SA Mohair industry (world’s largest) face extinction after Peta video/global ban

It’s been edited to suit their own cause… To say that that is the way animals are treated is incorrect…

Deon Saayman, Mohair South Africa

I watched half of it and I felt nauseous… a total misrepresentation… it’s unacceptable and needs to be condemned…

Gay van Hasselt, Angora farmer

For prey animals… being restrained is terrifying… is there an ethical way to farm Angora goats?

Belinda Abraham, Cape Of Good Hope SPCA

A mohair ban by 70 clothing retailers worldwide is threatening the survival of South Africa’s mohair industry.

The industry is worth R1.5 billion.

South Africa is the world’s biggest producer of the fibre.

The ban follows the release of a viral video (scroll down to watch it - NOT for sensitive viewers), produced by US-based animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) from 12 Angora goat farms in the Karoo.

It shows goats being dragged by the legs or horns, serious injuries sustained from shearing and a worker decapitating a goat.

Mohair South Africa says the Peta video “totally” misrepresents the industry.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Deon Saayman (MD at Mohair South Africa), Gay van Hasselt (Angora farmer, Prince Albert) and Belinda Abraham (Cape Of Good Hope SPCA).

Listen to the interviews in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

Audits have to happen… Maybe the time has come… to match DNA to producers… to know where it comes from…

Gay van Hasselt, Angora farmer

I’ve briefed the farmers, shown them the video… explaining that they run the risk of not being able to sell their fibre, if they don’t conform…

Gay van Hasselt, Angora farmer

It’s not difficult to regulate… farmers have to take responsibility… I personally… sit a metre away from them when they’re shorn…

Gay van Hasselt, Angora farmer

When you see that beautiful jersey… read the label…

Belinda Abraham, Cape Of Good Hope SPCA

We haven’t yet [taken action]… We don’t have Angora farms in the Western Cape…

Belinda Abraham, Cape Of Good Hope SPCA

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