The abuse of animals worldwide is epidemic and the shocking footing of Chinese factory workers violently ripping the fur from angora rabbits screaming in agony is one of the most egregious I have seen.
British retailers Asos, Marks and Spencer, Next and H&H have banned any products made with angora although I as of the writing of this article I was informed by a reader that Marks and Spencer is still selling an angora jumper on their online site.
The announcement follows the release of video footage that shows workers in Chinese factories violently ripping the fur from the bodies of screaming rabbits.
PETA released a gut-wrenching video into the angora industry in China, which is responsible for 90 per cent of the world’s supply of angora wool.
Investigators went to ten different angora farms and witnessed, appalling abuse of animals at all ten locations. At half of the farms a particularly barbaric form of live plucking is used to remove the fur.
Terrified rabbits, screaming with fear, are stretched on wooden boards and held by the neck while the soft fur is plucked by hand — though scalped might be a more appropriate term. The animals fur is pulled from the follicles until only raw, pink skin remains.
In other scenes from PETA’s undercover video, the defenseless rabbits are tethered with rope by the front and back legs while they are sheared by men with metal scissors, who pay little attention to the cuts they are inflicting on the animals.
This process is repeated every three months for the two to three years of the animal’s life.
‘After their fur is yanked out, the gentle, sensitive rabbits are left in shock, able only to lie motionless inside their tiny, filthy cages,’ says PETA spokesman Ben Williamson.
The angora rabbits are alive throughout the plucking and are kept for several years, plucked every few months, before their throats are slit.
Angora breeders in Britain say the only way to not cause harm to a rabbit is to gently remove loosened hair which takes up to two weeks not minutes the Chinese factory workers take to rip hunks of fur from the terrified animals.
The rabbits are kept in horrible conditions, filthy cages, surrounded by their own waste and little protection from the elements.
After several years of this miserable existence and if they survive the brutal conditions the rabbits are killed by having their necks broken or have their throats slit and sold to local markets.
There are thought to be more than 50 million rabbits on angora farms in China.
Argentina, Chile, the Czech Republic and Hungary also produce the bulk of the remaining 10 per cent of the worlds angora wool supply.
China has consistently had one of the worst records when it comes to factory farming and animal cruelty especially when it comes to the fashion industry.
“As long as greed is stronger than compassion, there will always be suffering.” -Rusty Eric