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Global brands ban angora wool after PETA investigation

NEW YORK – American clothing company PVH Corp. -- the parent company of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, ARROW, Van Heusen, and other brands -- say they will discontinue the use of angora wool in its products.

The move by PVH follows the release of last month's graphic video of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' investigation into angora farms in China 

In the video, Angora rabbits can be heard screaming as farmers rip out their wool until the animals are bald. The rabbits are then thrown back into their cages and appear to be stunned and in shock.

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CBS News reached out to PVH and received the following statement: "We take environmental, human rights, community and related matters seriously and continuously evaluate our sourcing practices to ensure our products are produced responsibly and ethically. We have recently made the decision to discontinue the use of angora in our products unless and until we can confirm that the angora fibers have been humanely obtained." 

PETA says about 90 percent of the world's angora comes from China, making it the largest producer.

Angora is a soft fiber used in sweaters and other knitwear.

"By pulling all angora products from its international websites and shelves, PVH has done the right thing for animals and consumers," PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman says in a statement.

PETA also says H&M, Topshop, Esprit, and others have halted production of angora products. 

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