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Will you save an animal’s skin?‏

February 28, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Right now on angora farms in China—the world’s largest producer and exporter of angora wool—thousands of rabbits are being housed in long rows of filthy cages. When the operators of these farms deem these sensitive animals’ fur to be long enough, the rabbits will be tightly restrained and their fur will be ripped from their skin by the handful.

The screams of these animals as they endure this horrific cruelty is chilling.

We need your help to stop their suffering and save countless animals from misery like this. Will you help save an animal’s skin and help us end suffering of all animals by giving generously online today?

The shocking footage recently captured by PETA Asia investigators reveals the intense suffering of frightened, gentle rabbits whose long, soft fur is used to make sweaters, shawls, and accessories. Workers are seen violently tearing the fur from the animals’ abdomens and backs. After this painful ordeal, which the rabbits endure every two to three months, many of them go into shock, lying frozen in terror inside their tiny cages, unable to eat or drink. Those who don’t die outright from the repeated trauma are often killed for meat after two to five years of this misery.

Ninety percent of the world’s angora comes from China, where there are no penalties for the abuse of animals on farms and no standards to regulate their treatment. Yet despite the global outcry following the release of this investigation of 10 different farms in that country, the Chinese government continues to endorse angora farming. Thankfully—with the help of caring people like you from around the world—the movement to stop the suffering revealed in this groundbreaking investigation is growing.

Please donate now and help provide us with the resources that we need to do even more to stop the global skins trade and shut down other cruel industries.

In the short time since PETA Asia’s horrifying footage of angora farms was released, it has been viewed almost 3 million times and tens of thousands of people have pledged online not to buy or wear angora. Media around the world—including in China—have shared the investigation’s shocking revelations and opened the eyes of countless consumers to the misery that goes into the angora sweaters on retailers’ shelves.

This powerful campaign is quickly changing more than just consumer attitudes—it’s also prompting many of the largest commercial names in fashion to make dramatic changes to their policies on angora products. Already dozens of international retailers, including Eddie Bauer, Forever 21, Limited Brands, Mango, H&M, Lands’ End, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger, have announced a permanent ban on products made with angora, and recently after a direct appeal from PETA, multibillion-dollar retail giant Gap Inc.—owner of Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta—declared that it has “no plans” to obtain angora wool.

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