H&M and Zara ditch mohair wool after animal cruelty expose

Major fast fashion brands are banning mohair wool following accusations of animal cruelty at goat farms in South Afri...

Posted: May 3, 2018 2:14 PM
Updated: May 3, 2018 2:14 PM

Major fast fashion brands are banning mohair wool following accusations of animal cruelty at goat farms in South Africa.

H&M, as well as the parent companies of Zara and Topshop, said they would stop using the material following a report from the animal rights group PETA.

PETA on Tuesday published an expose of alleged animal cruelty at 12 goat farms in South Africa. The country produces more than half of the world's mohair, according to its agriculture ministry.

Video from PETA shows farm workers dragging animals, and handling them with excessive force. The group said some animals were injured because workers were shearing their wool too quickly.

PETA said some goats died from injuries, or thirst. The video shows a farm worker killing conscious goats by slitting their throats.

Mohair wool is used to make sweaters, winter coats, suits and home furnishings.

"For us it is of utmost importance that animals are treated well and we have therefore decided to permanently ban mohair," H&M said in a statement. The company said the change would be made by 2020.

Arcadia Group, which owns UK retailer Topshop, said it "was concerned" about the video showing "poor treatment" of the goats.

"We have therefore committed to stop sourcing any new goods containing Mohair," the group said in a statement.

Spain's Inditex, the parent company of Zara, said it "deplores the cruel practices on South African mohair farms uncovered by PETA."

It said it would phase out the material by 2020.

The South African Mohair Growers' Association, which supports and lobbies for goat farmers in the country, did not respond to a request for comment.

Related: 3M and H&M probe claim they used Chinese prison labor

Some major fashion brands stopped another kind of wool -- angora -- in 2013 following a campaign by PETA.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 63723

Reported Deaths: 1739
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin20063845
Ramsey7904270
Dakota4670106
Anoka3891115
Stearns293520
Washington225548
Olmsted180923
Nobles17819
Scott166922
Mower11172
Rice10488
Blue Earth9606
Wright9395
Carver9153
Clay79540
Sherburne75810
Kandiyohi7251
St. Louis63620
Todd4312
Lyon4273
Watonwan3842
Freeborn3651
Nicollet36313
Steele3632
Benton3273
Winona27216
Beltrami2670
Crow Wing26514
McLeod2400
Le Sueur2371
Martin2125
Chisago2111
Otter Tail2094
Goodhue2089
Cottonwood1800
Becker1641
Pipestone1619
Polk1614
Waseca1571
Carlton1490
Itasca14612
Douglas1441
Unassigned14446
Isanti1410
Dodge1360
Pine1320
Murray1251
Chippewa1191
Morrison971
Wabasha970
Faribault930
Brown922
Rock890
Meeker882
Sibley862
Koochiching833
Jackson810
Cass793
Pennington751
Fillmore730
Mille Lacs733
Renville675
Lincoln610
Grant574
Swift571
Roseau530
Yellow Medicine530
Houston490
Pope480
Aitkin421
Norman400
Hubbard370
Kanabec372
Redwood370
Wilkin353
Marshall300
Wadena280
Mahnomen271
Big Stone250
Lake240
Red Lake240
Stevens220
Traverse150
Clearwater140
Lac qui Parle90
Lake of the Woods70
Cook60
Kittson30

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 51101

Reported Deaths: 965
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk10800210
Woodbury378354
Black Hawk324566
Linn250389
Johnson216521
Dallas195135
Scott180815
Buena Vista180112
Dubuque177031
Marshall147527
Pottawattamie140029
Story120315
Wapello94336
Muscatine88048
Webster8678
Crawford7433
Cerro Gordo67119
Sioux6713
Warren5972
Tama56129
Plymouth49312
Jasper49028
Wright4851
Clinton4504
Dickinson3874
Louisa37814
Washington30710
Boone2783
Franklin25912
Hamilton2561
Bremer2407
Des Moines2262
Clarke2103
Clay2101
Carroll2082
Emmet1974
Marion1930
Shelby1931
Hardin1890
Floyd1753
Jackson1671
Benton1641
Allamakee1624
Poweshiek1608
Henry1464
Mahaska14417
Guthrie1425
Lee1415
Buchanan1401
Cedar1361
Jones1362
Butler1332
Madison1302
Delaware1291
Humboldt1271
Hancock1252
Lyon1242
Pocahontas1202
Clayton1163
Harrison1161
Cherokee1101
Winnebago1080
Winneshiek1061
Kossuth1020
Page1010
Taylor1000
Iowa981
Palo Alto980
Fayette960
Mills951
Monona931
Calhoun922
Cass901
Jefferson890
Osceola880
Sac870
Grundy861
Mitchell830
Union831
Monroe758
Lucas744
Worth710
Chickasaw620
Davis622
Montgomery624
Howard550
Appanoose533
Fremont450
Greene420
Keokuk411
Van Buren391
Adair380
Ida330
Audubon301
Decatur280
Ringgold241
Wayne211
Adams170
Unassigned50
Rochester
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 67°
Mason City
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 72°
Albert Lea
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 68°
Austin
70° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 70°
Charles City
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 70°
Sever storm chances return for Friday night
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Marching Band makes adjustments for Covid-19

Image

Virtual Wing Ding for Democrats in Iowa

Image

Improving Relations Between Law Enforcement and Communities

Image

Gov. Walz Calls for Unity After Imam Attacked

Image

Fan challenges Rochester Honkers to a win

Image

Essential Worker Convoy

Image

Olmsted County Election Prep

Image

Move With The Mayor

Image

Princess Kay of The Milky Way Is Crowned

Image

Rochester Events Cancelled

Community Events