Thursday, 11 September 2008
Animal Welfare: Stop the Chinese fur trade
Every year, millions of cats, dogs, rabbits, minks, foxes, and hamsters are tortured and killed for their fur.
This summer, with the world's eyes focused on China during the Olympics, PETA is exposing the horrors that take place on Chinese fur farms. This is a historic opportunity to speak out against the global fur trade and influence consumers worldwide. But to seize this moment, they urgently need your help.
PETA Germany recently conducted an undercover investigation into the Chinese dog and cat fur trade to show you what the industry is so desperate to hide. Even these veteran investigators were horrified at what they found: Millions of dogs and cats in China are bludgeoned, hanged, strangled with wire nooses and bled to death so that their fur can be turned into trim and trinkets. This fur is often deliberately mislabelled as fur from other species and is exported to destinations around the world, including the UK and the rest of Europe, to be sold to unsuspecting customers. The bottom line is that because dog and cat fur is so often mislabelled, if you’re buying fur, there’s no way to tell whose skin you’re wearing.
PETA Germany went into an animal market in southern China and found visibly exhausted dogs and cats who were languishing in tiny cages. Some had been on the road for days, transported in flimsy wire-mesh cages with no food or water. Twenty cats were crowded into a single cage. The investigators saw the results of the cross-country transport in such deplorable conditions – dead cats on top of the cages, dying cats and dogs inside the cages and animals with open wounds. Some animals were lethargic or frightened, and others were fighting with each other, driven insane from confinement and exposure to the elements.
Up to 800 animals are loaded onto each lorry in cages that are stacked one on top of the other. Cages containing live animals are commonly tossed from the tops of the lorries onto the ground 10 feet below, shattering the legs of the animals inside them. Many of the animals the investigators saw were still wearing collars, a sign that they were beloved companions who were stolen to be made into fur coats.
'After watching an undercover video showing racoon dogs being routinely skinned alive, and another of a terrified Alsation dog (with sound) as they cut the fur from its body with a knife) as a normal way of harvesting fur I was so horrified by what I learnt is a regular practice used in the production process of fur textiles it prompted me to look into how other animals throughout the textile/materials chain were treated, and so Harlands ethical policy came into being - I realised that as a consumer I can make the difference and I knew that if I wanted ethically sourced textiles myself so would other people.'
I strongly encourage you to support PETA in this campaign and help save countless animals suffering a most horrific fate.' - Lisa Harland