ANGORA FOR TRIPOLI: After agreeing last month to ban the use of angora wool in its clothing following a PETA-led investigation in Asia, Inditex has donated 20,000 angora sweaters and coats to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Life for Relief and Development started giving away the remaining stock Wednesday in four refugee camps outside Tripoli and will wrap up distributing the remaining stock today.
The retail value of the donated clothing is nearly $900,000. Having worked with Life for Relief and Development in 2007 in Bangladesh to distribute Polo Ralph Lauren fox and raccoon pieces after the company agreed to stop selling fur, PETA asked the nonprofit where the greatest need is now before deciding on Lebanon for the Inditex donations, a PETA spokesman said.
“We just wanted Inditex to do something with the remaining stock,” the PETA spokesman said Thursday. “PETA is never OK with companies profiting from remaining stocks.”
In a November 2013 investigation into the rabbit angora wool industry, PETA reported routine animal cruelty and urged Inditex and other retailers with ties to those facilities to stop using angora. Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Stella McCartney are among the 70-plus brands and stores that have banned angora products as a result of that investigation.
Executives at Inditex, which owns such companies as Zara and Massimo Dutti, declined further comment Thursday.