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This PETA Asia investigation shows the cruelty behind the angora wool industry. TJX and T.J.Maxx support this. Do you?
Rabbits are social animals with gentle natures and individual personalities. In nature, they live underground in extensive, complex burrows. But in the angora industry, every three months workers violently rip fur out of rabbits' sensitive skin while they scream in pain and terror. The feet of the rabbits who are sheared are tightly tethered, and the animals are suspended in the air or stretched across boards. The sharp cutting tools inevitably wound them as they struggle desperately to escape. After years of this repeated abuse, their throats are often slit.
TJX Companies, Inc., is well aware of this cruelty, yet it continues to sell angora in its U.S. and Canadian stores—including T.J.Maxx, HomeSense, Sierra Trading Post, and Winners—even as hundreds of other retailers have stopped.
And it's not only angora rabbits who are suffering for the products sold by TJX.
TJX's Winners stores in Canada also sell items trimmed with fur. On fur farms, minks, foxes, rabbits, and even dogs and cats often spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy wire cages—and many go insane from the stress of confinement. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gassing, and poisoning. Animals trapped in nature fare no better and can suffer for days from blood loss, dehydration, and injuries sustained in attacks by predators before being shot, bludgeoned, or killed in some other violent way when the trapper returns.
Nearly 430 major retailers around the world have dropped angora because its production is so unethical, and hundreds of designers and retailers around the world have already ditched fur. Using animals for their skin or fur is a form of speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview, but all sentient beings deserve to be treated with respect and compassion. Please help animals suffering right now by urging TJX to stop supporting the cruel fur and angora industries.