When PETA Asia in 2016 released its undercover video footage showing how workers violently rip the fur of angora rabbits’ bodies, more than 220 brands and designer banned Angora wool.
The Angora is a variety of the Old World domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) with a special characteristic: the active phase of hair growth is double that of normal rabbits. The Angora is intensively farmed in hutches, often in semi-darkness, and its hair is removed usually every three months. An adult Angora produces up to 1.5 kg of fibre per year.
The silky white hair of the Angora is a hollow fibre classed as wool. With a diameter of 14-16 microns, it is one of the silkest animal fibres. Angora wool is very soft to the touch, thanks to the low relief of its cuticle scales. The hairs are light, absorb water well and are easily dyed. Premium wool is taken from the back and upper sides of the rabbit.
Annual production of Angora is estimated at 2 500 to 3 000 tonnes a year, with about 90% of the the supply produced in China.
Source: FAO 2009