FASHION giant Zara has hit back at activists who have accused it of being cruel to animals by selling picture frames made from animal horns.
The retailer said the animal horns had been ethically sourced and it had adhered to strict animal welfare guidelines. It said the frames had come from animals already due to be slaughtered for their meat and therefore met welfare guidelines.
Activists targeted the chain claiming the frames “come from animals who died in terror at the abattoir or whose brains were blasted out by a hunter.”
But Zara said the claims were wrong and defended its right to sell the product made from imported cow horn.
A Zara spokeswoman said: “Our animal welfare policy states that animal products must come from animals that have been treated ethically and responsibly, based on the internationally accepted Five Freedoms for animal welfare. Animal products from slaughtered animals must come from species reared in farms to obtain meat.”
“We will never use products from animals slaughtered exclusively for their skin, shell, horn, bone, feather or down. We will never sell cosmetic products that have been tested on animals at any stage of production, or that contain ingredients of animal origin.”
Available at Zara Home, the homeware arm of the fashion retailer, the £12.99 frames are made from 70 percent “natural horn pieces” and are likely to have been produced from imported cow horn.
Elisa Allen, director of PETA UK, said society was “moving away from using animals as fabric and decorations. Cows, deer, and buffaloes grow a single set of horns to last their entire life, meaning that the horns used to produce bowls, cups, or picture frames come from animals who died in terror at the abattoir or whose brains were blasted out by a hunter.”