John Lewis has become the latest store to ban angora products, following a plea from PETA.
The department store joins the likes of Marks and Spencer, ASOS, H&M and Next in banning the use of angora wool in future collections, as well as implementing a ban on the sale of third-party brands containing angora in its 40 department stores across the UK.
The decision comes after PETA released a video of rabbits being harmed as their fur is removed by farmers in China – where 90 per cent of the world’s angora wool comes from.
Regarding the move, John Lewis said: “[A]s a responsible retailer, John Lewis is committed to ensuring high standards of animal welfare in all stages of the supply chain and we require our suppliers to do likewise. As part of our ongoing programme of supply chain management, we recently contacted suppliers about concerns raised by customers around the sourcing of angora wool. While we found no evidence of unacceptable animal welfare practices, nevertheless we have decided to no longer include angora in future John Lewis own brand or branded products”.