South Africe: Exposed – The Terrible Suffering of Goats.

As first reported by The Washington Post, a disturbing PETA Asia investigation—the first of its kind—reveals that workers dragged, roughly handled, threw around, mutilated, and even cut the throats of fully conscious goats, some of whom cried out, in South Africa, the world’s top mohair producer. This groundbreaking footage highlights just some of the abuse documented on all 12 of the angora goat farms the eyewitness visited.

After talks with PETA, Arcadia Group has stopped placing orders for mohair products across its eight brands, which include Topshop. Gap Inc. has also agreed to stop placing orders containing mohair, including for its Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Athleta brands. And Inditex, one of the world’s largest clothing retailers and owner of Zara, will ban mohair from its seven apparel brands by 2020. The H&M group—including its eight brands—has decided that it will no longer source mohair, effective immediately. After hearing from thousands of compassionate shoppers like you, Anthropologie announced that as of March 2019, it “will not buy or produce products containing mohair.” And Express, Inc., announced that it has “[no current or] future plans to include mohair in our assortment.”

Shearing is extremely stressful to goats, who are prey animals and therefore terrified of being pinned down, vulnerable, and completely defenseless. Goat kids, who were being shorn for the first time, cried out in fear.

Some shearers lifted the goats up off the floor by the tail, likely breaking it at the spine. When one goat struggled, the shearer sat on her. After shearing, workers threw the animals across the wooden floor and hauled them around by their legs.

 

The coats of some of the goats were matted with feces. To clean off the mohair before shearing, one farmer dumped rams into tanks of cleaning solution and shoved their heads underwater, which he admitted would poison them if they swallowed it.

Shearers are paid by volume, not by the hour, which motivates them to work quickly and carelessly, leaving the goats cut up and bleeding from the face and ears. They cut off swaths of skin and, according to farmers, even teats. As workers crudely stitched them up right on the filthy shearing floor, they were given no pain relief whatsoever.

Many goats were subjected to mutilation of their ears with pliers that punched sharp needles through them, causing them intense pain and, as one farmer described it, to “scream terribly.” Another farmer said his goats “shout and roll around” when castrated without anesthetics because “it’s bloody painful.”

Still another farmer said, “We … just cut … off” a goat’s ear if it is believed to be cancerous. Yet another used a knife to cut into a goat’s torso—apparently without any pain relief—to try to drain what she called an “abscess.”

https://investigations.peta.org/goat-mohair-expose/?utm_source=PETA::E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News&utm_campaign=0518::skn::PETA::E-Mail::Baby%20Goats%20Cried%20Out%20in%20Fear::::peta%20e-news&ea.url.id=75658&forwarded=true

 

 

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