ANIMAL CRUELTY:

21st CENTURY
W a r n i n g
 
The video below is extremely disturbing and shows in graphic detail the horrors that take
place within a Chinese fur farm.  You are advised to read the accompanying article below
before you decide to play the video.
 
(Video and text courtesy of the PETA website)
 

 
 
Skinned Alive
When undercover investigators made their way onto Chinese fur farms, they found that many animals are still alive and struggling desperately when workers flip them onto their backs or hang them up by their legs or tails
to skin them. When workers on these farms begin to cut the skin and fur from an animal's leg, the free limbs
kick and writhe.  Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggle too hard to allow a clean cut.

When the fur is finally peeled off over the animals' heads, their naked, bloody bodies are thrown onto a pile of those who have gone
before them. Some are still alive, breathing in ragged gasps and blinking slowly.  Some
of the animals' hearts are still beating five to 10 minutes after they are skinned. One investigator recorded a skinned raccoon dog on the heap of carcasses who had enough strength to lift his bloodied head and stare
into the camera.
 
Before they are skinned alive, animals are pulled from their cages and thrown to the ground; workers
bludgeon them with metal rods or slam them on hard surfaces, causing broken bones and convulsions but
not always immediate death.  Animals watch helplessly as workers make their way down the row.

Background
Undercover investigators from Swiss Animal Protection/EAST International toured fur farms in China's
Hebei Province, and it quickly became clear why outsiders are banned from visiting.  There are no
regulations governing fur farms in China - farmers can house and slaughter animals however they see fit.
The investigators found horrors beyond their worst imaginings and concluded:

"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."

Living Hell
On these farms, foxes, minks, rabbits, and other animals pace and shiver in outdoor wire cages, exposed to driving rain, freezing nights, and, at other times, scorching sun.  Mother animals, who are driven crazy from
rough handling and intense confinement and have nowhere to hide while giving birth, often kill their babies after delivering litters.

The globalization of the fur trade has made it impossible to know where fur products come from.  China
supplies more than half of the finished fur garments imported for sale in the United States alone. Even if a
fur garment's label says it was made in a European country, the animals were likely raised and slaughtered elsewhere - possibly on an unregulated Chinese fur farm.

The only way to prevent such unimaginable cruelty is never to wear any fur....