Undercover footage of goats being mutilated at farms prompts clothing retailers to stop sale of mohair products
Cii Radio|Ayesha Ismail|04 May 2018| 17 Shabaan 1439
‘Baby goats were left screaming in pain and fear on the shearing floor, all for mohair sweaters and scarves’
Some of the world’s largest clothing retailers have pledged to stop selling products made with mohair fabric over allegations of animal cruelty at farms.
Topshop, Gap, H&M and Zara said they would ban mohair garments, made from the lush hair of Angora goats after footage released by Peta showed the animals being mutilated and violently handled at farms in South Africa.
In the video, some of the goats filmed by the animal rights charity are heard crying as they are forcibly shorn before being thrown across the floor by workers.
Others have their throats slit or necks snapped by farm staff while fully conscious.
It is unclear whether any of the retailers sourced mohair from the 12 farms investigated by Peta.
H&M, which has 4,700 shops across the world, said the supply chain was “challenging to control”.
“Therefore we have decided to ban mohair fibre from our assortment by 2020 at the latest,” a spokeswoman said.
She added: “For us, it is of utmost importance that animals are treated well and we have therefore decided to permanently ban mohair. We have been in close dialogue with Peta for several years and fully agree with them on this matter.
“We will now look into what other alternative materials we can offer our customers.”
Gap vowed to stop selling mohair products by spring next year. The ban will also apply to the company’s brands Athleta, Banana Republic and Old Navy, said spokeswoman Laura Wilkinson.
She added: “We take the matter of animal welfare seriously and over the years have worked closely with stakeholders to take positive, proactive steps to address these important issues.”
Arcadia said it would no longer place orders for mohair for any of its eight fashion brands, which include Topshop, Topman, Burton, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins.
“The Arcadia Group was concerned to learn of video footage obtained by Peta showing poor treatment of Angora goats to obtain mohair fibre,” a spokesman said. “We have therefore committed to stopping the sourcing any new goods containing mohair.”
Inditex, the Spanish clothing company that owns Zara, said it had “committed to stopping sourcing any new goods containing mohair” by 2020.
Source – Independent