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Zara owner drops angora over China rabbit cruelty

General February 10, 2015

Clothes by the Zara brand at the headquarters of the Inditex group in Arteixo, Spain, on October 20, 2011Spanish clothing giant Inditex, owner of the Zara brand, said Monday it had stopped selling angora garments because of cruelty to rabbits the cosy wool is plucked from in China. The company, which also owns brands such as Bershka and Massimo Dutti, dropped the soft angora items from its stores last year, a spokeswoman told AFP. The US-based animal rights group PETA launched a campaign in 2013 denouncing the treatment of the angora rabbits in the extraction of their long, silky hair. The Asian regional branch of PETA released videos of employees pulling out the hair from the skin of screeching live rabbits.

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