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The Animal Cruelty Behind The Angora Sweater

Updated on December 30, 2015
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Anna studied psychology, law, English, and animal welfare in college. She is a mother of two and aspires to become a vet some day.

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What Is Angora Wool?

Angora wool, fibre or fur refers to the natural coat that is grown by the angora rabbit - a large, extremely fluffy bunny which makes a wonderful pet due to the fact they adore human closeness and can be easily tamed (they are very intelligent and great with kids!)

The wool is unbelievably fine, soft and snuggly and I always wanted a sweater made from it - until I found out very recently how they obtain the fur from the rabbit...

I promise not to include photos that are disturbing because frankly I believe that this is upsetting enough without graphic images. I want people to be aware of the completely barbaric way the fur is pulled from living rabbits who have their feet tied together before being stretched out and plucked alive once every 3 or 4 months for the 4 years of their short, tragic lives.

They spend their lives in bare steel cages which are cold and offer no protection or warmth. The rabbits are kept in individual cages even though anyone who cares for rabbits could tell you they need to live in pairs to be happy.

They go through this agonising process so often so the angora farm owners can make money. How can we stop them? Stop buying cheap angora products or even better - all angora products unless you know for sure that the fur was groomed from the animal in a humane way.

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How Would You Keep So Much Fur Clean?

The sad fact is in a loving and responsible home an angora rabbit should be kept well groomed to prevent it overheating or ingesting hair which can then cause major health concerns - not to mention to stop the fur matting, tangling and becoming filthy!

But most of these rabbits are not in loving homes, they are in bare steel cages which are not lined with ANYTHING to ensure their coats are as clean as possible. Their feet become sore and painful but it doesn't matter to the owners of most Chinese angora farms because the feet are not a body part that need to be taken care of.

The only thing that matters is the dollars that the trade brings in and therefore the one part of the rabbit that needs to look good is the fur.


A Recently Plucked Rabbit In Shock

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Did You Know?

90% of angora hair comes from China where this horrific method of extraction is known to be common. The other 10% comes mostly from Chile, Europe and the United Stated of America.


If You Care

On a human level I want to ask you - if you are reading this, please don't shake it off and ignore what I am putting to you. I read this in a news article and I have sworn to myself to never EVER buy angora products know I know where the majority of the wool comes from.

It is a natural human response to want to think that this doesn't happen every day and there are loads of angora farms out there that are careful in removing the fur and use humane, pain-free methods such as shearing or gentle grooming, but to be honest I don't believe that many of these places really do exist. People want products for less money and paying less money means that the money is going into places that simply do not care about animal welfare.

If you are thinking that after the years of agony for these rabbits comes a happy retirement then I am sorry to tell you that their throats are slit, they are skinned and sold for meat.

There is no happy ending for these animals unless we can start saying no to angora wool products.

Everyone has their individual choices to make and I am personally choosing to opt out of this brutality. If you want to do more than that then spread the word! I don't think there are many people out there who would wear fur that was sourced in such an appalling way.

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      Anna 

      3 years ago from chichester

      If there were more people like you in the world I'm sure animal care would be much better :) I would love to own an angora rabbit - I have two mixed breed rescue bunnies at the moment and they're just gorgeous. I will never understand how people can harm another living creature so blindly. Glad to hear there are good rabbit keepers out there and I will certainly support those ones :) especially with Christmas coming! Thank you for your comment :)

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      RustySpoons 

      3 years ago

      I raise angora rabbits and this type of thing sickens me. They're all the most docile rabbits I have ever handled. They are sweet and full of personality. They love being given love, and being handled gently. The poor creatures in these farms deserve better.

      Don't swear off all Angora though; if it says it came from home-grown wool or from local rabbitries, chances are it was raised very humanely. Staying away from wool in large stores is a better bet that doesn't poison the healthily-raised local angora economy.

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      Jayme Kinsey 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wow. Wouldn't have known if you hadn't said. I knew some people who raised Angora on a small scale, but they groomed the fur and trimmed the rabbits similar to sheep. I would have thought that was how everyone did it. I can't wear Angora, makes me itch. So, I won't be supporting any kind of Angora industry!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      3 years ago from United States

      I don't believe in using animal fur for any reason. Not only is it inhumane, but it is completely unnecessary. So many faux furs are just as soft and beautiful. Actually, in my opinion, they are more beautiful because nothing had to give its life or be tortured to make an item of vanity.

      Excellent awareness article!

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      Anna 

      3 years ago from chichester

      Thanks for the comment Flourish - it really is horrible and I don't think people know the conditions these poor bunnies are kept in otherwise I like to think no one would wear the sweaters any more!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      Ugh. Horrific. Thanks for writing about this. Terrible, terrible. I hope everyone who has one starts to itch, turn red, and feel guilty.

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