LONDON — Spanish retail group Inditex is the latest retailer to halt its sales of angora products, following discussions with animal rights group PETA in the United States, PETA said in a statement Monday. PETA said that Inditex has now agreed to a permanent ban on angora wool.
The decision comes after PETA published videos on its Web site showing what the organization alleged was the abuse of rabbits in Chinese angora farms, having their fur torn out and their skin cut by workers.
Inditex, the parent company of Zara, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti and Bershka, will now donate 20,000 new angora products that it has in stock to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, through the charity Life for Relief and Development, PETA said. The garments have a value of around $878,000.
Inditex said in a statement Monday: “We found no evidence of cruel practices at the angora farms of our suppliers. But after consultation with animal welfare organizations to help develop better standards within the industry we decided that banning angora production was the right decision.”
PETA’s managing director Ingrid E Newkirk commented in a separate statement: “Thanks to Inditex’s massive donation, PETA are able to send a vital message about compassion for animals this winter.”
Inditex joins companies including Asos, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, H&M, Gap and Topshop in pledging not to use angora in its products.