Mohair South Africa says they will conduct their own investigations into the allegations by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), about ill-treatment of angora goats which produce mohair.
The expose by Peta has resulted in more than 70 clothing companies threatening to stop using mohair by the end of 2019.
South Africa is currently the biggest producer of mohair, sourcing more than 50% of the world’s mohair.
The industry produces about 30 000 direct and indirect jobs. The investigation by Peta was allegedly conducted on 12 farms.
Mohair SA General Manager, Deon Saayman says they’ll conduct their own investigations.
“Once that full investigation has been complete and we can verify with a third party what outcomes are, we will take further action. I think what people must realise is since 2009, we have implemented the sustainable guidelines which we are proud of. There are outlets of spinners across the world who are dedicated to mohair, spinners they know what the fibre is and what the industry in South Africa is about – they will definitely step in and definitely defend and keep on using mohair.”