( Animal cruelty is a serious offence and we don’t support it).
1) What is angora?
Angoras are a variety of the old world domestic rabbit ORUCTOLAGUS CUNICULUS with a distinct characteristic of ACTIVE PHASE OF HAIR GROWTH. There are 3 types of angoras that are reared
German angoras: their fur needs to be clipped in every 3-4 months, as they have a constantly growing coat.
English angoras: they have a natural moult cycle every 3-4 months and their loose fibres are either plucked or combed or stripped from the rabbit.
French angoras: they have a natural moult cycle every 3-4 months and their loose fibres are either plucked or combed or stripped from the rabbit.
2) What is the angora fibre?
The silky white hair of the angora rabbit is a hollow fibre, classed as wool, with a diameter of 14-16 microns. The hairs are light, absorb water well, are easily dyed and are known for excellent thermal insulation, therefore making the fabric soft, light weighed and warm.
3) Harvesting the fur…Is it cruel? Is it toture? Is it painful?
“ Harvesting does not harm the rabbits, and they will lie stretched on the lap or a table as they are being plucked or clipped.”
Like any other wool producing animal, the well being of the rabbit is equally important, so they are well cared for. The harvesting process depends on the breed of the rabbit as stated earlier, and the process depends on the breed of the rabbit being reared.
‘Plucking’ would be cruel for the German angoras and clipping would leave the French and English angoras with matted coat, causing serious problems to the rabbit.
4) What do we do when these wool producing rabbits stop giving the required quality and quantity of wool?
For us, our rabbits are more than just wool producing animals or business giving animals. They too have fun sides, they too love attention, play and would love to be cared for and who doesn’t? These rabbits breathe their last at the farm, and are cared for and loved in the way a pet would....