Landmark Cruelty Charges in First-Ever Mohair-Industry Exposé

For Immediate Release:

16 August 2018


Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7923 6244; [email protected]


Police Now Investigating Farmers, Shearers, and Other Workers After PETA Exposé Let Public See Mutilation, Severe Suffering, and Killing of Goats

London – Following a PETA video exposé, the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has filed cruelty-to-animals charges against four angora goat farmers. The South African Police Service must now investigate the farmers – along with shearers and other farm workers – and will then submit the case to the national prosecutor.

PETA US provided the NSPCA with video footage of workers dragging goats by the horns and legs and lifting them off the floor by the tail. One worker could be seen slowly cutting the throats of fully conscious goats with a dull knife and then breaking their necks, hacking off one animal’s head. Each of the alleged violations of South Africa’s Animals Protection Act, 1962, is punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a fine of R4,000.

“For the first time, charges have been filed against mohair-industry workers for cruelly handling and slowly killing panicked goats,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “PETA is calling on shoppers worldwide to reject cruelty to animals, and that includes never buying mohair, fleece, or fur.”

The exposé from PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – involved going inside 12 farms earlier this year. It revealed that goat kids cried out in fear and desperation as they were roughly handled and shorn. Shearers – who are paid by volume, not by the hour – left the animals cut up and bleeding, and workers roughly stitched them up without giving them any pain relief. Some goats were hauled to an abattoir, where they would be electrically shocked, hung upside down, and slashed across the throat.

Nearly 300 major retailers worldwide banned mohair in response to PETA’s video exposé of the industry. These companies include Gap, H&M, Topshop, Marks & Spencer, Inditex, Primark, Anthropologie, Esprit, and ASOS, among others.

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