Breaking PETA Exposé Reveals Cruelty in Your Cashmere Sweater
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
June 2019

Nearly all cashmere is produced in China and Mongolia, so if you buy a cashmere item, it probably came from goats who were abused in one of those countries. One goat produces, on average, only 8.5 ounces of hair per year. This is so little that in order to produce just one cashmere jacket, the hair of six goats is required.

cashmere goat slaughter

A new PETA exposé into the cashmere industry in China and Mongolia—the world’s top cashmere exporters—reveals extreme cruelty to and violent killing of cashmere goats.

The video exposé shows goats screaming in pain and fear as workers tear their hair out. Later, their throats are slit in slaughterhouses and they’re left to die in agony. Goats suffered on every farm in China and Mongolia visited by the eyewitnesses.

Workers Stepped on Terrified Goats and Twisted Their Limbs

Eyewitnesses saw workers hold down and step on frightened goats, bending their legs into unnatural positions as they tore out their hair using sharp metal combs.

No Veterinary Care Provided

Goats left with bloody cuts from the hair-removal process received no pain relief or veterinary care. One worker simply poured rice wine into an animal’s wound.

Goats Hit With Hammers and Killed When No Longer Profitable

Cashmere goats deemed no longer profitable endure slow, agonizing deaths. At a slaughterhouse in China, eyewitnesses saw workers hit animals in the head with a hammer in an attempt to stun them. In Mongolia, workers were seen dragging goats by one leg onto the slaughterhouse floor before slitting their throats in full view of other goats. They were left to bleed out on the filthy kill floor, and some were seen still moving a full two minutes later.
Their flesh is then sold as cheap meat.

cashmere goat slaughter

cashmere goat slaughter

Ninety Percent of All Cashmere Comes From China and Mongolia

Nearly all cashmere is produced in China and Mongolia, so if you buy a cashmere item, it probably came from goats who were abused in one of those countries.
One goat produces, on average, only 8.5 ounces of hair per year. This is so little that in order to produce just one cashmere jacket, the hair of six goats is required.
China has no penalties for abusing animals on cashmere farms, and the situation in Mongolia appears to be much the same. The best way to help these goats is to refuse to support this cruel industry—by never buying anything made of cashmere.
No matter where it comes from or what assurances companies give, cashmere is a product of cruelty to goats, which is rampant in the industry. And when they stop being profitable, the goats are slaughtered.

Devastating to the Environment

Cashmere also has the most destructive environmental impact of any animal-derived fiber—roughly 100 times as destructive as that of wool! Because cashmere goats must consume 10 percent of their bodyweight in food each day and they eat the roots of grasses, which prevents regrowth, the industry is a significant contributor to soil degradation followed by desertification.
Already, 65 percent of Mongolia’s grasslands are degraded, and 90 percent of Mongolia is in danger of desertification, which has led to some of the world’s worst dust storms on record and air pollution dense enough to reach North America.

What You Can Do

H&M—the second-largest clothing retailer in the world—has agreed to ban “conventional” cashmere (the only kind that it sells) as a result of this investigation. ASOS previously banned cashmere following discussions with PETA UK and has taken the final step of removing all remaining cashmere stock from its website, leaving goats’ hair where it belongs: on the goats. Please help us urge women’s apparel brand Madewell to ban it, too.


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