Los Angeles – UNIQLO and Zappos.com have joined the more than 80 other major retailers worldwide that have banned mohair in response to PETA’s video exposéof the mohair industry in South Africa, the source of more than 50 percent of the world’s mohair. Zappos.com, the e-retailer giant owned by Amazon, and UNIQLO, which has 2,000 stores in 19 markets worldwide, will no longer purchase products that contain the cruelly obtained material.
PETA’s first-of-its-kind eyewitness exposé reveals that angora goat kids cried out in fear as they were shorn for the first time. Shearers—who are paid by volume, not by the hour—worked quickly and carelessly, leaving the animals cut up and bleeding. Workers roughly stitched them up without giving them any pain relief. And unwanted goats died in agonizing ways: One worker slowly cut the throats of fully conscious goats with a dull knife and then broke their necks, hacking one animal’s head right off. Other goats were hauled to a slaughterhouse, where they were electrically shocked, hung upside down, and slashed across the throat.
“Every single mohair sweater or scarf represents the terror, blood, and cries of gentle baby goats,” says PETA Director of Corporate Affairs Anne Brainard. “PETA applauds UNIQLO, Zappos, and the other brands that have made the compassionate decision to drop mohair and is calling on all other retailers to join them.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—has asked law-enforcement agencies in South Africa to investigate and file charges, as appropriate, for potential violations of that country’s Animals Protection Act, 1962. An investigation is underway.
Zappos and UNIQLO, who will be mohair-free by 2020, are now among the dozens of retailers—including Anthropologie, Esprit, Express, Gap, H&M, Old Navy, Topshop, and Zara—that have agreed not to use mohair in their products following PETA’s exposé.