Inditex will donate 20,000 brand-new angora wool garments to  Syrian refugees in Lebanon rather than profiting from the garments

Inditex will donate 20,000 brand-new angora wool garments to Syrian refugees in Lebanon rather than profiting from the garments

Spanish multinational clothing company Inditex, owner of the Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bershka brands, has pledged to end the use of angora in future collections after facing pressure from animal rights group PETA.

The announcement comes after more than a year of talks with PETA, which launched a campaign in 2013 highlighting cruelty to rabbits in ten farms across China, which is responsible for 90% of the angora fur trade. Footage from the investigation showed live rabbits having their fur ripped out to ensure the angora fibres were as long as possible.

Inditex, which has 6,400 stores worldwide, will donate 20,000 brand-new angora wool garments, with a retail value of around US$878,000, to Syrian refugees in Lebanon rather than profiting from the garments.

Inditex, controlled by founder Amancio Ortega, suspended its orders of angora so that it could verify its supplier farms were in compliance with company requirements. And although it says no evidence of cruel practice was found, the retailer has decided that banning angora production was the “right decision”.

The statement was welcomed by PETA, with president Ingrid Newkirk commenting: “Inditex is the largest clothing retailer in the world. When it comes to animal welfare policies, many of their competitors look to them and try to follow in their footsteps”.

The retailer joins Boohoo, which imposed a ban on angora in its products in late December, following other brands such as Lacoste, Monsoon, Accessorize, French Connection, Asos, Stella McCartney, New Look and John Lewis. 

Click here for a full list of the companies that have joined the pledge.