For immediate release:
July 6, 2021
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Vancouver “When will Aritzia begin to show respect for its consumer base, stop hiding behind ineffective standards and ban the sale of animal materials, starting with mohair and alpaca?” This is the question that a spokesperson for PETA, which acquired shares in a Vancouver-based fashion company last year during the COVID-19 market downturn, will ask in a virtual meeting tomorrow.
“When good customers see an alpaca sweater or mohair scarf on a hanger, they imagine alpacas and goats being slaughtered and slaughtered,” says PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages Aritzia to provide its progressive customers with what they want: collections free from mohair and alpaca wool.”
Retailers like Aritzia are hiding behind standards that do not protect animals from suffering, as evidenced by PETA’s revelations about so-called “sustainable” and “responsible” farms. The exposure of this alpaca industry group showed workers hitting, kicking, tying and maiming pregnant alpacas, and PETA Asia’s investigation of the mohair industry showed workers dragging, throwing, mutilating and even cutting the throats of fully conscious goats.
Arittia banned fur and angora. Countless other brands have banned mohair and alpaca fleece.
PETA – whose motto is in part that “the animals are not ours” – opposes arrogance, a worldview focused on human excellence. For more information please visit PETA.org or subscribe to the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram…