PETA is calling on fashion designer Ivanka Trump to stop wearing and working with real fur following a daring new PETA Asia exposé deep inside the rabbit-fur industry in China, the world’s largest fur exporter.
Trump sells hats with pompoms made of fur from rabbits killed in China, and on Tuesday, she received a letter from PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—revealing how slaughterhouse workers leave rabbits to struggle and thrash wildly after hitting them on the head with the back of a knife, hanging them upside-down, and slitting their throats. Almost all the rabbits are still kicking and twitching as their throats are slit, and some are skinned alive.
“We were so disappointed (and surprised) to see that you are selling hats with pompoms on them made of real rabbit fur from China. We were especially shocked given that most of the fur you use in your collections is faux,” writes PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Please, do the right thing without delay, and join the long list of beautiful brands—including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Inditex, Ann Inc., Ralph Lauren, H&M, and dozens more—that have all rejected fur.”