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China produces 85% of the fur on the planet, yet the country has no animal welfare laws in place to protect animals. Accordingly, fur-bearing animals in China endure some of the cruellest and most savage practices known to be committed against defenceless beings. The shocking cruelty is hidden from consumers, therefore most of which are oblivious of the unimaginable suffering and torment that goes into producing a fur item.
The Swiss Animal Protection Agency's investigators found shocking footage from an investigation into the Chinese dog and cat fur industry which revealed the slaughter of millions of dogs and cats: Bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and strangled with wire nooses so that their fur can be turned into trim and trinkets. Their fur is often mislabeled as that of other animals and exported into the U.S, the European Union, and other countries, where it may be sold to unsuspecting customers.
BEWARE OF FALSE LABELS: Dog and cat fur is often falsely labeled to obscure the true source of the fur. Dog fur products have been sold as Gae-wolf, Asian wolf, Asiatic raccoon, China wolf, Corsac fox, Goupee, Pommern wolf, Loup d'Asie, Asian jackal, Dogue de Chine, Sobakigae-wolf, Mongolian dog fur, and Asiatic racoon, Mountain Goat skin, Sakon Makhon lamb, Kou pi, Dog skin plasters (sold in Chinatowns as a cure for rheumatism). Cat fur has been sold as Housecat, Wild cat, Katzenfelle, Goyangi, Mountain cat, rabbit, maopee, gatto cinesi, natuerliches mittel,and chat de Chine. Fur manufacturers in China told HSUS investigators they could sew any label they asked for onto dog and cat fur products to make them more marketable.
Since 1997, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has investigated and documented the international trade in dog and cat fur and skins. This undercover investigation has spanned the globe from source countries in China, the Philippines, & Thailand to retailers and wholesalers in the United States, Russia, and the European Union.
Over two million dogs and cats are slaughtered each year for their furs and skins, mostly in China and other Asian countries. Investigators documented 50,000 to 100,000 cat pelts stockpiled at animal byproduct factories in China. At least ten dogs are slaughtered to make a single coat, more if puppies are used. Up to 24 cats are slaughtered to make one fur coat. Dog and cat fur is used in trims, linings, hats, decorative figurines, and folk remedies. Skins are used in dog chew toys and shoe leather.
The slaughter of these animals is violent and pitiless.Cats are strangled inside their cages as other cats look on. Dogs are noosed about the neck by metal wires, and then slashed across the groin. The wire noose cuts into their throats as they struggle in pain before finally losing consciousness. In Harbin China, HSUS investigators documented a German shepherd still blinking and conscious as he was being skinned. At a dog farm several hours north of Harbin, investigators documented dead dogs hanging from hooks as others, still alive, awaited their fate outside the same cold, dismal room.
An investigator from Swiss Animals Protection/East International said:"Conditions on Chinese fur farms make a mockery of the most elementary animal welfare standards...In their lives and their unspeakable deaths, these animals have been denied even the simplest acts of kindness."
FUR ANIMALS SUFFER TERRIBLY REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY ARE RAISED: China does not have the monopoly on fur farms' house of horrors. Several investigations made in US fur farms have revealed the same lack of compassion found in their Chinese counterparts; animals living in inhumane conditions and suffering equal mistreatment before being brutally slaughtered. Recent investigations carried out in Scandinavian countries that pride themselves for their "ethical" fur farms have revealed that there is nothing ethical about them. Photographic and video evidence of animals living under horrific conditions are available for anyone to see, the images speaking a thousand words. The mistreatment of fur animals is a global sin. Two recent investigations made in fur farms in Poland revealed that their mistreatment of fur animals was beyond comprehension. Below, you can find further information.
A LIFE OF MISERY BEFORE THEIR BRUTAL DEATH: Fur-bearing animals are killed by gassing, neck breaking, anal electrocution, clubbing, trapping and injection with poisons so as to not damage their pelts. Whether they are raised on fur farms or trapped and killed by trappers in the wild, these animals suffer brutal existences. On ranches, they spend their entire lives in tiny, filthy cages, with many becoming deranged, until ultimately meeting a merciless death. The U.S. produces about 10% of the cage-raised fur in the world; 60 to 75% of the fur in coats sold in the U.S. comes from cage-raised animals, and 90% of cage-raised foxes are used in fur-trim. (HSUS 2004). Trapping is another incredibly cruel method used on fur bearing animals. More >>>: Bloodsports in the US; Bancrueltraps &
The videos below are only examples of what fur farms are like worldwide. The extreme cruelty inflicted on fur bearing animals are not specific to any country, it is a generalized, inhumane exploitation.
1) VIDEO: FUN FUR? CHINESE FUR FARM INVESTIGATION" - This 14 minute video is about an undercover investigation by the Swiss Animal Protection Agency, revealing hideous cruelty to cats, dogs and other fur bearing animals in Chinese fur farms. Very graphic!!!
2) VIDEO: "THE REAL FASHION VICTIMS: An investigation in a rabbits fur farm in Portugal, a 9-minute video, the result of an undercover investigation by "ANIMAL, Portugal's animal rights organization.. This is a ground breaking project because until then, prevailed the lies that rabbits were simply a by-product of meat, but it was proved that rabbits are raised specifically for fur.
3) UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION ON A FUR FARM IN ILLINOIS: Since then there has not been any investigation on US fur farms, but it does not imply that the cruel exploitation has not stopped. It is just that unlike fur farms in Scandinavian countries, for example, NO one can come even closer to a fur farm in the US to look at lest he/she is arrested.