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LONDON – Japanese apparel retailer Uniqlo has become the latest brand to ban alpaca wool from its clothing following a Peta exposé on an alpaca farm in Peru. Uniqlo joins Marks & Spencer and Esprit in banning alpaca fibre. Gap Inc (which owns Banana Republic, Athleta, and other brands) and H&M Group (which owns eight brands) have cut ties with Mallkini’s parent company, the Michell Group, as a first step. Uniqlo previously banned mohair after talks with Peta US.

The Peta US investigation into the world’s largest privately owned alpaca farm in Peru, Mallkini, shows workers roughly manhandling alpacas, although Peta’s descriptions accompanying the videos are somewhat sensationalised even by the standards of the direct action group.

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