This post contains graphic images.
This is a warning and a plea that when buying Christmas presents please avoid goods made from angora fur.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has thrown a spotlight on the horrific acts of cruelty that go into producing this material.
The pictures speak for themselves, and if you are tempted to buy this stuff take a look before parting with your cash.
I have posted them at the bottom as they are graphic, but make no apology for helping to highlight the vile cruelty that goes into producing this stuff.
But in short - the Chinese have been exposed for ripping fur out of rabbits as they cry in pain and cramming them into filthy hostile cages in angora farms.
During the process they are stretched out on a ‘rack’ pulled in either direction by their front and hind legs.
They spend their lives in wire cages that harm their sensitive feet and are denied solid flooring, bedding and the vital companionship of other rabbits.
Around 90 per cent of the world’s angora is produced in China, so if you buy it you can pretty much guarantee an animal has suffered for your purchase.
In China there are no penalties for animal abuse on rabbit farms and no standards that regulate the treatment of animals.
So I suppose that my take home message with this post is to shun anything made from or containing angora fur (and while we’re at it leave foie gras of the dinner table).
PETA UK associate director Mimi Bekhechi said: “Please take the time to read the label on that sweater or scarf. If it says ‘angora,’ remember the gentle rabbits whose fur was cruelly ripped out of their skin – and leave the item on the rack.