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How PETA Won the Angora Debate and What It Means for Fashion

How PETA Won the Angora Debate and What It Means for Fashion
NEW YORK, United States — In the spring of 2016, a group of top-tier fashion executives convened in midtown Manhattan for a closed-door meeting. The conversation centred on the treatment of animals and the ethics policies they had in place. It was clear that many brands felt more pressure than ever to cooperate with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — the international non-profit organisation widely known as PETA. “Look at what PETA did to angora,” one executive said. “They virtually wiped it out.” Indeed, in 2013, PETA took on the trade in angora rabbit fur in what proved to be one of its most successful campaigns, releasing a video of a rabbit in China — the world's top producer of angora wool — being tortured and mutilated, its fur hand-plucked from its body. Indeed, sales of angora rabbit wool — not to be confused with the fleece of the angora goat, also known as mohair — have decreased dramatically since PETA launched its campaign. Related Stories:

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