To ask you not to buy angora products? (Warning - graphic link)

(86 Posts)
Resideria Wed 20-Nov-13 20:37:56

Was thinking of buying angora socks for my mum for Christmas before I read about the unspeakable practices behind angora fur production. I had no idea! Apparently 90% of all angora is produced in China, link is here:
www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57612939/peta-releases-video-of-angora-rabbit-investigation-in-china/

SuburbanRhonda Wed 20-Nov-13 20:52:30

I wonder if no one is posting on this because, like me, they just don't want to see anything that is graphic and cruel to animals? I can't click on the link; I accidentally saw the photos of puppy farms and still can't get the images out of my head.

I never buy angora products anyway, but clearly there is a market for them sad

Voerendaal Wed 20-Nov-13 20:56:03

I did not watch the video but the article has certainly put me off. I won't be buying angora

MarshaBrady Wed 20-Nov-13 20:57:52

I didn't watch. But can't bear this sort of treatment, so I won't buy it now.

Opalite Wed 20-Nov-13 21:14:03

YANBU, carry on spreading this important message!

CharlieAlphaKiloEcho Wed 20-Nov-13 21:20:25

I will never buy Angora. I had no idea it was so brutal. It's just not needed in this day an age.

So so sad sad

cees Wed 20-Nov-13 21:22:56

MY God that is horrific, pure cruelty sad

happydaze77 Wed 20-Nov-13 21:24:03

Couldn't bring myself to watch the video, I'm shaking just from the text description.
I never knew this.
How sick.

M10s Wed 20-Nov-13 21:28:03

I watched. Thank you for posting Resideria.

I have never knowingly bought an Angora product, but then again, before Resideria post, I've never known to take particular care to avoid buying Angora products.

I wonder if it would add strength to boycott all of any particular manufacturer's products, if some of said manufacturer's products contained Angora farmed and harvested in this way. IYSWIM.

MrsWolowitz Wed 20-Nov-13 21:29:09

I haven't watched but thank you for sharing. flowers

I didn't know how the angora trade worked and now I'm horrified. I won't buy it now.

ColdTeaAgain Wed 20-Nov-13 21:29:54

Anyone able to give a description? I'm not sure I can watch the video as whenever I see things like this it plays on my mind for weeks but I'd like to know what goes on.

Resideria Wed 20-Nov-13 21:48:45

The link actually shows a news article with an embedded link to the video, so you don't have to watch it.
It does say in the report that some stores, e.g. H&M, state that they only sell humanely produced angora.

M10s Wed 20-Nov-13 21:51:08

Hopefully someone else will have described, too, ColdTeaAgain, then I won't feel like the only mean one. I think a description might be worse. I'm sorry.

An Angora rabbit is having it's hair pulled out. All of it. Very quickly and brutally. Literally being ripped off it's body, until it's bald and very, very sore and shocked looking. Oh, and it's tied down and screaming.

Then it's done again 10 weeks later, and again, and so on. Apparently they only survive through this for one or two years.

shock at living through that ten weekly hell for two years.

ColdTeaAgain Wed 20-Nov-13 22:02:20

Thank you M10s, as much as it upsets me, I'd rather know the truth.

I wonder how H&M can know for sure their angora is cruelty free? And how much they actually check up on their supply chain?

issey6cats Wed 20-Nov-13 22:32:29

i am so glad that i am allergic to angora and pure wool so i have never ever bought anything with angora either pure or mixed

Mittensonkittens Wed 20-Nov-13 22:36:42

That's horrific.
How is this even allowed anywhere? Absolutely vile. I can't watch it because it's the sort of thing that keeps me awake in the middle of the night.

GigiDarcy Wed 20-Nov-13 22:41:49

What?? That's horrific sad. Couldn't bear to click but thankyou M10s for describing it even if my mental images have really upset me sad. Will be checking labels and boycotting angora. Is there a list of humane suppliers or do we assume none of it is humane?

ColdTeaAgain Wed 20-Nov-13 22:44:30

If 90% comes from China then I'm just going to avoid anything made with angora in future hmm

gamerchick Wed 20-Nov-13 22:51:09

But people will still happily buy fake uggs made from raccoon dogs judging by some of the threads on here.

Some people like cheap.

Tiptops Wed 20-Nov-13 23:58:05

Haven't clicked the link as it will never leave my mind again, but this sounds awful from the description. Thank you for the message OP I will make 100% sure I never purchase this.

cheerfulweatherforthewedding Thu 21-Nov-13 00:01:49

Thanks for the description M10. I'm not clicking through to the link!

JudyJudgypants Thu 21-Nov-13 03:21:52

I only managed to watch six seconds of the vidio, the screams, I couldn't stand it, those poor defenseless animals, and all for some pointless cheep fashion crap.
I will NEVER buy ANGORA from anywhere.
( thanks for providing the link though, I didn't know anything till I saw it about how its done.)

AgathaF Thu 21-Nov-13 03:49:53

I didn't know angora was produced like that. I can't watch the video, but it sounds horrific.

Do people realise that the feathers in down products (coats, duvets etc) are produced by ripping them out of live birds in a similar way? Again, they wait until the birds have grown new feathers and do it all again.

paxtecum Thu 21-Nov-13 06:56:58

Agatha: I was going to write exactly what you have.
Down is a similiar products produces by farming animals in horrific conditions.
A lot of the padded coats that are so fashionable are full of down.

I never buy anything with angora or down in.

paxtecum Thu 21-Nov-13 07:00:02

Another cruelly produced product is Civet Coffee.
Civets are force fed coffee beans, excrete them and then they are worth a fortune as they have a civet flavour.
We live in a wierd world!

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