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Inditex Bans Global Angora Sales

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Inditex, parent company of Zara and Massimo Dutti, has banned the sale of angora wool in all of its stores worldwide after continued pressure from an online petition.

Inditex joins Marks & Spencer, Topshop, Primark and Hennes & Mauritz who stopped selling angora clothing after an investigation and pressure from the animal rights organization.

In 2013, after investigating 10 angora farms in China, PETA released graphic footage of fur being ripped out of live rabbits in order to ensure the angora was as thick and long as possible. The footage also showed the rabbits screaming in pain, while their front and back paws were tied. After being plucked, the rabbits were pushed back into their cages, bald and bleeding.

After a petition pushing for an end to worldwide angora sales collected more than 300,000 signatures online, Inditex said it would suspend its angora orders until it could confirm that its farms were following company requirements.

The retail giant has told The Guardian, it will discontinue selling angora and  donate the thousands of remaining angora wool garments to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

“We found no evidence of cruel practices at the farms providing angora wool to our suppliers. But after consultation with animal welfare organisations to explore more sustainable ways to produce angora and help develop better standards within the industry, we have decided that banning angora production was the right decision,” Inditex told The Guardian.

PETA was pleased with this news. Ingrid Newkirk, the organization’s president, said.“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.”

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