Don’t buy an angora scarf for Christmas, unless you enjoy bunnies being tortured

November 23, 2013 3:28 pm Comments Off on Don’t buy an angora scarf for Christmas, unless you enjoy bunnies being tortured Views: 6060

Too cruel for words. Image courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Too cruel for words. Image courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Source: NewsComAu

THE horrific truth of the angora fur industry has been revealed in shocking images from a Chinese workshop taken by animal rights group PETA.

Ninety per cent of the world’s angora comes from China, but the manner in which it is sourced is far from humane.

The rabbits are tied up and stretched out before workers rip out the fur by hand, leaving the rabbits bleeding in their cages.

In a video recorded by PETA in China, where 90 per cent of the world’s angora fur is sourced, the animals can be heard screaming in pain.

The animals are kept for two to five years, with their fur being yanked out every two-three months, according to PETA Asia.

When the fur has been plucked, the animals are thrown into tiny cages to recover.

Once a bunny has outlived its purpose, it is killed and skinned.

The bunny will endure this several times before it is killed. Image courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PET

The bunny will endure this several times before it is killed. Image courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Source: NewsComAu

‘PETA UK is appealing to shoppers this holiday season’, says PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi.

‘Please take the time to read the label on that sweater or scarf. If it says “angora,” leave the item on the rack.’

Rabbits who have their fur cut or sheared also suffer: during the cutting process, their front and back legs are tightly tethered and the sharp cutting tools inevitably wound them as they struggle desperately to escape.

PETA reports that the traders keep the animals in solitary in barren wire cages that harm their sensitive feet.

They are denied solid flooring, bedding and the vital companionship of other rabbits.

In China, there are no penalties for animal abuse on rabbit farms and no standards that regulate the treatment of animals.

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