UNIQLO Joins Other Brands To Ban Mohair Clothing After Harrowing PETA Message

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Japanese fashion retailer UNIQLO, along with Amazon-owned online apparel store Zappos, is the next after H&M, Zara, Gap, and Topshop to announce its plans to ditch the use of mohair in its clothing.

The follows a distressing video shared by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on 1 May 2018 that reveals how the woolly material, which comes from the smooth fibers of angora goats, is produced.

The footage shows employees sheering the inner coats of young goats hastily, since they are paid by the amount produced and not by the hour. As a result, the animals often get cut. More shockingly, the goats are also thrown about, electrified and mutilated, to name a few of the acts recorded in the video.

UNIQLO is now one of 80-odd fashion brands to ban clothing made with this material. Other prominent companies include Old , Anthropologie, and and Banana Republic.

The retailer’s current mohair offerings comprise a sweater and cardigan, and it has removed these items from the search results page in its US website.

Both UNIQLO and Zappos pledge to remove all mohair products by 2020.

PETA’s video can be viewed here, but do note that it contains sensitive material and is not for the faint of heart.

Screenshot via UNIQLO

Screenshot via UNIQLO

[via Pret-a-Reporter, images via various sources]


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