Lacoste ceases use of angora
- November 4, 2019
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French fashion and lifestyle label Lacoste has pulled its remaining
angora wool product stock and confirmed it would not be using any more
angora in its future collections.
The decision to ban angora comes over a year after the People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), first launched its campaign which
revealed the ongoing cruelty that occurs on angora rabbit farms in
China, as the country currently produces 90 percent of the world’s
Lacoste has requested to be added to the animal welfare organization
list of retailers that do not sell angora. “As part of its CSR policy,
we can confirm that Lacoste has no plan to use angora fibers in its
coming collections,” said the French brand in a statement.
The label joins an ever growing list of 65 retailers who have pledged
to refrain from using angora in any future collections, including the
likes of H&M, Forever 21 and Primark. “By committing to ending all
angora sales and pulling this vile product from its international
websites and shelves, Lacoste has done the right thing for animals and
consumers,” commented Peta Director Mimi Bekhechi.
“Angora production is cruel, and Peta urges the few remaining
retailers, including Benetton, to learn from Lacoste’s experience and
show that cruelty to animals has no place in their stores. We have
sent a box of vegan chocolates to the company’s headquarters in
Troyes, France, to thank Lacoste for its compassionate decision.”
Peta first began its campaign to ban angora from fashion collections
last year when the organization released uncovered footage of fur
being ripped from live angora rabbits in China. The film, which
continues to shock both industry insiders as well as consumers,
depicts workers at farms in China tearing out clumps of fur from
rabbits by hand whilst the animals screamed in pain.
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