Target: Limited Brands, PVH Corp., and Marks and Spencer
Goal: Commend for stopping use of Angora rabbit fur
After a video was released showing workers ripping fur from an Angora rabbit’s writhing body, many retailers have stopped buying products made with Angora rabbit fur. Many consumers saw PETA Asia’s video and contacted stores pleading for them to discontinue carrying products made with fur from tortured rabbits. More than a dozen companies have completely banned the use of Angora, including Limited Brands (including Victoria’s Secret), Marks and Spencer, and PVH Corp., which includes brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.
PETA Asia’s video shows rabbits being skinned in China, from where over 90% of Angora fur comes. The animals scream and thrash while the workers tie them down to skin them. Once they are skinned, they are thrown back in their cages carelessly, shaking with fear. Many of the rabbits are clearly in shock, unable to move. The cages are tiny and filthy, hardly acceptable living conditions for an animal. They live there day in and day out, being taken from their cages and skinned every three months for up to five years. After this time, their throats are slit and they are left to die.
After seeing this video, many consumers and companies have said no to the use of Angora. Commend them for taking a stand against this terrible practice of skinning terrified rabbits for their fur.
Dear Limited Brands, PVH Corp., and Marks and Spencer,
Thank you for taking a stand against this terrible practice of skinning Angora rabbits for their fur. The rabbits lives are full of pain and fear. They live in cramped, dirty cages, only taken out to be skinned every three months. By refusing to use or carry Angora in your products, you are taking a stand that will negatively affect the Angora fur industry.
Thank you for listening to your customers when they spoke out against Angora and showed you the terrible video by PETA Asia. Please persuade your colleagues to do the same so that we can stop this terrible industry.
[Your Name Here]
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