Inditex, the world’s largest fashion retailer which owns Zara amongst other stores, has announced it has banned production of angora.
The move comes amid increasing pressure on retailers from animal rights organisations to cease selling the animal product which is produced by rabbits.
Inditex brands including Zara and Massimo Dutti will now join the likes of Topshop, Marks and Spencer and Primark who have all banned the fabric from their rails.
In a statement the Spanish company Inditex said:
“We found no evidence of cruel practices at the angora farms of our suppliers. But after consultation with animal welfare organisations to help develop better standards within the industry we decided that banning angora production was the right decision”.
The move will further strengthen the company’s policy on animal welfare which already includes a ban on fur and commitment to responsible production standards for products with animal origins.
The company also announced that any current stock of the material it is holding will be donated to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Peta described the announcement as “a massive victory for animals.”