Target: Pablo Isla, CEO and Deputy Chairman of Inditex
Goal: Applaud a ban on the sale of angora fur by the world’s biggest fashion retailer.
Inditex, the world’s largest fashion retailer, has announced a ban on the sale of angora fur. The move, which will result in products containing the rabbit fiber being taken off the shelves in 6,400 stores around the world, was made in response to a PETA investigation into the angora industry that revealed shocking abuse. The company, which is parent to several high-fashion lines including Massimo Dutti and Zara, will be donating all remaining angora clothes in stock to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
An investigation into fur farms in China, where 90 percent of the world’s angora comes from, revealed blatant cruelty toward rabbits. Workers were seen tying rabbits’ limbs together to restrain them before pulling the hair from their skin in order to ensure that the angora fibers are as long as possible. The rabbits were seen screaming and bleeding before being shoved back into their cages to regrow their fur.
Not only are the animals treated with cruelty, they are kept in deplorable conditions. Their cages are filthy with urine and excrement, and infested with bugs. This, paired with open wounds and hot conditions, can result in disease, infection, and even death. As China has little to no animal protection regulations, the abuses are suspected to be industry-wide.
Inditex will not only save thousands of rabbits from cruelty and abuse, but could put a serious dent in the demand for angora fur. Particularly with modern-day synthetics, alternatives to fur are readily available, and can even prove more cost-effective. Sign the petition below to thank Inditex for making changes in the interest of animal welfare.
Dear Mr. Pablo Isla,
Inditex, the world’s largest fashion retailer, recently announced that it will stop selling angora fur in 6,400 stores across the world. The move was made in response to an investigation that revealed shocking cruelty at Chinese angora farms, including employees ripping the hair off of rabbits. The thousands of angora jackets, hats and jumpsuits that remain in stock will be donated to Syrian refugees.
By eliminating the use of angora fur, thousands of rabbits will be saved from misery. Without Inditex’s significant demand for angora fur, the entire cruel industry will suffer. We, the undersigned, applaud your efforts to prioritize animal welfare.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Betty Chu via Creative Commons