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JOHANNESBURG-- Industry body Mohair South Africa says it will conduct its own investigations into allegations by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), a United States-based animal right organization, 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 from South Africa by the end of 2019. South Africa is the biggest producer of mohair, accounting for more than 50 percent of the world's mohair supplies.

The industry in this country supports about 30 000 direct and indirect jobs. The investigation by Peta was allegedly conducted on 12 farms.

Mohair South Africa General Manager Deon Saayman says they will conduct their own investigations. Once that full investigation has been complete and we can verify with a third party what the outcomes are, we will take further action," he said Wednesday.

"I think what people must realise is that 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 who 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.


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