SA’s mohair industry has beat expectations and continues to show solid growth, despite recent criticism from a global animal rights group. A secretly filmed video by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) Asia has rocked the Port Elizabeth-headquartered industry, along with major international fashion brands, after the footage surfaced at the beginning of May. Industry body, Walmer-based Mohair SA has shifted into high gear to address the video, which alleges the mistreatment of Angora goats on up to 12 South African mohair-producing farms. However, the organisation, which oversees more than half of global mohair production, revealed this week that it had identified two farms where mistreatment of animals potentially occurred and that both producers were undergoing inspections and an audit, which were expected to have been completed by Thursday. The two farms were identified after an assessment of the Peta video and are located in either the Eastern or the Western Cape w...

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