UK: New Look bans use of angora in products
UK value fashion retailer New Look has joined a raft of apparel companies in banning the use of angora wool in all of its products.
New Look said it has ceased future production of all products containing angora and will have no angora product in stores from April.
"Animal welfare is very important to us and we are working closely with PETA and our suppliers on this issue," the company said this week.
New Look said it put production of angora products on hold on the 29 November last year and has now completed its investigation of the angora supply chain.
"Whilst we have found no evidence of the procedures discovered by PETA we have been unable to guarantee that our requirements on angora production are being met across the whole supply chain," it added.
Retailers have come up against mounting pressure to completely ban the use of angora in their products after an investigation by animal rights group PETA exposed "shocking" conditions in the industry.
Video footage taken by PETA in China - the source of 90% of the world's angora fur - showed rabbits having their fur ripped out or being injured while the fur is cut or sheared.
PVH Corp, Asos, Ted Baker, M&S and H&M are among the retailers that have banned angora in their products, while Primark has opted to halt production of angora products while investigations are underway.
PETA applauded New Look's decision to "do the right thing for animals and consumers" by banning the use of angora.
"Shoppers are horrified to discover that an 'angora' label means that live rabbits had the fur ripped from their bodies, and they're relieved when their favourite shops refuse to support this abuse," said PETA's Yvonne Taylor.
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