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Published on December 20th, 2013 | by Serena

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Angora Wool: Is It Cruel?

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Is the farming of angora rabbits for wool a cruel process?

angora rabbitA few weeks ago animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) released a video exposing cruelty towards Angora rabbits. As a result of the release a number of fashion retailers, including H&M, Esprit and New Look, have suspended angora production – despite the fact that they all believe their angora fibre is responsibly sourced, they are checking to make sure.

Knitters have long adored angora wool for its snuggly insulation, beautiful softness and airy lightness. Now they, too, are asking themselves: can I still support this product?

Naturally, at Loveknitting we are determined that all our products be responsibly sourced. This story is personally important to me too, as a former vet student and rabbit owner. So we decided to investigate.

How should angora wool be harvested?

To complicate matters: the right method for harvesting the fleece depends on the rabbit!

English and French: Combing and plucking

800px-Satin_Angora_Rabbit_plucked_from_the_backThe English and French Angora breeds shed their coat regularly, and the fibre is harvested by gently combing or pulling the wool out as the new coat grows in. This process is quite time-consuming: it is best done over several days, as different areas of the bunny shed at different times. However, it does produce the best fibres: clipping or shearing a French or English Angora will lead to short, flyaway fibres from the new coat being included, forming a prickly, shed-prone yarn.

 

Samson, my own Lionhead rabbit (related to the Angora), shed his coat in this way, and when he needed grooming I could gently pull away huge chunks of his wool – there would be a fresh coat of fur underneath, like the picture above. Far from hurting the bunny, most pet owners believe their rabbits are much more comfortable once the old, dead wool has been removed.

There is a number of delightful videos showing groomers spinning the wool straight off the rabbit: have you ever seen a happier, more contented bunny than the one below?

 German, Giant and Chinese: Clipping or shearing

However: 90% of the world’s angora fibre comes from China, and most of the rabbits farmed there are German, or Giant Angoras. These rabbits do not moult in the same way as the English and French Angoras, and their fur must be shorn or clipped with scissors or clippers.  I would favour clippers as the safer option: as any owner of a long-haired rabbit will tell you, it is frighteningly easy to nick their delicate skin by accident.

The Shearing Shed angora farm in Waitomo, New Zealand holds shearing demonstrations, using a procedure that is regularly inspected and approved by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), a widely respected animal welfare organisation. Some people are concerned by this process, particularly the restraints used on the rabbit, so it’s worth bearing the following points in mind:

  • The rabbit in the video below is 4 years old, and has been shorn several times a year throughout her life. That means this is about her 15th shearing. In fact, when the video starts she has already been partially shorn, probably earlier that day. Bunnies are not stupid; she knows what’s coming. At the beginning of the video she is free to move around, sniffing and investigating her surroundings. Believe me – as a former rabbit owner – they move pretty fast when they want to! If this process hurt or upset her, she wouldn’t still be on the shearing table.
  • At no point in this video is the rabbit showing signs of distress. Her ears are not flat against her back indicating fear, but upright or slightly back, in the relaxed position. Nor is her breathing fast. Rabbits are pretty fearful generally (any of mine would have freaked out just at the electric clipper noise); if she was suffering, or even worried, you would definitely expect fearful body language.
  • From the way the demonstrator acts around and talks about her rabbits, it’s clear they are raised, kept and bred with love and care. Young bunnies even bring a parent with them for their first shearing! How many farmers show such consideration for the animals in their care?

The angora yarns sold through Loveknitting are produced humanely

We only sell two yarns that contain angora wool: Rowan Angora Haze and Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed.

Rowan has produced information on the humane production of its wonderful Angora Haze knitting yarn, which is grown on very small farms where each rabbit can receive individual attention, and only ever harvested by combing and safe shearing.

We also have written confirmation from Debbie Bliss that the angora in Donegal Tweed is only obtained using these methods.

LoveKnitting commits never to purchase any angora unless we are satisfied that it is humanely produced.

So what about this PETA video then?

The video is very distressing to watch: the most shocking part shows a rabbit squealing as its fur is ripped out by farm staff. This method of harvesting is totally different to the gentle combing or pulling of dead hairs from an English or French Angora rabbit during its natural moult: German or Giant rabbits should never have their wool harvested in this way, and no animal should ever have its hair ripped out from the root. PETA claims that angora farmers in China routinely harvest the wool this way because it produces the best fibre.

Another claim is that even if shorn rather than plucked, the rabbits are regularly injured by restraints used, by cuts from shearing equipment, or by their own struggles to escape. Rather than the gentle but firm restraints of the Waitomo video above, one scene shows a rabbit suspended on a rope by its front legs, as it struggles violently.

Further, the video claims that the rabbits live in “filthy cages, surrounded by their own waste”.

Boycott all angora?

One ethical conclusion is unavoidable: the practices PETA describes are appalling and must not be supported under any circumstances. But what is the right response?

PETA’s call to action is to boycott all angora fibre. This makes sense given PETA’s ideological position: unlike the SPCA (and Loveknitting), who believe passionately in animal welfare, PETA describes itself as an animal rights advocate. The distinction is not immediately obvious, but it is important.

Animal welfare advocates, such as myself, believe that animals have the right to be treated with respect and courtesy, spared from pain and suffering, and allowed to exercise their natural instincts. We campaign against cruel farming practices, and work towards proper living conditions for all animals, be they farmed, used for medicine, or kept as pets.

PETA believes we should not use any animal at all for any purpose, ever. That means, naturally, no eating meat. It also means no dairy or eggs – not even from the happy chickens pottering around your back garden, or honey from bees. It means no use of animals for medicine, fibre or transport – no matter how well they are treated (there has been some controversy around this, as the Vice-President of PETA uses insulin, justifying this use by the fact that it allows her to continue campaigning for medicines like insulin not to be developed…). PETA would prefer to see a world in which we do not keep animals as pets. Interestingly, it has no problem with euthanasia: while most animal shelters today strive towards a no-kill policy for healthy animals, PETA destroys an average of 2,000 a year at its Virginia shelter – between 2006 and 2012, less than 1% of the animals received were adopted.

PETA believes meat farming is morally equivalent to the Holocaust.

This is to clarify PETA’s starting position, not to undermine it: the organisation campaigns hard against a number of abuses against animals, especially in the US where there are many widely-used practices that would be unacceptable or outright illegal in the UK (like de-clawing cats, cropping dogs’ ears, or keeping a dog permanently chained in a yard). And if you agree with all or some of PETA’s beliefs, then no matter what conditions Angora rabbits are kept in, you would argue that they should not be farmed for their wool at all. Simple.

At Loveknitting, we respect PETA’s ideology without agreeing with it – if we did, we would not sell any wool from any animal on our site.

As someone who believes it is acceptable to make use of animals, as long as it is done humanely – I eat meat; I eat dairy, eggs and honey; I wear animal fibres and even leather; my diabetic husband’s survival depends on a drug that was originally derived from pigs – I don’t believe boycotting all angora is the most appropriate response. Around the world, there are farmers producing angora fibre humanely, and these may well be the vast majority. (It’s very difficult to find out how wide-spread rabbit-plucking is: PETA claims to have found 5 ‘guilty’ farms.)

Isn’t it better to reward the humane farmers and create a market in which the cruel ones cannot survive? The cruelty PETA describes just doesn’t makes sense. Most of the alleged practices could actually lose a farm money:

  • Any stress or ill-health affects the quality of wool. Even sheep are normally shorn prior to lambing, as the stresses of pregnancy, birth and nursing weaken the fibres of the wool. Keeping fibre-producing animals happy and healthy isn’t just good ethics, it’s the only way to get top-quality product. (If a rabbit is moulting its coat, then gentle combing or pulling does obtain the best fibre – because the new coat is growing in underneath, and you don’t want that in your product. But that process does not hurt the rabbit. In fact, ripping out the new coat along with the old would give a worse quality of fibre.)
  • Plucking the wool is no faster than shearing. If anything, it’s probably slower! If a practice doesn’t save any money in labour, and doesn’t produce a better product, why would you do it?
  • Plucking a rabbit’s whole coat out by the roots will leave the animal vulnerable, as will careless, injury-inflicting clipping. Cold, sore, stressed animals with open wounds are susceptible to disease. One farmer is quoted by PETA as saying that 60% of plucked rabbits die within one or two years. This level of fatalities would cost a farmer money: the rabbit in the Waitomo video is four and still has years of productive wool-growing life ahead of her.
  • Suspending a rabbit by a rope tied around its front legs is extremely stupid. This is why pet rabbit-owners support the rump when picking them up: rabbits can break their backs struggling like the one seen in the video. Allowing your animals to inflict fatal injuries on themselves just doesn’t make sense.
  • As for filthy cages: this would have a severely detrimental effect on the fibre produced. Angora wool is incredibly adept at picking up dirt: any filth in the cage is guaranteed to end up in the coat. Why spend hours combing urine and droppings out of the fleece, when you could spend much less time keeping the animals’ surroundings clean?
  • One criticism is that the rabbits are kept in wire cages. In fact, a wire floor is often recommended even for pet Angoras, for the reason above: wire floors allow droppings and urine through, and are the easiest way of keeping an Angora rabbit clean. Angora wool is so thick the rabbits can comfortably lie down on the mesh, and don’t need any extra bedding (which would only end up tangled in their fur anyway). Rabbits also have a thick pad of fur on their feet – a bit like the pads on dogs’ and cats’ feet, but made of fur not flesh – which will protect them from the wire.

So what can you do?

It certainly feels like more information is needed, on how the majority of angora fibre is produced.

In the meantime, every brand and shop using angora wool should be challenged on where it comes from and how it is farmed. If you don’t get a satisfactory answer, boycott that product, even that brand or outlet. But boycotting all angora because of some unethical producers (who may be rogues) would be like refusing to eat eggs because some of them are produced on battery farms – which is what PETA would do: they even oppose keeping a few hens in your back garden.

After years of campaigning, battery egg production is in the process of being phased out in the UK, because there is a more humane alternative available. Had the tactic been to destroy egg production, rather than make the production more humane, our shelves would almost certainly still be packed with battery eggs. Rather than a blanket boycott, our practice at Loveknitting is to insist on accountability and ethical sourcing of our angora products: in this way, together with other retailers, ethical producers and you, our responsible customers, we hope to build a world in which all fibre-producing animals are looked after properly.

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About the Author

Serena loves sunshine, strawberries and Great Danes. She has gone from non-knitter to yarn obsessive in under two years, and is determined to drag the rest of the world along with her.


Last updated: June 22nd, 2015.

42 Responses to Angora Wool: Is It Cruel?

  1. liana marcel says:

    very well written blog and i agree wholeheartedly, im against animal cruelty but not against animal use xx

  2. Vicki says:

    This is a great article, highly informative and unbiased. Thank you!

  3. Christine says:

    This was a really interesting, well balanced article. It’s good to know that the products from loveknitting are ethical and well sourced.
    However there is an argument for all these products, that even buying and wearing ethically sourced versions creates a demand or trend, which then encourages the mass production and often cruel form of production.
    Like you though, I agree that we should support producers who love and care for the animals that make their product and reward them for their high standards.

  4. Vivella says:

    Thank you that was well written informative and balanced.

  5. Pam Chown says:

    Thank you for a very interesting and informative article. I was totally ignorant of how angora wool was harvested in China and am so pleased that all your angora is ethically sourced.

  6. Helen says:

    Thank you for sharing your well informed and balanced argument. I feel a lot more knowledgeable after reading this and I also feel that by boycotting of battery farmed eggs may some how contribute to the bigger picture. I completely agree with your call for better animal treatment all around!!! Thank you again x

  7. Lucy says:

    Everything in China is either illegal or cruel.

  8. Melanie Wager says:

    Well written and balanced view on angora production. I have long disagreed with some of the stances PETA have taken. I am a rabbit lover and have 2 very well loved and spoiled bunnies and I therefore agree that we should challenge the source of the angora we want to buy but do not agree with an all out boycott. We should all be asking if our purchases are responsibly produced.

  9. Helen says:

    The article above is really well written and after being absolutely horrified by the pictures PETA showed us, I will always check before I buy anything in the future. I agree that China and a number of other Countries treat animals appallingly and it has to end. The only way I see for this to end is to 100% boycott products from those Countries.

  10. Christine says:

    Thank you for your informative, unbiased and well balanced article. I hadn’t thought about how angora is farmed and didn’t even realize it was from angora rabbits but from goats, so your article has enlightened me. I appreciate that PETA brings this type of animal cruelty to our attention but they are so black and white, no middle ground.

  11. Claire says:

    Thank you for this article. I had purchased some Rowan angora wool before seeing the PETA information on the Chinese farms and felt appalled that I had somehow supported such practices. I trust Rowan yarns however and I believe that they would not source their wool from such irresponsible farms. I also appreciate them talking about this on their Facebook page.

    I am a vegetarian and strongly support the humane and ethical treatment of animals but I often feel that PETA let the cause down by taking such an extremist view. Your article is balanced and I am glad you have brought the other sides of the argument to the crafting community.

    I can only compare angora rabbits with my cat who has long haired fur which tangles and matts without regular grooming. To not groom angora rabbits would cause them problems such as tangles close to their skin causing them pain. I therefore condone the grooming of the rabbits so why waste the resulting wool?

    Thank you once again for your article. It is much appreciated.

  12. Kay says:

    Thank you for a thought provoking article. I agree that in view of their overall treatment of animals that a boycott of China is the way to go,

  13. Rosalind says:

    Yes, Claire, and in fact the woman demonstrating answers a question at one point which was obviously about what would happen if the rabbits were not shorn. She says that the fur, while staying fluffy on top, would matt and tangle in the deeper layers,, and the animals would overheat and die of heat stress! Having been bred to be the way they are, it would be cruel NOT to shear them!

  14. Jenny Jones says:

    Thank you for caring enough to look into this so thoroughly. Your stance on animal use is similar to my own and I think Peta can be too rigid in their views while also doing good work exposing the awful cruelty that goes on.We do all need to be aware and carry on campaigning for the right and humane treatment of animals, they are crucial to our own survival.

  15. Vikki says:

    Thank you! Sourcing is really important to me, glad to see loveknitting takes it seriously.

  16. Louise says:

    Thank you for this article.
    A friend posted the PETA article on Facebook, but as a rabbit owner I was too scared to look.
    Now I don’t have to. Mostly because I understand that it is scare tactics.
    As the guardian of a gorgeous house bunny I regularly pluck him when he is moulting, and he loves it.
    I’ve never had enough to knit a jumper, but what I do know is, if it hurt him he wouldn’t let me do it.
    Having said that, he also likes to be vacuumed 🙂

  17. Catherine A. McClarey says:

    I really appreciated your thorough explanation of humane angora fiber harvesting practices and discussion of PETA’s claims. I have several balls of Patons Angora Bamboo in my stash (purchased before the PETA expose on angora went public), and will research how it was produced. However, I have often been struck by the shrill and hysterical tone of previous PETA claims, and have learned to seek independent confirmation before reacting to anything they say or show.

  18. Karen Abbott says:

    I think the point of the PETA posts on Facebook etc were to highlight the awful and inhumane conditions in China where they farm angora rabbits for their fur. As with everything else there is always a better way to ‘farm’ animals. It always seems to be Asian/Oriental countries where these horrific practices take place, where people are generally poor, and uneducated, and willing to do more or less anything to put food on their tables. It probably never enters their head that they are causing such distress, in their belief system the animals are there for the people to ‘use’ however they choose. It’s down to culture at the end of the day. But if these angora farms are boycotted by the top companies of the world then the owners would HAVE to rethink their policies wouldn’t they? We as a ‘civilised’ society can do our bit by researching where the wool is coming from and purchasing accordingly. And NOT turning a blind eye to things like this happening on our planet – it will continue while we do nothing to stop it.

  19. nan Ziegler says:

    Anymore, you have to be so careful to read yarn labels thoroughly, as yarns are being imported from around the world. I tend to stay away from yarn from China. It’s always been a personal thing for me.

  20. Julie says:

    Very interesting and enlightening article. I have learned a lot. Thanks.

  21. Cindi says:

    I have dogs that “blow” their inner coat twice a year. It looks much like the picture of the rabbit above. Yes, you can just pluck it. We tease her that she’s a chicken dog and time for her plucking! It is just falling out, or moulting, anyway–the new hair is already there. It doesn’t leave her bald or anything like that and I believe she likes it as I think from her behavior that it tends to itch. I end up with two or three bags (store grocery bags) full. I am always teasing her saying there is enough to build two more dogs! And I don’t know how to spin but am always thinking I should learn.
    All that being said I can easily see why the rabbit wouldn’t care if you plucked the moulting fur and would probably like it. It probably would itch too. I think there may be farms in China that do bad things but I bet the majority of farmers don’t—it wouldn’t make sense to lose your animals.
    Liked your article a great deal.
    Cindi

  22. SusanSpeaksOut says:

    I wonder how many of those involved with PETA wear leather shoes. Just saying…….

  23. Linda Millar says:

    I thoroughly appreciated reading your article; it is a well balanced, researched opinion, and I am grateful for your comments. I agree with you entirely. If we ban all angora, it will mean distress to some responsible and caring farmers of rabbits who make their living from this industry. That is something I would not be happy about at all, as I am equally unhappy with the cruel and unconscionable methods of some foreign companies harvesting.
    Lets all try to encourage a reasonable and practical approach to our decision making about this issue.
    What about someone (not me) starting a petition on it, is that too much to ask? Hopefully yours, Linda

  24. Kirsty says:

    The evidence is clear from the video that these practices are being used, however widespread, and the wool is reaching the supply chain in some form. Louise, and others who haven’t watched the video, I would suggest you do – it might affect how you feel, especially as a fellow rabbit owner.

    I totally get where you are coming from in your article. However, I would prefer not to take my chances with any angora product until absolute traceability was available to retailers and consumers. Even if there’s only 1 farm doing it (which isn’t likely) I wouldn’t want to contribute to that suffering.

    FYI – I read somewhere that by plucking it means that the fibres are longer than when sheared so more income can be generated. So therefore it’s more about quantity rather than speed.

    Thanks for reading.
    PS – I am a meat eater, leather shoe wearing, bunny lover – I have no issue with the use of angora wool if it’s humanely sourced. 🙂

  25. Monique says:

    Serena, thank you for this write up. I am not a fan of PETA and never knew of the horrible way some of these little creatures suffer for us. Thanks for your research into the angora you sell.I hope any of your yarn containing angora will always be looked into, it certainly would make me feel better about buying it.

  26. Sue says:

    I agree with your to the angora debate. I notice you do not stock any possum from NZ is that a conscious decision? I would be interest in your thoughts on the possum debate.

  27. Julia says:

    PETA highlight some horrendous practices. I have no doubt the live plucking of rabbits in China for angora is widespread as is the live plucking of birds in China for down to fill jackets etc. I have not seen the video of the rabbits but I was horrified to see how birds were roughly live plucked and where the pluckers ripped their flesh, they simply grabbed a big needle and sewed them back up again. I would not buy any angora sourced in China and I no longer buy coats or pillows with a ‘down’ fill as I have seen how much pain and distress have been caused in its production.

  28. cheryl says:

    What the Chinese are doing is disgusting! There are still a few ethical angora companies out there though, as the article alludes to. Here are a few good ones: http://eluxemagazine.com/fashion/top-5-ethical-angora-brands/

  29. You are so awesome! I do not believe I have read something like this before.
    So nice to find another person with a few unique thoughts on this subject matter.
    Really.. thaznk you for starting this up. This web site is one thing
    that is needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

  30. Rachna says:

    Did you know that rabbits used for Angora have their fur ripped violently from their skin? I didn’t, either. Until I watched PETA’s expose on Angora fur. The investigation found rabbits screaming and writhing in pain as workers violently ripped out their fur by the fistful. Get a look inside the Angora fur industry here: http://action.petaasiapacific.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=110&ea.campaign.id=19159. The true feel of Angora is pain and death. Go Angora free!

  31. Heather says:

    To the author:

    What a fabulous article on ethical Angora production.

    To commenters who read the title and skip to the reply button:

    Please before citing the PETA expose on Angora fibre production and calling for a ban on ALL Angora, read the article being commented on and try to understand that the methods shown by PETA, while being horrific and undeniably wrong, are not the only method of collecting Angora fibre.

    While there is no denying that devastatingly cruel methods are being employed in the harvest of Angora in some factories/locations, I worry that people react to the propaganda that PETA publish in such an absolute manner. I DO believe in forcing companies into sourcing humanely collected fibre for clothing production and I DO believe that imports on fibre that cannot prove humane harvesting techniques should be banned. However, to say that we should all ‘go Angora free’ is both unfair and a wasted opportunity.

    Unfair? Well, to enforce a blanket ban on Angora fibre would drive many companies, who raise animals responsibly with kindness and care, out of business. I cannot condone the punishment of these companies for the actions and practices of others. Especially when those companies should be heralded as role models for the correct production of Angora fibre. Its basically saying ‘well done for doing it right. Now as a reward you get to lose your livelihood’. And a wasted opportunity? PETA have indeed exposed a very real and sickening way in which Angora fibre can be produced, however, why can this not be turning point rather than an end to the Angora industry? When the methods and conditions associated with the production of factory farmed eggs was exposed, there were many who thought that the large scale production of eggs by any other means was unrealistic and uneconomically viable. And yet many companies have managed to prosper running farms where the standard of living conditions for hens is worlds away from where they would have been otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that there are still many issues within the egg industry but I do feel that A: change takes time and B: Angora is a luxury rather than a staple product. Those who buy Angora do so because they choose to rather than out of necessity.

    This puts the consumer in a position of power. Rather than refusing to buy Angora why not use this as an opportunity to demand that ONLY fibre produced by combing and careful shearing should be used. This not only gives the consumer the power to buy products that are humanely produced, but also the ability to bring about change in a much broader way. By raising the awareness of how our food is produced, restaurants and supermarket chains are being encouraged to forge links with farms in order to source produce locally, work with farmers in order to improve the living conditions of animals and in the case of Waitrose, go so far as to set up their own food production (http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/aug/08/waitrose-foodie-farm-shop).

    So lets treat this as a pivotal moment and ask that high street chains and designers do the same with their fibres. This could be a wonderful opportunity to sow the seeds for a widespread change in Angora fibre production. High street chain buyers are in a position to not only change their suppliers in favour of humane producers, but alternatively to cause change within the industry. By forcing suppliers to clean up their act either by the treat of terminated contracts or by incentivising change, animal living conditions could be improved while people keep their jobs and Joe Bloggs shopper still gets their fluffy jumper.

    Making these companies think ethically and responsibly about their products could not only force change within existing production facilities but spawn a whole new generation of rabbit farms that operate within humane guidelines.

    As a Brit, I would love to see companies buying fibre responsibly from within the UK. Not only would this allow a new agricultural industry to flourish but would also urge the regeneration of the yarn, fabric and garment industries within Britain. In turn creating jobs, boosting the economy and providing a new generation of workers with textile skills, while there are still enough experienced people around to teach them. I understand that would drive up the price of your average Angora product, but once again, its’ a luxury and personally I’m willing to pay extra for the luxury of a guilt free conscience!

    But that’s just my opinion! We are all entitled to have one, but please let that opinion be based on knowledge and careful consideration rather than sensationalised propaganda designed to shock and cause a knee jerk reaction.

  32. domain says:

    Aw, this was a very nice post. Taking a few minutes
    and actual effort to produce a really good article… but what can I say… I put things off a lot
    and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.

  33. Fiona says:

    What a well informed post, thank you. I get annoyed with some of the mass hysteria that is generated from some of these organisations, it’s great to read a *balanced* point of view.

  34. Lynsey MacDonald says:

    Thanks for this useful article. I absolutely cannot bear animal cruelty of any kind and found what you have written really helpful.

  35. Dawn Vieth says:

    Thank you for some great information. I am horrified to think any animal would be treated in such a way and I appreciate the well rounded perspective you gave to this subject.

  36. Rebecca says:

    Thank you for providing some insight into such a contraversal issue. I was beginning to think I had to avoid all angora blends as I abore animal cruelty. Very glad to read there are very humane alternatives.

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  38. Maria from Australia says:

    Giorgi Merabishvili I have a few questions firstly nice touch using this site to try and promote your product. Secondly how are your sheep housed? Are they confined to sheds in small individual pens with coats on, if so I have been in such sheds and they are as cruel as they come.

    Thirdly what do you do with your sheep when their wool is no longer viable?

    Thank you

  39. Maria from Australia says:

    As for those that say they love and care for their rabbits…how are your rabbits housed? And what do you do with your rabbits when their ‘fur’ is no longer viable? No there is no such thing as ‘humane’ fur and I will believe every word PETA says.

  40. Louisa says:

    Lovely article. Many thanks.
    As for the comments about all wool/fur being cruel it is a necessary part of keeping sheep and other animals as not shearing them would be far more cruel. People have been shearing sheep for centuries and most of medieval England’s wealth was due to our superior quality of wool.
    It would also be interesting to known the environment impact of the production of acrylic yarn against natural.

  41. Gia says:

    I was happily browsing vedios before sleep, oops!!!!! That vedio jumped out with a bunny mascot…..shocked me so much finally when the rabbit was screaming exactly the way my dog would if hurt. Search on google right away to make sure that it is not a rumor. Love the article and the attached vedios, and the thoughts. Though I think I will still go for artificial fur or no fur at all….I mean try my best……

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