Last month, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) revealed hideous new undercover footage that PETA Asia recorded on angora factory farms in China, the world's largest producer of angora.....The video footage reveals heartbreaking cruelty to rabbits, whose long soft fur is used in sweaters, scarves and other garments.

A PETA Asia undercover investigator visited a dozen angora rabbit farms in China, the source of 90 percent of the world's angora fur, and found rabbits screaming and writhing in pain as workers violently ripped the fur off their skin.....The rabbits endure this terrifying ordeal every three months, for two to five years before being killed.....After they have been plucked bald, the rabbits lie motionless in their tiny, filthy cages, stunned and in shock.....There are no penalties in China for animal abuse on rabbit farms and no standards that regulate the treatment of animals.

Following an appeal by PETA, Columbus (Ohio) based men's and women's retailer Express Inc. confirmed that it has banned products made with angora wool, saying "We will no longer use angora and have already found some great alternative yarns."

UPDATE: January 27, 2014.....Following an appeal from PETA, retail giant Gap Inc., which owns Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athlete, said that it has "no plans" to obtain angora wool......PETA is urging the company to take the next logical step and permamently ban products made with angora, as dozens of other kind retailers---including Eddie Bauer, Forever21, Limited brands, Mango, H&M, Lands End, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger---have already done. 


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