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Friday, October 14, 2005

China's Shocking Dog and Cat Fur Trade



Note: The contents of this entry are disturbing. Readers with weaker constitutions may choose to skip this.


Dogs killed for their fur, which is often mislabeled before being sent to other countries for sale as trim on jackets.

Not a PETA supporter here, but this is another one of their remarkable exposé videos:


"Man's best friend" killed for fur? No, it's not just a bad dream. PETA 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 our veteran investigators were horrified at what they found: Millions of dogs and cats in China are being bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and strangled with wire nooses so that their fur can be turned into trim and trinkets. This fur is often deliberately mislabeled as fur from other species and is exported to the United States to be sold to unsuspecting customers in retail stores.

All of J.Crew's fur is imported from China, which means that shopping there potentially supports the hideously cruel dog and cat fur industry. PETA has pleaded to meet with J.Crew CEO Millard Drexler, begging him to consider the plight of animals being tortured and killed in unthinkable ways overseas; yet our pleas, and the animals' cries, have met with silence and inaction. The bottom line is, because dog and cat fur is so often mislabeled, if you're buying fur from J.Crew or from any other retailer, there's no way to tell whose skin you're wearing.

Inside a Chinese Animal Market

PETA went into an animal market in Southern China and found cats and dogs languishing in tiny cages, visibly exhausted. Some had been on the road for days, transported in flimsy wire-mesh cages with no food or water. Twenty cats were forced into a single cage. Because of the cross-country transport in such deplorable conditions, our investigators saw dead cats on top of the cages, dying cats and dogs inside the cages, and dogs and cats with open wounds. Some animals were lethargic or frightened, and others were fighting with each other, driven insane from confinement and exposure.

Up to 8,000 animals are loaded onto each truck, with cages stacked one on top of the other. Cages containing live animals are commonly tossed from the top of the trucks onto the ground 10 feet below, shattering the legs of the animals inside them. Many of the animals we saw still had collars on, a sign that they were someone's beloved companions, stolen to be made into fur coats.






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Dog being skinned alive.

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