Retailers Who Have Dropped Angora – the List

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Things are moving extremely fast in the campaign against angora. More and more companies are listening to their customers and ditching angora after shocking video footage released by PETA and its international affiliates showed how rabbits are abused on Chinese angora farms.

PETA angora protest December 2013

We’re delighted that so many retailers are taking note, and we’ve been blown away by the passion of supporters and activists around the world about this issue. But some brands have gone further than others in taking decisive action against cruelty to rabbits.

Here’s a summary of developments to date – we’ll keep this list updated as we hear from more businesses.

UPDATE: The most current list of retailers is available here.

Comments

  • Richard commented on December 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Hi,

    Have you got sample letters to send to local indy retailers who still sell angora products?

    R

    • Anne commented on December 21, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Hi Richard – Please send an email to info@peta.org.uk, and we’ll get back to on Monday you with some suggested wording. Thanks!

  • Andrea hepworth commented on December 21, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    This is so encouraging but we must not be complacent. What about Tesco? Do they stock angora?

    • Andrea hepworth commented on December 21, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      River Island have also said they will source alternatives for future production but have not committed to taking existing stock off shelves!

    • Karen commented on January 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Tescos in Beijing sell LIVE turtles which have their heads cut off there and then at the counter, or they can take them home LIVE (possibly suffocating in plastic bags enroute – taking up to an hour to do so) for their customers to hack away at them at home, so I doubt VERY MUCH if Tesco’s are bothered about the poor rabbits! This disgusting practice was recently highlighted in an article in the Daily Mail. I haven’t shopped at Tescos here FOR MANY YEARS as a personal objection to this inhumane, diabolical practice. The only animals China care about are their Panda’s – because they bring in vast amounts of money from the Tourist trade.

  • Emily commented on December 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    UNIQLO uses angora fur in MANY of their products. Not just sweater but cardigans, jackets, socks…the list goes on.

    I have emailed both UNIQLO JAPAN and UNIQLO USA a week ago but I haven’t got any response yet.

  • Jenny commented on December 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I am sorry to say that I’ve realised a jumper I bought in Monsoon last year is made from Chinese angora. Are they doing anything about their stock?

  • BoycottAngora commented on December 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve been messaging retailers via a new Twitter account I’ve set up – @boycottangora

    I’ve been tweeting Next backwards and forwards as they say they are sticking to their animal welfare guidelines (tweets on 22nd Dec). I’ve asked them if they can guarantee they don’t use torture angora, but they dodge the questions. They have however said that their angora comes from correctly sheared rabbits. Phase Eight today have said ‘Our suppliers have certified they use ethical practices throughout the process. We only use reputable yarn suppliers.’

    I’m not sure what your thoughts are on this – I want to keep pushing on this, but what do I believe? Can you give me some ideas on how I can respond to them?

    • Anne commented on December 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Hello,
      Thank you so much for speaking up for angora rabbits. Consumer pressure has been making a huge difference in getting shops to stop selling this cruel product.
      PETA can’t comment on individual retailers’ policies right now, because the situation is moving so fast. However, we would reiterate that there is no such thing as “ethical” angora, especially as 90% of angora comes from China where there are no penalties for the abuse of animals on farms and no standards to regulate the treatment of the animals. Rabbits who are sheared still suffer – being tied up, stretched across a board and shaved is terrifying for these timid animals, and for the rest of the time they may be kept in small, filthy cages. That’s why we are calling on shops to do the right thing by dropping angora altogether.

      Thanks for your support!

  • Concerned in Belfast commented on December 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Hi,

    Just on the Yours Clothing website. They are selling angora mix jumpers. I won’t be buying from them until they stop this practice.

  • Heather Pyne commented on December 23, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Hi
    I just had my jumper from French Connection refunded after I received your email. I have also written to them asking what they are going to do about the situation – they tell me they are “pausing their sourcing” whilst they investigate. I have asked them to keep me updated.

    Jigsaw also have jumpers with rabbit hair and I have emailed them with the same – I am awaiting a response.

  • Nicole commented on December 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    PETA, can you contact GANT for a response because they have been very arrogant about providing there position on the use of angora.

    Nobody will reply from head office, there facebook page is no different.
    Please put pressure on GANT, they use angora frequently.

    http://www.gant.com/about-gant/contact

    • Nicole commented on January 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Someone from PETA please reply.

    • Anne commented on January 6, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Hi Nicole,
      Thanks for taking the time to speak out against cruel angora! Because of the rapidly changing situation, and behind-the-scenes campaign dicussions, we are not able to comment on the situation with individual retailers or designers at present. However, this blog post is being regularly updated as more companies respond to consumer pressure by dropping angora, so do keep checking back here.

  • Jacqueline McKay commented on January 1, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I will be writing to Gap and several other retailers who stock angora products to hopefully get them remove angora products from sale and stop using it in their products.
    I can hardly believe that anyone can be so cruel to pull the angora fur from these poor sensitive rabbits and leave them bleeding and in so much pain. How would they like it if the hair was pulled of their bodies and they were thrown in a dirty cage and left in agony. I will be making sure that I never purchase anything containing angora again and will encourage others to do the same.

  • Andrea Reed commented on January 8, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I have just seen a children’s hat in my local Sainsburys which contains Angora and is made in China. What is their policy to Angora?

    • Anne commented on January 9, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Hi Andrea,
      Because the campaign against angora is moving really quickly, I’m afraid we can’t comment on individual retailers’ policies right now (other than the ones on this list, who have confirmed that they are taking action). But whenever you see angora on sale, please speak out – a short, polite conversation with a store’s manager can make a huge difference in persuading businesses to do the right thing!

  • Lisa Birks commented on January 10, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Hi, I think it is wonderful news that worldwide people have been made aware of this terrible suffering and that big name companies are making the right choices. However, I do keep asking myself what is actually happening to these rabbits right now? Are they still stuck in filthy cages with temporary releif from the plucking of their beautiful fur? I am very interested to know.

    Keep up the amazing work!

    • Abi commented on January 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Yes, Peta, this is the exact same response I’ve had. I’m so pleased that you’re working hard on this issue but sadly all I can think about is whether the impact is going to be great enough to actually stop this practice altogether. I know the campaign is also big in the US, which is encouraging. But is there enough pressure worldwide that the root cause of this will actually be completely tackled?

      I and many others would really appreciate a response on how the work you are doing is actually having an impact locally on the perpetrators of this horrible act. Ideally it would be good to hear statements from the owners and managers of the individual factories – if only to make them take some responsibility for what has happened in the past.

  • Lynne Collins commented on January 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I bought an angora jumper 2 years ago from All Saints. After seeing your film, I rapidly checked to see where the garment was made and was saddened to see it was made in China.
    I immediately emailed All Saints and sent them a link to your film. Up to now they have not answered that email. I will send that same email again, but wondered if you could also approach them.

    I think you are doing a great job, please keep up the good work.

  • Manel Dias commented on January 12, 2014 at 12:33 am

    I am so happy to learn that the Calvin Klein & Tommy Hilfiger has totally dropped selling these innocent Angora rabbit fur in their stores. I had a very high respect for them some time ago. But when I came to know the brutality behind the scenes and the massive sufferings they created for such innocent Rabbits in the name of money & the profit I felt like dizzy and horrible. Since these companies have now declared to be free from animal abuse to gain profit I will make sure to get back & promote their names. Thank you to all of those stores/companies who have stopped selling innocent animals skins & fur.

  • Dawn drower commented on January 12, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Jack wills have Chinese angora products. I emailed them and they replied that their angora comes from monitored farms which use electric shavers to clip the rabbits and that they regularly audit the suppliers! And in the midst of the uproar they are visiting their supplier again to check. I don’t see how they can possibly ensure that it’s produced humanely coming from china. I shall forward info to PETA to check.

  • andrea hepworth commented on January 12, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I too am concerned about what will happen to these beautiful creatures now stuck in their filthy cages. I cannot get it out of my mind…

  • Hannah commented on January 12, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I’ve recently discovered that one of my favourite retailers, Joules, uses angora in ALOT of their products!! I’ve now stopped buying from them but could they be added to this campaign?

  • lan robertson commented on January 12, 2014 at 10:22 am

    keep me informed so i can pass on to friends on facebook thank you

  • Donna Combe commented on January 12, 2014 at 10:40 am

    This is what I have written to the retailers above who still need to take action, feel free to use it to write to them too:

    I am writing to ask that you remove angora products from your shelves and pledge never to sell them again. Please lead the way with other visionary retailers such as Boden , Calvin Klein, & Other Stories, ASOS, Cheap Monday, Cos, Mango, Monki and Tommy Hilfiger, who have already taken swift action.

    As you are no doubt increasingly aware, there is no such thing as “ethical” angora, especially as 90% of angora comes from China where there are no penalties for the abuse of animals on farms and no standards to regulate the treatment of the animals. Many have their fur ripped from them, this is not like being waxed at a local spa or pulling off a plaster from a hairy part of an arm, this is excruciatingly painful and the quiet fragile animals literally scream in pain; left afterwards trembling in overwhelmed shock.

    Even rabbits who are sheared still suffer – being tied up, stretched across a board and shaved is terrifying for these timid animals, and for the rest of the time they may be kept in small, filthy cages, until it is time again for them to be taken out and literally tortured – for their entire lives!

    Please be wholly aware of the cruelty that is being perpetuated, and appreciate that any cutting edge innovators will find new, alternative solutions, rather than relying on the antiquated and outdated. Please use your position to do the right thing in this lifetime and drop angora altogether.

    For more information and in helping you make your decision, please see: http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=23870

  • Lynn de Bruyn commented on January 12, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Hi, this is brilliant news, however, I’ve noticed that HUSH is currently selling anglora sweaters, hopefully to be discontinued. Many thanks for the great work!

  • Carolina commented on January 12, 2014 at 11:50 am

    And what about the large amount of down jackets being sold these days? How can there be such a large amount if down available?

  • Denny Long commented on January 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Whistles London, advertised a £295 angora sweater in fashion section of The Guardian Magazine on Saturday January 4th. I am writing to them, as another reader did also in the letters section of the magazine on January 1th.

  • Briony Appletree commented on January 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Cath Kidston also stock angora products, and I’ve spoken to my company (whom I actually work for currently) and they have confirmed that they source their angora from China.

  • Samantha Gorry commented on January 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Hi PETA!!

    Could you please inquire about the use of fur used in Dash boutiques USA? I remember viewing a video that PETA had ‘broken up’ with khloe kardashian over the use of fur in their stores after she had become a spokesperson for PETA. Can we as an online community put more pressure on these stores to eliminate the use of fur? Can you recommend or share any websites/contact info where we can ask Dash to rethink their policy on fur?

    Please respond!!!
    Eager to make a difference from the country down-under!!
    Regards,
    Sam (qld, aus)

  • Elisabeth Ollier commented on January 12, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you to all the people who work for and support PETA for all you do, you give us all hope of a cruelty free world.x

  • Donna Combe commented on January 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Dear PETA

    I am now beginning to get responses from those who still need convincing of the cruelty of angora. From Warehouse (below). I have responded explaining again that ALL angora is cruel and that there are NO animal welfare standards in China – and have asked for evidence to the contrary, rather than just words.

    Hi Donna

    Warehouse has taken the recent concerns raised by PETA very seriously, about the terrible treatment of angora rabbits. We have taken immediate steps to ensure we are not inadvertently contributing to this inhuman practice.

    This issue has been discussed with the suppliers in depth, and we have received reassurances that good animal welfare standards are in place with respect to angora yarn.

    If we can help you with anything else please let us know

    Best Wishes
    Danielle Locking
    Customer Services Team Leader

    • 4mula1 commented on January 12, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      YES their is.. please do not fund animal research charities. please visit. youtube.com/ms4mula1

    • Anne commented on January 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Hi Donna,

      Thank you so much for contacting these stores and taking the time to speak up for angora rabbits! It is so, so helpful to the campaign, and a really powerful way to persuade retailers that they need to ban angora.

      Our campaigners are holding discussions with many of these companies behind-the-scenes. It would be really useful if, when you receive unsatisfactory responses, you let the retailer know you’re not happy with the response, explain that it is not possible to source angora humanely and link to our feature, say you will be forwarding correspondence to PETA, and that you will sadly have to boycott the brand and encourage your family and friends to do so too until they commit to a ban. This would be a big help in showing shops how unhappy their customers are with the sale of cruel angora. Thank you!

  • Hannah commented on January 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Elle uses angora, have these been contacted?

  • Elizabeth Kingsmill commented on January 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    What about the issue of Oxfam, Fara, RSPCA and other charity shops which re-sell clothes and accessories containing angora? It seems particularly invidious for charities – particularly animal charities – to profit from such pornographic cruelty.

    One of the other things that worries me is whether I can any longer trust a store like M&S which, according to published data, has one of the best records on animal welfare, human welfare, ecology etc …. *How could M&S not know what is happening on these disgusting Chinese angora farms?!*. They profess to check their sources.. even if they use third parties it means, at the lowest, that they haven’t been asking many questions!

    I am now wondering whether I can trust their their cashmere and wool products are cruelty free…

  • Elizabeth Kingsmill commented on January 12, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Dear PETA, following up Richard’s request on December 21st, can you publish a link to a template letter that people can send to indy retailers please? Emails to the PETA address only receive a generic reply. Thank you!

  • Gemma commented on January 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    This is my reply from Oasis

    Hi Gemma, just to let you know that Oasis takes seriously the recent concerns raised by PETA about the terrible treatment of angora rabbits. We have taken immediate steps to ensure we are not inadvertently contributing to this inhumane practice. Having contacted all relevant suppliers and discussed this issue with them in depth, we have received reassurances that good animal welfare standards are in place with respect to angora yarn. Thanks x

    I replied saying that there is no such thing as ethical as they have no penalties for animal abuse in China

    Will be avoiding this shop until they change their policies

  • Shirl commented on January 12, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    HUSH CLOTHING has ANGORA in their collection

    Please write to them PETA and explain why they should remove it from future purchases re suppliers

    These creature are living a hell on earth

    X

  • june pearson commented on January 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Gap had piles of angora sweaters and cardigans in their junior Gap stores.
    I couldn’t believe the amount ….however there were so many on the shelves perhaps people are so incensed that angora is used they weren’t selling.
    I will be watching very closely.
    J. P.

  • Roma Robb commented on January 12, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    this is terrible cruelty and mus be stopped. I will do all I can to help keep this out of shops. I will also make sure my friends know the cruelty.involved. Very pleased to hear that my grandaughters school spoke of this to the children.

  • Fiona Kitchen commented on January 12, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    M&S still had angora mix socks on sale next to the till last week

  • Gail commented on January 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    What about DKNY? I spotted some Angora jumpers in there after Christmas. I wrote on their Facebook page but no one responded to it…

  • andrea hepworth commented on January 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    But do you believe them? Since 90% of the world’s angora comes from these farms in China, where are they ‘ethically’ sourcing theirs?! It seems as though they are trying to fob us off. River Island also sat the same thing….

    • Sharon F commented on January 12, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      sounds like a fob off to me as well!

    • Donna Combe commented on January 12, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      No I don’t. I wrote this on here hoping PETA would advise of the next steps to take. As I expect this back from others.

  • amanda martin commented on January 12, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Primark are selling jumpers containing angora wool

  • Sharon F commented on January 12, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    This is fabulous news and well done. I unknowingly brought a jumper containing angora from Debenhams (one of the designer ranges) just before the media coverage and I didn’t think to check what it contained at the time. Once I saw the newspaper report I checked the materials and was heartbroken to see it was made in China with angora. I went back to the store and insisted on an exchange (lost the receipt but it still had the label on) and told them exactly why. Thank you for raising awareness.

  • Belinda James commented on January 12, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Hello PETA and friends,

    I was bought a jumper from Whitestuff which unfortunately contains angora so it’s going back. HOWEVER I am really pleased to read on Whitestuffs blog that they are going to stop using it – please see this….http://www.whitestuff.com/angora-wool-update-blog117/

    Well done Whitestuff!!!!!

  • Aimee commented on January 12, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I’m just wondering if you bought an angora item but it was not from china does that mean its okay? I no there are so many ways to get angora fur that does not harm the animals, I’m a massive animal person I’ve been a vegetarian for 8 years I’m going to Borneo in 2015 to help orangutans, I want to do everything I can to help animals all around the world if there’s anything and I mean anything that I can do to help with campaigns or anything please let me no.

    Thank you
    Aimee
    Xx

  • Gemma commented on January 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I have just emailed river island too they need to get the pressure to stop!

    I got this email from ASOS after I applauded them on not selling Angora Yarn,

    As an online global fashion destination, ASOS firmly believes it is not acceptable for animals to suffer in the name of fashion or cosmetics. We have proudly been Angora free since 31st December 2013. ASOS Chantelle

    and Next

    Hi Gemma, Thank you for your post. We have stated that we will no longer be purchasing Angora products. However, thank you for sharing your concerns

  • Carole Fraser commented on January 12, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I am so happy people are seeing the light of day with this evil abuse of these poor rabibits now we need to let people see how these same people skin these poor cats and dogs being skinned alive and they might think twice about buying Fur coats.

  • 4mula1 commented on January 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    HELP STOP animal research & their charities. please also visit, youtube.com/ms4mula1 (no lie can live forever).

  • Donna Combe commented on January 12, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I have had this response back from Gap, looks like good news:

    Dear Donna,

    We appreciate that this issue has been raised, and we share the concerns expressed by our customers about the treatment of angora rabbits.

    Ensuring the fair and humane treatment of animals has been part of our brand’s history, and we’re committed to seeking to ensure that our policies and procedures are adhered to as products are created.

    Over the last number of days, we’ve looked carefully at the issue, and Gap is immediately suspending orders for products made with angora.

    We require that vendors contracted to make our product adhere to our ethical sourcing requirements that include the humane treatment of animals. We understand the importance of this issue and will work with others to advocate for lasting improvements.

    Thank you,

    Georgianna

    Gap Inc. Customer Relations

  • Ali Smith commented on January 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    My mum recently took some angora socks back to our local Aldi after learning about the horrendous angora industry. She asked to speak to the manager to explain why she wanted to return them explaining the animal cruelty involved. She was told they had been asked by head office to remove existing stock but not told the reason why. He thanked her for the information and said he would put a notice in the window. That’s another store acting thank god! They just need to speak to their staff.
    Thank you PETA for all you do.

    • Anne commented on January 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      That’s great to hear, Ali! Thank you to you and your mum for acting with compassion and speaking up for rabbits.

  • María Fernanda Skaf commented on January 12, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Por favor!!!!!! Basta de abusar de nuestros hermanos animales!!!!!!!!

  • Emma Lepkowski commented on January 12, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    There’s no place for animal cruelty in our society. I haven’t shopped at many of the stores still on the list. I find it absolutely vile that they feel the need to use real fur when faux fur is available & looks great.

  • Suzie Dodd commented on January 12, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I wrote to M&S and they were very responsive and said they would withdraw their angora range. I then found out that Laura Ashley also sold 31 angora products. I wrote an email and they replied:

    ‘Dear S Dodd

    Thank you for your email.

    Laura Ashley has a strict animal welfare policy and will only work with suppliers that share these values. We regularly spot check our suppliers to ensure they meet our policies and are currently liaising with our supply chain for angora, to confirm they are continuing to adhere to these stringent standards.

    I do hope this information is acceptable for you with regards to your enquiry.

    Yours sincerely

    Naomi Williams
    Laura Ashley
    Customer Services’

    If over 90% of angora comes from China where rabbits are routinely mistreated and kept in very poor conditions, what does LA mean by they have a ‘strict animal welfare policy’ and their suppliers have ‘stringent standards’? I believe this is nothing other than covering up tracks in the hope that we will go away. I have written a letter and included images of angora cruelty asking for answers to my questions, but they have yet to respond.
    Please, if anyone hasn’t written to LA could they please do so, the more pressure is put on them, the more they might stop selling angora.
    Thanks!

    • Anne commented on January 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      Hi Suzie,
      Thank you so much for contacting companies like M&S and Laura Ashley. It really backs up our campaigners in their discussions with these retailers.

      It’s great that you let Laura Ashley know that you weren’t impressed with their response – it’s not possible to source angora humanely, which is why so many other companies have committed to a full ban. Letting retailers that are dragging feet know that you’ll boycott them until they do the right thing is a really powerful tool to get them to change their policy!

  • hayley carter commented on January 13, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Hard to believe big retailers such as zara have no such intention of stopping all Angora fur completely from their stock. Disgusting. We must keep going until all Angora products are banned in this country. I personally want it illegal. Sadly can not see yjis happening

  • Jenna Castellania commented on January 13, 2014 at 8:45 am

    French Connection told me that they are not using Angora ( I had an old scarf with Angora in it) whilst TK Maxx told me that they have a no fur policy ( although they do currently stock jumpers with angora in them!!) they are looking into their production.

    At last some of the pain in this world may be halted, all this animals abuse is really something I am struggling with. Their pain and screams are haunting and tormenting my soul.

    • Anne commented on January 15, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Hi Jenna – Thank you so much for taking the time to contact these companies about their use of angora. It is really valuable to our campaign team, and helps retailers wake up to the fact that using angora is not acceptable. We’re making great progress in helping these bunnies – watch this space for updates!

  • Jenna Castellania commented on January 13, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Thank you for your email concerning Angora products.

    TK Maxx has had a no fur policy since 2003. Whilst we look into this matter further, TK Maxx will not knowingly source Angora products.

    Thank you once again for contacting us.

    Kind regards
    Jen

  • Jenna Castellania commented on January 13, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Thank you for your email.

    Our suppliers have confirmed to us that all of our Angora is carefully
    collected by shearing and
    cutters which does not cause any harm or distress to the animals.

    However, at this present time, French Connection has decided to pause
    sourcing angora to investigate further and to ensure our
    guidelines are strictly being followed.

    If there is anything further we can help with please do not hesitate to
    ask.

    Kind Regards,

    Emma

    French Connection
    +44 (0)844 557 3285
    http://www.frenchconnection.com

  • Gemma commented on January 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I know TK Max have alot of Angora as i have seen it every time I go in. So i made a point of contacting them with this responce, I will keep on at them as i know they still have items in store:

    Dear Gemma

    Thank you for your email about the angora wool products available in our stores.

    At TK Maxx, it is important to us that we are ethically responsible, listen to our customers and do the right thing. We have had a ‘no fur’ policy since 2003.

    Whilst we investigate this matter, we will not knowingly source angora products.

    Thank you once again for contacting us.

    Kind regards
    Angela

    TJX Europe Customer Services

    • Anne commented on January 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Hi Gemma,

      I just wanted to say thank you for contacting companies like TK Maxx, and also for passing on their response. It is SO helpful for the campaign.

      For shops that send back unsatisfactory responses, our advice is to let them know you’re not happy with the response, explain that it is not possible to source angora humanely and link to http://www.petauk.org/angora, and say you will sadly have to boycott the brand and will be encouraging their family and friends to do so too until they commit to a ban on angora.

      Thanks again for speaking up for these rabbits!

  • Linda A Levy commented on January 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    A big step forward I applaud all those company aho commit to stop buying angora but won’t be happy until it is stopped forever companys still buying angora will not get mine or my families custom until such a time that they drop angora altogether!!

    • Ian M Hoggan commented on January 13, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      I’m really sorry to have to say this Linda, but if you really want to be taken seriously by these people who, I hope will read your comments. Your grammar must improve somewhat!!! e.g. A big step forward! I applaud all those companies who are prepared to commit to stop purchasing Angora fur, and will not be happy until you do! Your company and others like yours, will not receive my or my family’s custom until you drop this appalling fur altogether!! There, how’s that? Any better? They will know who they are dealing with if you send this off instead!!! Keep up the good work girl!!!! Ian H. Wiltshire, England.

  • Pat commented on January 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I notice this is posted by PETA UK. Are the US-based companies of the same names also holding to these promises? …… or just the UK-based companies?

    • Anne commented on January 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Hi Pat – Yes, international companies such as Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein have pulled angora from their shops and websites all over the world!

  • Sharon lawson commented on January 13, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I contacted Me & Em re products with Angora selling. They confirmed they will not be buying Angora products from their suppliers because of terrible treatment of rabbits. Another victory for your campaign.

  • Nicola commented on January 13, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Hi,

    Just been onto the Asda website and they are still stocking angora products. I have sent them an email to inform the I will no longer be shopping there until they remove all angora products from their shelves.

    • Nicola commented on January 13, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      I will update when I have received their reply

  • Dot Alexander commented on January 14, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Temple Grandin would be proud of each one who shows compassion for the innocent creatures who do not deserve the brutality of the human hand. [ author of ‘Animals In Translation’ – a very worthy read by T. Grandin ]

  • Helen commented on January 14, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Sainsbury’s selling Totes products containing angora.

    Thank you for your email about the sourcing of angora for our products.

    I can assure you that we take the integrity of our products very seriously and following the media reports about animal cruelty in the wider angora trade, we are visiting our suppliers to ensure our standards which prohibit this are being upheld. We choose our suppliers carefully and any supplier using the practices you refer to would contravene the standards we set.

    We appreciate you taking the time to contact us and I hope I have been able to reassure you of our commitment to sourcing our products with integrity.

    Yours sincerely

    Gary Gartland | Customer Manager

    • Anne commented on January 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks for contacting Sainsbury’s and sharing their reply, Helen.

      As we know, there is no ethical way to source angora, especially as in China there are no laws in place to guarantee the welfare of the rabbits on these farms. Sainsbury’s, and other shops that haven’t yet banned angora, need to do better! But your messages are a huge help in putting pressure on these companies to do the right thing.

  • Leah commented on January 14, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Topshop are still stocking angora wool sweaters!! Saw some just before Christmas and it annoyed me so much, I used to love topshop but they have just lost a valuable costumer over their sales of angora wool!!!

  • Guy commented on January 15, 2014 at 1:11 am

    John Lewis have decided to no longer include angora in future John Lewis own brand or branded products. That moves them up from the bottom list to the middle list. This is the email I received from Stephen Cawley at John Lewis yesterday (14th Jan):

    “Thank you for your email

    As a responsible retailer, John Lewis is committed to ensuring high standards of animal welfare in all stages of the supply chain and we require our suppliers to do likewise. As part of our ongoing programme of supply chain management, we recently contacted suppliers about concerns raised by customers around the sourcing of Angora wool. While we found no evidence of unacceptable animal welfare practices, nevertheless we have decided to no longer include angora in future John Lewis own brand or branded products.

    regards

    Stephen Cawley
    Head of Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing”

    • Anne commented on January 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Yes, great news that John Lewis have moved up the list! Thanks for your help in persuading them to do the right thing :)

  • liam commented on January 15, 2014 at 2:11 am

    a great result, im happy to see this…lets keep up the great work

  • Ann Pearston commented on January 16, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Please add Fat Face to your list of retailers who are still selling angora. They say that they will not stock in future and that their source in China has been checked and is humane, but refuse to put any VISUAL evidence on their site. Also, is there any way to rehome any of these animals which will be killed if their wool cannot be sold – Angoras CANNOT survive in the wild as they need daily grooming & regular clipping. They will ingest their own fur & die. Rabbits CANNOT regurgitate fur as cats do. Can any of these poor animals be brought to the UK – maybe Sir Paul McCartny or Richard Branson could help in this area. I could rehome two – they will need to be neutered/spayed and the given much TLC, sincerely, Ann

    • Andrea hepworth commented on January 20, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Anne, there are literally millions of these poor creatures in China. Rehoming would clearly not be possible. PETA have told me that the best we can hope for is that they gradually phase out this despicable trade as the orders (hopefully) dwindle. It’s heartbreaking I know…

  • Izabella Takacs commented on January 16, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Temple Grandin would be proud of each one who shows compassion for the innocent creatures who do not deserve the brutality of the human hand.

  • Rachel commented on January 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I have just been on river islands website they are selling angora i have emailed them to question why they are selling it i will not be buying from them any time soon I will look into asda as I may stop shopping with them too

  • Jan Riley commented on January 17, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Jigsaw still selling angora and no information available about their position on this matter.

  • Vladimir Zhuk commented on January 18, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Bravo PETA!!! Bravo companies which have pledged not using angora in their products!!
    at the same time i’d like to know about my favorite brand Jack&Jones – in which list they are? if i’m not mistaken they also have no fur policy, but they use leather. just would like to hear from PETA how ethical J&J are from PETA’s respective.
    thanx.

    P.S. thanx to PETA i refused eating meat from Jan 1, 2013 :)

  • Jess commented on January 23, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Hi,

    Not sure of you no that river island are selling jumpers with angora in them?

    Jess x

  • Julie Boyd commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I contacted John Lewis here’s what they said.

    Dear Julie,

    Thank you for your email regarding angora products.

    As a company John Lewis is committed to high standards of animal welfare at all stages of the supply chain and we require our suppliers to do likewise. Within our extensive range of products, John Lewis stocks a small number of approximately 50 mixed fibre products which contain angora as a component fibre.

    I assure you that following the article we will be speaking to our suppliers about the concerns that PETA have raised in their report.

    Thank you for your bringing your concerns to our attention and please accept my apologies for the distress it caused.

    Kind regards,

    Greg Smith
    John Lewis.com

    I refuse to but anything at their stores until it’s stopped.

  • Tris Enticknap commented on January 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I contacted M & Co before Christmas as two of their products contained angora. I have had an acknowledgement of my email and have been told it has been passed on to the appropriate department, but have had no proper reply as yet.

  • Abi commented on January 25, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    It’s great to see how many chains have taken this matter seriously. For this reason. I think it would now be more helpful to have a clear ‘boycott list’ of companies that have still not made any commitment to stop selling angora. Gap et al have had more than enough time to act.

    • Abi commented on January 25, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      OK, looks like Gap have responded – but other brands have been mentioned here that do not seem to have made any such commitment. Can we put together a shortlist now please? I’d happily print it out and avoid shopping at any of them!

    • Bernie commented on January 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Yes,a boycott list is a great idea. We need to show them we mean business.

  • Emma commented on January 26, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    So pleased to see the number of brands hat have acted however I have been informed that Topshop, a huge brand in the UK, have made no attempts to stop stocking Angora products; is this correct? If so please join me in helping to stop Topshop from carrying on selling these products!

  • Therasa commented on January 27, 2014 at 11:17 am

    On this page it says that the retailer Monki have removed all angora products from their shelves but I was in their Carnaby Street store on Saturday 25th January, 2014 and there were scarfs on sale that contained angora! Its terrible that they have gained the possitive press and been seen to be taking an ‘ethical’ stance when they are still selling products containing angora! Retailers should know their supply chain in the first place, there is no excuse for the use of unethical angora, large retailers have the money and the resources to audit their suppliers, they just choose to worry about their profit margins rather than their morals.

  • Bernie commented on January 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Monsoon/Accessorize have many Angora products in stock.

    I visited river Island yesterday and found new stock with Angora.

    Zara have new stock with angora and are sending out a generic response to all campaigners commenting on their Facebook page.

    We have a lot of work to do! Let’s keep campaigning!

  • Donna commented on February 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    My reply from asda!! Not good enough so I won’t be going there again!!

    Asda.com

    Thanks for contacting the ASDA Service Team. Please find below your comments and a response from one of our service colleagues.

    If this issue is not resolved to your satisfaction, you may reopen it by replying to this email.

    Thank you for allowing us to be of service to you.

    Subject.
    Angora

    Response Via Email (Katie Pyle) 10/02/2014
    Hi Donna

    Thank you for your email about our George clothing range and the use of Angora wool.

    I’m sorry you’re upset to find this has been used by us. I understand why you’re so concerned and shocked following the PETA video you’ve recently seen.

    We’ve been working on conditions for Angora rabbits in China and we’ve taken advice from the RSPCA. We’ve also visited a farm in China that is linked to our supply base where no cruel practices or inhumane treatments are used on the rabbits. We carry out unannounced checks and visits to all of our suppliers to ensure our standards are kept.

    Whilst I appreciate there are no animal welfare laws in China, any animal product that we use must be fully sustainable and tractable to us or we will not allow it to be used in our products, which is why we work to the standards and guidelines given by the RSPCA.

    You can find all the RSPCA standards on their website: http://www.rspca.org.uk/home

    We work very closely with them to make sure animal welfare is priority and in doing so has enabled us to win three good bushiness rewards. This is a great achievement and an accolade to the work our George colleagues do to ensure we are fully committed in maintaining our ethical and welfare standards towards animals and animal product.

    I trust the information I’ve provided you with will go someway towards restoring your faith in us. If there’s anything else I can help you with, please let me or one of my colleagues know on 0800 952 0101. Thanks for letting me explain this.

    Kind regards

    Katie Pyle
    Asda Service Team

    Tel: 0800 952 0101

    Customer Via Email (Entered by Katie Pyle) 10/02/2014
    I and my large extended family have been faithful asda customers for the last 23 years however I will now no longer shop at your stores until you remove all angora products from your stock due to the barbaric way it is collected!!

    I hope as a very successful chain you take time to listen to your consumers as a lot of other major companies have on this matter!!

    I hope to return to your stores soon?

    Thank you
    Donna Smart

    © ASDA 2013

    Asda Stores Ltd, Registered in England No, 464677, Registered Office: Asda House, Southbank, Great Wilson Street, Leeds LS11 5AD

  • Natasha Furness commented on February 23, 2014 at 12:26 am

    I have just found a uk based company using angora wool, I find this deeply disturbing and completely unnecessary (celticandco.co.uk) wonder if peta could get in touch personally with celticandco about angora concerns. thank you for reading.

  • Helga commented on February 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    In the shops of Camaieu in France (don’t know if they have shops in other countries, but if so, must be the same in other countries) I have seen pullovers made of 100% angora coming from China.

    The website sells angora products: http://www.camaieu.fr/Acheter/angora.html

    Anything Peta can do about it?

    Dans les magasins de Camaieu en France j’ai vue des pulls fait avec 100% laine d’angora. Sur le site on vend des produits avec laine angora. Quelque chose qu’on peut faire chez Peta?

  • Julia commented on February 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Hi guys, do you know that Topshop has Angora in its new season collection?

    It’s labelled as ‘rabbit angora’

    Please, please don’t tell us that they have gotten around making a promise not to use angora by calling it something subtly different – that would be beyond sickening.

  • christine commented on March 8, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Hi guys
    can you all ask Matalan when they will be dropping angora too as they frequently sell it- I have emailed them with no response and have left a comment on their facebook page which they have not replied to either? Let me know if anyone has more luck than me getting them to respond! x

  • Sharon commented on March 14, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Hi, my sister and I were shopping in River Island yesterday and were appalled to find that they are still selling angora products !!!!! I thought they had made a pledge not to use this barbaric method of production ??? These company’s need to be taken to task!!! I have emailed the company and will not be purchasing from them until they have completely taken all angora out of production !!!

  • Pauline commented on March 31, 2014 at 7:47 am

    It pains me to know/hear that companies all over the world are still selling Angora wool! I’ll never forget when I first found out how this wool was made I think I cried for a couple of days?! I love my make up and fashion but not if its at the cost of something so beautiful and precious. I am trying to put Peta’s word out there as much as I can so hopefully in the next decade or so we wont have to worry about these barbaric issues!

  • Chynna commented on May 2, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I’m from Darwin Northern Territory and I saw this horrible process on how Angora fur is obtained I was horrified I have pressed this is be shared with as many people as I know. I was just wondering if PETA or anyone else know if any shops in Darwin or the Northern Territory is selling Angora fur?

    • Anne commented on May 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Hi Chynna, thanks for your message and for sharing the video! Our affiliate, PETA Australia, are the people to ask about your question – check out their page here: http://www.peta.org.au/

  • H calders commented on May 2, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I emailed Whitestuff and no response. Their knitwear contains angora. I tweeted them about a week later and silence. One customer lost. Animal cruelty diminished.

  • Cin commented on August 15, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I sent a message a couple of days ago to Monsoon about them selling garments containing angora fur and they replied:

    Thank you for your message regarding Angora.

    Please visit the link below to view our statement on Angora Wool:

    http://uk.monsoon.co.uk/discover/ethical-trading

    If there’s anything else we can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Many thanks,

    Monsoon

    —–

    I replied back commenting that, no mass production of anything is ethical thus impossible to keep any track, and they should stop selling fur all together or add a big label on the garment with a warning: ATTENTION: THIS GARMENT CONTAINS FUR FROM REAL ANIMALS, WHICH COMES FROM MASS PRODUCTION FACTORIES IN ASIA, in which they replied,

    Thank you for your message.

    We do fully appreciate your comments, however I am afraid this is our final statement on the matter.

    Many thanks

    Monsoon

    ——
    PLEASE BOYCOTT MONSOON AND ACCESSORIES
    Please spread the word on social media, make people aware of their greedy and cruelty.

    • Anne commented on August 18, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Great work! The more messages retailers such as Monsoon receive from customers, the more likely they are to commit to a compassionate policy, and having people contact stores is a huge help to our campaigns team when they meet with companies. Thank you so much for using your voice to help rabbits.

  • nicola commented on September 4, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Topshop stated after contacting them that the angora they are still selling is old stock ,however today on their website in their “new in” section they are selling an oversized jumper containing angora.It really is quite insulting and not very ethical.Consumers have the right to know what they are buying

  • Mary commented on September 15, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Topshop has broken its promise and is again selling products made from rabbit fur.

    http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?searchTerm=rabbit+hair&storeId=12556&productId=13505769&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

    Maybe time to boycott TopShop? Or at least protest outside their Oxford Circus Branch?

    • Dan commented on October 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Thanks for contacting PETA about our angora campaign. Earlier this year, Topshop committed to no longer purchase angora going forward however they took the decision to sell-through goods and yarn that had been purchased prior to this ban. Please know that PETA always asks retailers to remove all angora items from sale, and will continue to do so.

  • Ann Pearston commented on September 23, 2014 at 11:05 am

    As at September 2014, on the run-up to Christmas 2014, which retailers are still selling angora fibre products. Please give us a list PETA so that we can spread the word on social media before people start their Christmas shopping. For those continuing to reap profits from the torture of angora rabbits I think that only a negative impact on their bottom line will motivate thse (sub0human) people – shame on them. From Ann in Central Scotland.

  • amanda cambridge commented on September 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    M and s were selling socks enriched with Angora, don’t know if still r but will go in tomorrow and see. Know i know what to say to the manager

  • Lu commented on October 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Hi guys. Hello, Topshop are selling angora again this season?

    I realise your relationship with brands is important for campaigning and that it’s better to have these big names on side, but can you PLEASE at least remove Topshop from the list in this blog post, as they are absolutely selling it as new stock. Until you do this I won’t feel confident in trusting PETA on similar issues.

    • Dan commented on October 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Thanks for contacting PETA about our angora campaign. Earlier this year, Topshop committed to no longer purchase angora going forward however they took the decision to sell-through goods and yarn that had been purchased prior to this ban. Please know that PETA always asks retailers to remove all angora items from sale, and will continue to do so.

  • Joanne commented on October 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Don’t know why stores are selling this , it’s sick

  • Rebecca commented on October 3, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I do not believe that Topshop are looking to keep angora out of future products. I was just on their online store and saw their newly stocked winter coats with angora in them.

    What is even more shocking was that I had tried a coat on in store yesterday which said was 100% polyester, I then go on the webite, to remind myself of the price, to find that it said the coat I had tried on was 62% Acrylic, 18% Wool, 12% Angora, 8% Polyester. I shall be phoning them this afternoon to figure out why this has happened. I shall update you on their response.

  • D commented on October 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    To all those complaining about tk maxx …. Would just like to say they only stock brands and it is the brand themselves that are responsible for production of garments .tk max can refuse to buy angora garments , if they are made aware of the brands likely to stock them ( which I suspect is difficult ) . If I were an a girl stocking brand , and wanted to off load now unwanted angora , I suspect tk maxx is the place I would like yo buy them . And would I tell them the garments contained angora ??
    While I applaud the support given to this great cause , think we should be contacting all the brand design makers first , then asking the likes of tk maxx and other wholesalers to support .

  • Patrick commented on October 11, 2014 at 2:34 am

    I am astounded at the support for this cause, it restores my belief in humanity, i just wish that we could get this issue publicized on mainstream networks to raise the issue, because as long as this is restricted to forums the message isn’t reaching its full potential

  • ruth hemingway commented on October 23, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I tweeted White Stuff ‏re angora & received the following response. The link is to a page dated dec ’13 where they claim to have dropped it from all products. I notice a comment further up this page, from May ’14, where angora was observed in their knitwear. Does anyone know more about this? Are they now angora-free?

    @WhiteStuffUK 15h15 hours ago
    @nalina_arora @WendyJunonia477 @_AnimalAdvocate @united4wildlife Hi @kanga_roo77 we don’t use angora in our products http://bit.ly/ZIBw1W

  • ruth hemingway commented on October 23, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I tweeted M&S and received the following response. The link is to a page dated Dec ’13 where they state that they are completely dropping angora & it will not appear in any products from April ’14.

    M&S ‏@marksandspencer 13 hours ago
    @kanga_roo77 We’ve listened to feedback & have stopped all production of Angora. Please see our statement here > http://bit.ly/AngoraWool
    2:27 AM – 23 Oct 2014 · Details

  • izzy commented on October 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Mango are still selling items containing angora. These poor animals are suffering for a jumper containing 6% angora. Absolutely disgusting!

  • ruth hemingway commented on October 24, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I tweeted White Stuff back & pointed out that customers had seen angora in their products this year. I received the following response:

    White Stuff ‏@WhiteStuffUK 11 hours ago
    Hi @kanga_roo77 @Vaso_Zzz due to supply chain the change took effect as of AW14 and there is now no angora in our new collections…

    So presumably then, they are completely angora free as of now…!

  • Anne commented on October 30, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Yes, Topshop should be taken off the list of manufacturers who have stopped using angora. I picked up a jumper today which was 8% angora. Why even bother using it for all the difference it made to the feel of the garment?

  • Laura commented on November 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    #Topshop are still selling jumpers containing Angora, and when I have posted to their Facebook to ask why they have deleted my post within seconds. Where do you stand on this please?

  • celtic curl commented on November 25, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I feel sick. I pride myself on being well informed but I never realised angora was produced like this. I will never buy an angora product again.

  • sue hardy commented on November 27, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I’m horrified! I had no idea. I will not buy anything with angora again!

  • Lady commented on November 30, 2014 at 12:29 am

    When are all countries like China going to start treating all animals with the compassion and respect they deserve, this is an unacceptable level of abuse and cruelty and must be stopped, those rabbits are being treated appallingly, please help stop this cruel industry, and continue the campaign for animal welfare in the world, thankyou.

  • Tracie sturdy commented on December 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    The whole range (autumn 2014) of girls gloves in accessorize has angora content…..this doesn’t look like a commitment to take angora out of its products to me. Disgusting, I for one will not be shopping there again. The whole range but one!!! How could this be if they were really committed to removing it from their products???

  • Vicki commented on December 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Topshop advertised at the beginning of the year through the press that they have banned angora fur from their products. However they are still selling products containing this fur. I find it disgusting that almost a year later they have not yet managed to just stop using angora in their products. In most products the angora fur is only a small percentage of the make up of them, what is the point in using it?! I think it is misleading to have them on the above list at all as they are clearly in no rush to fulfil their promise.

  • Pam mckay commented on December 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Jumper returned today TOPSHOP describes it as luxe faux fur yet closer inspection reveals 14% ANGORA????

  • Heather Hird commented on December 29, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I will never support shops that accept animal cruelty.Top shop are turning a blind eye to abuse, what an ugly shop, shame on them. Even if they stopped, I will never go there, they had plenty of time to change their ways, those poor bunnies, it’s too heart breaking.

  • Holly l commented on January 15, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Do boden still use angora? Just saw a secondhand item which had angora in and was curious if they still do? Since learning about it here I would never buy it.

  • mark commented on January 18, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    best thing is to let public know wht they are buying and what cruelty is done for garments’ even name and shame to whatever shops are guilty stand up for cruelty free and humane ways

    • Maria commented on January 24, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      Benetton had angora in their winter collection, so did White Stuff who did not even answer my email when I expressed my concerns;
      TK Maxx still have the occasional item containing angora- I wrote to them last year, they said they’d remove all angora products; they have not-I wrote again after seeing gloves and FEVER cardigans containing angora this winter.
      Apparently our writings here are not noted by the shops above;
      we have to inform the public by standing in front of these shops and telling people angora is sold there

  • marie-france guilhauna commented on January 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

    MY GOD
    I PRAY FOR ENDING ALL KIND OF FUR INDUSTRY AROUND THE WORLD,,,,,PLEASE GOS HELP ORGANISMS TO FIGHT AND WN AGAINST ALL THOSE EVILS,,PLEASE GOD COME AMD HELP YOUR DEFENSLESS BABIES…SEND A OUNISHMENT OH GOD TO ALL WHO HURT TORTURE ANF KILL POOR INNOCENT VICTIMS,,,,,CLOSE LABS,STOP HUNTING SPORTS,PLEASE HELP GOD<

    PLEASE

    AMEN
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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