China produces  85% of the  fur on the planet  and has  no animal welfare  laws to protect animals.   Fur  animals in  China suffer one  of the most   cruel and  savage practices  ever  heard  against defenseless beings. The hideous cruelty is hidden from consumers who may not know that each  fur  article  comes  with an  unimaginable amount  of  agony.  All this in the name of fashion.

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 equally mistreated 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 their fur farms.  Photos and videos of animals living under horrific conditions are available for anyone to see, and which make words unnecessary.  The mistreatment of fur animals is widespread, worldwide.  Two recent investigations made in Polish fur farms in Poland, reveals that mistreatment to fur animals, their intense suffering can go beyond anyone's imagination.    Below, you will find information on all that has been said above.

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  not  to  damage  their  pelts.  These  animals  live  horrendous existences when  they are "ranch-raised" on  a "fur farm",  or  are  brutally killed in the hands of trappers.  On ranches, they spend their entire lives in tiny,  filthy cages and  suffer tremendously, many become deranged until they  meet with brutal deaths. 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. Check this link to learn more: &

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!!! Click on the links to watch the video.

VIDEO: "THE REAL FASHION VICTIMS: An investigation in a rabbits fur farml
This is a 9-minute video, the result of an undercover investigation by "ANIMAL" in a rabbits fur farm in Portugal. This is a ground breaking project because there has been hardly any statistics on the numbers of rabbits used for fur, meat, vivisection or entertainment. Thus, this presents a new dawn for rabbits.
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Fur farms: In the U.S. & China as examples of fur farms around the globe.
Before buying what may
look  like  FAUX,  please
remember these steps:
Feels  smooth, soft.  Blow
on fur, it divides as
soft  hair. It's often made
of several  layers of thin
hair, the  fibers from a
dense under-wool through
which longer hairs stick out. The base is leather, it
resists a pin. It burns  and smells like human hair.
Feels coarse, has simpler
structure; it can be pierced
easily with a pin. Individual
hairs  are often the same
length and have an even color. It burns like  plastic;
rub hair  between fingers, it feels coarse  Close to
light, its shine is dull
compared to real fur.
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