Action Alert: Animals skinned alive for fur
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Ways that you can help to stop this are at the bottom of this post.
ANIMALS being raised in China's Hebei province to supply fur for clothing are being skinned alive, a Swiss animal protection group said today. The group (PSA) said it had six hours of video film and 550 photographs taken by local activists showing foxes, wild dogs or martens being clubbed or thrown to the ground to knock them unconscious, thereby avoiding damage to their pelts.
Most of the animals are just stunned and often recover consciousness while they are being skinned, leaving them in agony for up to ten minutes before they die, PSA said in a statement.
"This inconceivable horror exceeds anything we knew so far on the way animals are killed in the west," it added.
Many cheap furs on sale in Europe, or used as linings for hoods and collars, come from China, according to the group.
It said it wanted every consumer to understand "how these animals lived and how they met their end".
More than 1.5 million foxes, and about as many martens, mink, rabbits, dogs and cats are raised in China every year for their fur, according to PSA.
The animal protection group asked the Swiss government last year to ban imports of dog and cat fur from China.
How you can help
1. Send a message to the Chinese ambassador to express your concerns about the Chinese fur trade by e-postcard http://careforthewild.com/ecard.asp?pid=3 or write a letter http://www.careforthewild.com/generalimages/FurChinaAmbassador05.doc to the Chinese ambassador.
2. Sign the online petition
AUTRE PETITION CONTRE LA FOURRURE
VIDEO Warning: Includes Graphic & Shocking Evidence
SIGNEZ LA PÉTITION
3. Write to your local MP using our suggested template. http://www.careforthewild.com/generalimages/FurMP05.doc You can find out the name and contact details of your local MP by clicking here. http://www.locata.co.uk/commons
4. Write to the British Fur Trade Association to express your concerns about their involvement in the Chinese fur trade:
Robert Morgan, Executive Officer, British Fur Trade Association, Brookstone House, 6 Elthorne Road, London, N19 4AG, UK
Fax 020 7281 1374
5. Inform your friends and family about the grossly inhumane treatment of animals on Chinese fur farms, and distribute leaflets to spread the word about this appalling trade. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 01306 627900 to order some leaflets.
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