Following talks with PETA, Inditex, the world’s largest clothing retailer, agreed to ban angora wool products permanently!
PETA Asia revealed that rabbits on angora farms in China scream and writhe in pain as workers tear the fur out of their skin, and they’re forced to endure this torturous process over and over again. Angora fur is used to make sweaters, scarves, winter hats, and other clothing and accessories.
Inditex isn’t stopping at pulling angora OFF the shelves, though—it’s also donating its remaining stock to Syrian refugees through the charity Life for Relief and Development.
The multinational company, which owns the popular brand Zara as well as Pull&Bear, Bershka, and others, is sending 20,000 brand-new angora sweaters, coats, and other garments—worth nearly $900,000—to Syrian refugees in Lebanon to help provide those in dire need with a little warmth while also sending a vital message about compassion for animals this winter.
In a statement, Life for Relief and Development’s chief operating officer said:
“Thanks to PETA and Inditex—this generous donation goes a long way to help ease the suffering of the refugees who have lost so much.”
Working with PETA U.S., Life for Relief and Development has started to distribute the sweaters and coats in the villages surrounding the Lebanese city of Tripoli, in the Beqaa Valley, and in the refugee camps of Majdal Anjar, Mar Elias, Sawiri, and Al-Marj.
Nothing can bring back the rabbits who were slaughtered after the fur was torn out of their skin, but with this progressive move, Inditex is helping people in need and at the same time making a huge dent in the global demand for angora, sparing countless animals a lifetime of suffering.