Saturday, November 28, 2009


A few days ago Mary – a regular reader of this blog – sent me an email with a video and these comments:

“It is unbearable to watch and who in their right mind would actually desire to see such suffering inflicted by men for women’s vanity? What an education.”

So what’s it all about? It’s part of PETA’s campaign against the use of fur in fashion. I warn you it’s pretty horrific stuff but if you want to combat this unspeakable and unwatchable cruelty then you have to make a stand!

PETA explains the process below:

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.”

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.

With a hidden camera, animals were filmed being skinned alive. The furriers claim it is done to get a more perfect “cut”…afterwards the carcasses are tossed into a pile, many still alive, and for up to 10 minutes you can see their hearts still beating, in agony, their eyes still blinking, and the puppies little paws still shaking in intense shock. There is one dog (barely recognisable as such) that is left still able to lift his skinned fur-less head & gaze at the camera with bloodied eyes.

If you don’t care to see the video you can pledge to go fur free on the link below.

Or you can visit the PETA website to learn more about their various campaigns.

But do something because if we don’t protect animals from this type of brutality, we become accomplices.


Tony Murphy said...

Like much else in China this video will cause outrage among civilised people.However given that humans have few rights there what chance do animals have.
This video should be shown to anyone who owns or intends to buy a fur coat.The only way to stop this is to kill the demand for fur.
Tony Murphy

Anonymous said...

Tony is quite right that stopping demand is the only way, but as their regard for human life is so abysmal, even their domestic market as it expands with new wealth will keep these brutes in business.I wonder whether
Russia used the same methods for their exotic furs but we never noticed... Has anyone ever tried to boycott chinese goods? Very difficult.