As a teenager I had a pale pink angora wool sweater that I adored. It was soft and warm, and looked great dressed up or casual. Little did I know then how it was made with incredible cruelty.
Recently, an investigator for PETA in China, the source of 90% of the world’s angora fur, shot video footage showing workers violently ripping the fur from rabbits who were alive at the time. Trust me, animal lover or not, fan of PETA or not, you do not want to know the rest. Apparently, there are no enforceable laws protecting the treatment of animals in China, and no penalties enforced against those who abuse them.
With the news of this treatment towards animals, PVH Corp — the parent company of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and a few other well-known brands, has announced that effective immediately it is banning and pulling from shelves any and all products made with angora wool. Kudos to PVH for taking a stand, for recognizing that there are certain things more important than profits, and that sales can be made without cruelty.
So the next time you purchase an item from Calvin Klein or Tommy Hilfiger, remember that when faced with the decision, they chose kindness.