The Royal Collection Trust Ditches Mohair After Vegan Exposé

The Trust has removed a mohair item from its collection and has confirmed it will be sourcing alternative materials for future products
Investigation of South Africa's mohair industry
Footage from the investigation (Photo: PETA)

The Royal Collection Trust has pledged to ditch mohair after seeing an exposé of the industry by vegan charity PETA.

According to the charity, it contacted The Prince of Wales, requesting the removal of mohair from its collection. Following the appeal, the Trust said: "Royal Collection Trust shops are no longer selling teddy bears or any other items that have been manufactured from mohair. … [W]e will explore alternative sources for future products."

The Royal Collection Trust joins hundreds of retailers that have agreed to end the use of mohair in their products, including Aquascutum, The White Company, and Marks & Spencer – that have agreed to end the use of mohair in their products.

PETA's mohair exposé

Mohair

PETA's investigation featured footage from the mohair industry in South Africa, the source of more than 50 percent of the world's mohair. Footage showed angora goats being roughly sheared, with gaping wounds sewn shut without anesthetic. It also showed the animals being killed by beheading with a dull knife.

"The Royal Collection Trust's decision to stop selling mohair is a tremendous act of kindness towards gentle goats," PETA Director of Corporate Projects, Yvonne Taylor, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

"No children's toy should be made with the hair of goat kids, who are left bloody and terrified after they're held down and shorn. PETA urges all shoppers to read labels carefully to ensure that their purchases don't support cruelty to animals."

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