Angora—or “angora wool”—is actually rabbit hair that’s used to make sweaters, scarves, winter hats, and other clothing and accessories.
It all starts on a farm where angora rabbits are forced to live in filthy, cramped cages 24/7. The rabbits are denied everything they need to be happy. They typically never experience kindness from humans and aren’t given proper veterinary care, a comfortable place to lie down, or the opportunity to socialize, roam, or explore.
Workers only take the rabbits out of their cages about once every three months to remove their fur. After experiencing the loneliness of living isolated in a barren cage, rabbits must endure the painful and terrifying experience of having their fur ripped out by the fistful, without pain relief and while they are fully conscious. Can you imagine being tied up while someone ripped the hair out of your head?[peta-gif gif_id="9895" width="500"] Undercover footage shot by PETA Asia shows that rabbits scream out in pain as their fur is ripped out.
Rabbits who have their fur cut or sheared off 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 often wound them as they struggle desperately to escape.
After three to five years of this pain and misery, the animals’ throats are slit.
‘Humane’ Angora Is a Myth
A group visited five “humane” angora wool farms in China and witnessed extreme cruelty and neglect at every location.
Rabbits were yanked out of enclosures by their sensitive ears and pinned under workers’ feet while they were violently sheared.
Rabbits on these farms experienced severe skin infections, and many of their heads were tilted at a 90-degree angle. This condition is caused by damage to their ears, likely from being roughly handled. Because of the head tilt, they were unable to orient themselves to eat or drink and were very slowly dying of starvation or dehydration.
Veterinary care was non-existent or inadequate. In many cases, the rabbits weren’t offered any treatment for infections, sores, illness, malnutrition, blindness, or neurological damage. Some were so sick and weak that they lay in their own waste and didn’t respond to being touched. They were often just left to suffer until they finally died.
The Good News
After PETA and PETA Asia exposed the severe cruelty of the angora industry, millions of people worldwide were shocked by what they saw and began to speak out. Companies listened, and as a result, over 120 retailers—including Guess, H&M, Forever 21, PacSun, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger—have now banned angora!
What You Can Do
The best thing that you can do for rabbits is NEVER buy anything made with angora. Just check the label before you make a purchase. Shopping cruelty-free is SO easy nowadays.
Spread the word. Tons of companies banned angora because customers just like YOU who spoke up! So please share this blog post with your friends and family to get the word out. Lots of people still don’t know how angora wool is obtained—or even what it is. The more people know about this cruelty, the more animals will be saved from a lifetime of suffering on angora wool farms. Share this blog on Facebook and Twitter.