselves that are responsible for production of garments .tk max can refuse to buy angora garments , if they are made aware of the brands likely to stock them ( which I suspect is difficult ) . If I were an a girl stocking brand , and wanted to off load now unwanted angora , I suspect tk maxx is the place I would like yo buy them . And would I tell them the garments contained angora ??
    While I applaud the support given to this great cause , think we should be contacting all the brand design makers first , then asking the likes of tk maxx and other wholesalers to support .

  48. avatar Patrick says:

    I am astounded at the support for this cause, it restores my belief in humanity, i just wish that we could get this issue publicized on mainstream networks to raise the issue, because as long as this is restricted to forums the message isn’t reaching its full potential

  49. […] “As a fashion brand we are responsive to our customers and to trends in the market” French Connection says in a statement on its website. With this move, the company is at last joining ASOS, All Saints, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney and other global fashion brands who have…. […]

  50. avatar ruth hemingway says:

    I tweeted White Stuff ‏re angora & received the following response. The link is to a page dated dec ’13 where they claim to have dropped it from all products. I notice a comment further up this page, from May ’14, where angora was observed in their knitwear. Does anyone know more about this? Are they now angora-free?

    @WhiteStuffUK 15h15 hours ago
    @nalina_arora @WendyJunonia477 @_AnimalAdvocate @united4wildlife Hi @kanga_roo77 we don’t use angora in our products http://bit.ly/ZIBw1W

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