- Title: PETA rips fur off giant rabbit outside Paris store to protest use of angora
- Date: 2nd October 2019
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (OCTOBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (French) PETA ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, ERIC DISIATO, SAYING: "It's unacceptable to need to pluck live rabbits so that afterwards, people can have nice sweaters and things like that. Today, we can make very nice synthetic materials. It's clear that people need to be conscious that the animals are treated with cruelty, and I think that if we show them that with this action today, they will understand." SIGN / DISIATO CLEANING HANDS AFTER RIPPING FUR MODEL RABBIT'S PAW THUMPING
- Embargoed: 16th October 2019 13:22
- Keywords: Angora fur animal cruelty PETA protest rabbit
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE / HERZOGBIRBAUM, AUSTRIA
- City: PARIS, FRANCE / HERZOGBIRBAUM, AUSTRIA
- Country: France
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA003AZENWW7
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- Story Text:Activists from the animal rights organisation PETA on Wednesday (October 2) plucked fur from a giant model rabbit to protest the use of angora wool in front of a Paris store of clothing chain American Vintage.
The United States-based group criticised the French clothing chain for selling products containing angora such as its "Mitibird" jumper made of 50 percent angora wool.
During the action, a speaker blasted squeals of an angora rabbit as PETA activist Eric Disiato yanked by hand faux fur from a protester in a blood-covered rabbit costume.
Angora rabbits are "bullied and violated" in wool farms, PETA spokesperson Marie-Morgane Jeanneau said.
"As far as the shearing... there is live plucking during which their fur is pulled by hand," she said.
PETA has been pressuring clothing brands to stop using angora in recent years and has released in 2013 an undercover video of "extreme yet routine cruelty to angora rabbits" from inside a Chinese angora farm.
Since the video was released, numerous brands, such as fast-fashion giants Primark and H&M, sports brand Adidas and luxury clothing labels Gucci and Massimo Dutti, have banned the use of angora in their garments.
(Production: Martin Esposito, Kathryn Carlson)
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