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Ethical Angora Brands That Don’t Harm Bunnies

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PETA has proven that most angora products seriously harm rabbits. But not if they’re from these ethical angora brands!

By Chere Di Boscio

We’ve shown you the harrowing video of Chinese workers pulling the fur and skin off live angora rabbits in order to harvest their hair for angora fashion products. As a result of that PETA video going viral, sales of angora sweaters, hats and other products actually fell, even over the Christmas season, and several major retailers, including ASOS, Cos, Mango and Calvin Klein have vowed to stop selling fashion containing angora wool.

However, there is no need to ban angora from your wardrobe entirely, as there are a handful of ethical angora brands that create soft, warm winter clothing without hurting bunnies–in fact, the owners claim their rabbits love a nice haircut every now and then.

Angora rabbits‘ extremely long hair can actually cause them to choke on their own hair balls if their fur isn’t cut regularly, so, with ethical keepers of rabbits, there is always a strong supply of natural, ethical angora fibres. Still, Chinese fur farms are still the main suppliers of the material, so it’s critical to buy your winter wardrobe staples from a reputable producer, such as one of those below.

Eribe

Based in Scotland, this brand blends angora with other natural fibres to create long-lasting pieces that are completely cruelty-free. The brand prides itself on using traditional motifs and patterns in its knitwear that reflect its Scottish heritage.

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Ambika

Hutches holding almost two dozen rabbits dominate the landscape at Ambika headquarters, where owner Ambika Conroy clips the fur of her angora bunnies every season. Conroy produces quirky pieces like angora legwarmers and earmuffs, with prices starting at just over £100. It’s not cheap, but it is guaranteed to be ethical.

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LuvaHuva

This eco-friendly lingerie brand buys its angora from the ethical Italian producer  Filati Biagioli Modesto. Rabbits are gently brushed to source the finest, fuzziest furs. In addition to gorgeously sustainable lingerie, LuvaHuva uses angora to make  sexy little cardis and other luxury boudoir pieces.

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Orkney Angora

True, this brand only produces basic, practical thermal goods, like longjohns, underwear, T-shirts and gloves, but it also sells yarn so you can knit your own awesome fashion, like these sweaters shown below.

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Angoras and Co

This French label, run by a husband and wife team, are guardians of angora rabbits which they lovingly brush and groom themselves in order to obtain glossy angora fur.

Angoras and Co does create some angora products, but they are mainly for the home, such as cushion covers and blankets. However, if you’re handy (or if your grannie is), you can always try to make your own simple knits, such as those below, from the soft, ethical angora and alpaca yarn the company sells on their website.

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Chere Di Boscio

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    John Bailey
    May 29, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    This article sends a very bad message: May I ask what happens to these animals once their fur production drops and also how are they kept? Let me help you out, they have their throats slit and are sold for pet meat. They are also kept in squalid conditions and restrained while they have their fur ‘gently’ combed out. Just because these animals do not have their hair pulled out by the roots does not make it ethical. It seems you are just trying to justify something you want to be true. All it takes for evil to exist is for good people to do nothing.

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    Oct 14, 2018 at 11:16 am

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    Nov 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm

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    Jaconde
    Nov 8, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Ask yourself, is the ideal situation for a rabbit (or any animal) to be owned because their body is a commodity, and to be bred to further their use as a commodity (this is why angoras “must” be combed, they were not discovered in the wild crying for humans to free them from their miserable state), or to be cared and loved because they are an individual with valid emotions and a desire to experience life.

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