Urge French Connection Not to Resume Selling Angora

“There can be no justification for causing suffering to animals simply to serve man’s pleasure or simply to enhance man’s lifestyle.”
The Dean of York

Update September 21st – I have added a further petition, please scroll down to sign a petition directed to the president of China, asking them to stop cruel angora wool production

Warning some people may find the photo and the video below upsetting.

Please take action to help rabbits. 

It is said that there is no sentiment in business, and seemingly there is no compassion for the pain and suffering of helpless animals, no empathy and no ethics as high street retailer French Connection resumes selling angora. As usual profit comes before all else including their promise not to sell angora because of the most horrendous animal cruelty you can imagine when gentle rabbits have their wool ripped from their bodies. What kind of sickening mentality allows people to make such an inhumane decision knowing full well the details of this shocking abuse?

Some of you may recall the PETA campaign to persuade retailers to stop selling angora:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/rabbits-scream-in-pain-as-their-fur-is-plucked-while-they-are-alive/

As a result of this campaign many retailers discontinued selling angora.
Major retailers including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Forever 21, and ASOS are now angora-free.

Sadly, though not surprisingly, one retailer French Connection has decided to resume selling angora despite the horrendous cruelty of live plucking from screaming helpless rabbits. Rabbits are stoic creatures, as pry animals they have evolved to hide their pain, it is only when pain is extreme that a rabbit will scream.

If you have any doubts concerning the level of cruelty involved please watch the following video:

A PETA Asia investigation into angora farms in China – the world’s top producer of angora wool – has revealed shockingly cruel treatment of rabbits.

The undercover footage, shot by PETA Asia, reveals routine cruelty to angora rabbits, whose long, soft fur is often used in sweaters and accessories. The investigator filmed workers who were violently ripping the fur from the animals’ sensitive skin as they screamed at the top of their lungs in pain. After this terrifying and barbaric ordeal, which the rabbits endure every three months, many of them appeared to go into severe shock. After two to five years, those who have survived are hung upside down, their throats are slit, and their carcasses are sold.

Please take Action

Though French Connection is a UK retailer anyone from anywhere may of course take action.

Send a message to French Connection

Angora-rabbit-plucking

French Connection has made the heartless decision to resume its sales of angora, despite being fully informed of the fact that angora is torn from the bodies of live rabbits. PETA Asia’s investigation into the angora wool industry shows how rabbits suffer when the fur is removed from their bodies. Workers rip the fur out of rabbits’ skin, causing the animals to scream in pain. And those who have their fur cut or sheared instead still suffer greatly: Their front and back legs are tethered tightly—a terrifying experience for any prey animal—and they’re stretched out on boards or suspended in the air. The cutting tools that are used invariably wound the rabbits as they struggle to escape. Afterward, these highly sensitive social animals are left in shock—they lie motionless inside their tiny, filthy cages, where they’re denied solid flooring and bedding.

Read more and send the message:
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/urge-french-connection-stop-selling-angora-wool/#ixzz3Dpq7Erft – scroll down to send the message.

Preferably please personalise before sending or use as a template for your own message or if this is not possible send as it is.

Even more effective if you have the time is to send a letter, you can use the PETA message above as a template if you like:

French Connection
3rd Floor
Matrix Beta
Matrix Business Park
Swansea
SA6 8RE

You can also contact French Connection in the following ways:

Contact by e-mail
General Enquiries:
enquiries@frenchconnection.com

Contact by using their on-line form:
https://www.frenchconnection.com/contact+us.htm

By Telephone :
0333 400 3285 if calling from within the UK,

or +44 1792 784 150 if calling from overseas,

or 0333 400 3284 for Retail customer service queries

Also please send them a tweet:
https://twitter.com/FCUK – How shocking they even feature a cute little rabbit on their Twitter banner while being complicit in the torture of angora rabbits in China!

Comment on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/frenchconnection

Update September 21st –
This petition is directed to the president of China, asking them to stop cruel angora wool production:
http://www.change.org/p/president-xi-jinping-of-china-stop-torturing-angora-rabbits

Please share share share.

We must do all we can to urge retailers not to resume selling angora. This has come as no surprise. I was only recently thinking that we need to keep an eye open for retailers reneging on their promise to not sell angora. French Connection may be the first to do this probably hoping no one would notice but I would be surprised indeed if they are the last. We need to be vigilant.

Sign the Pledge

Please click the link below if you have not already done so and take the pledge to keep angora rabbit wool out of your wardrobe. It’s easy to check the label when you’re shopping—if it says “angora,” leave it on the rack.

https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5171

What kind of human being can hear the screams of these rabbits and continue plucking the wool from this defenceless animal. It just turns your stomach to hear those awful screams. Retailers who buy angora from China are complicit, there is no excuse, no justification.

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