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  • Planeta Animal
    Click to see photos, video, and more: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?pageId=72879 Wednesday,
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 22, 2008

      Click to see photos, video, and more:
      http://www.worldnet daily.com/ index.php? pageId=72879

      Wednesday, August 20, 2008 _____

      Posted: August 19, 2008
      By Bob Unruh

      Editor's Note: The descriptions and video ofChina 's fur industry in this
      story will be disturbing to some readers.

      The newest controversy over exports from China has caused nightmares for
      researchers documenting the abuse inflicted on animals bred and raised in
      tiny cages and then skinned alive for their fur.

      WND has reported multiple times on problems with exports fromChina .

      Now comes word from an extended investigation into the fur trade that China
      is estimated to produce approximately 85 percent of the world's fur products
      - and it has virtually no regulations or rules for the treatment of the

      According to Mark Rissi, a spokesman for Swiss Animal
      http://www.animal- protection. net/furtrade/ chinafur. html> Protection, which
      has documented abuse of animals raised for their fur as early as 1983, the
      China project has been going on for several years.

      The organization' s report <
      http://www.animal- protection. net> has been made
      available online, with dramatic images and descriptions that researchers
      found more than disturbing.

      "As animals are considered objects in China , there is little or no awareness
      for the suffering of these sentient beings," Rissi told WND from his
      European base of operations via e-mail. "The cruelty found was beyond our
      expectations, and it was hard to document without interfering. It caused
      nightmares to the team, especially in the editing room, because the scenes
      had to be replayed and replayed to be edited from six hours down to 20

      Rissi said the actual onsite investigation was done by his organization' s
      staff members as well as trusted Asian animal protection supporters, but as
      fur production was not a controversial subject, "people willingly showed
      their farms to the team."

      He said he's glad other organizations, such as the U.S.-based People for the
      Ethical Treatment of Animals, have joined in his group's campaign.

      "Our main goal was to get this distributed because we want consumers
      worldwide to be aware about the cruelty involved in the fur fashion," he

      "People have a right to know that a huge percentage of fur is imported from
      China , which doesn't have any federal laws protecting animals on fur farms.
      People who might contribute to this atrocity by purchasing fur or
      fur-trimmed garments need to know about the horrible suffering of the
      animals who wore that skin first," PETA spokeswoman Melissa Karpel told WND.

      "We want them to see how fur farmers slam terrified animals - including
      raccoon pups - on the ground and skin them while they're still conscious.
      People need to know what they're really buying when they buy fur or fur
      trim," she said.

      "Conditions on Chinese fur farms make a mockery of the most elementary
      animal welfare standards," the Swiss report said. "This report shows that
      China 's colossal fur industry routinely subjects animals to housing,
      husbandry, transport and slaughter practices that are unacceptable from a
      veterinary, animal welfare and moral point of view."

      PETA has posted a Swiss Animal Protection video on its U.S. site,
      documenting the bloody violence prevalent in the Chinese fur industry.

      The report contained the testimony from witnesses to a dog slaughter:

      Once pulled out from its cage, the raccoon dog curls up into a ball in
      mid-air. . One woman in a headscarf is first to grab hold of the raccoon
      dog's tail and the others drift away peevishly. The woman in the headscarf
      swings the animal upwards. It forms an arc in the air and is then slammed
      heavily to the ground, throwing up a cloud of dust. The raccoon dog tries to
      stand up, its paws scrabbling in the grit. The wooden club in the woman's
      hand swings down onto its forehead. The woman picks up the animal and walks
      toward the other side of the road, throwing it onto a pile of other raccoon
      dogs. A stream of blood trickles from its muzzle, but its eyes are open and
      it continues to repeatedly blink, move its paws, raise its head and collapse
      to the ground. Beside it lies another raccoon dog. Its four limbs have been
      hacked off but still it continues to yelp.

      The report then graphically describes how the dogs are skinned, sometimes
      while they are living.

      Rissi noted that the Humane Society of the United States also has worked on
      the investigation, citing well-known U.S. companies, including J.C. Penney,
      Burlington Coat Factory, Bloomingdale' s, Sak's Fifth Avenue and Macy's, for
      selling Chinese-produced fur products, sometimes labeling them as "faux fur"
      or raccoon when the actual product is from a raccoon dog.

      The Swiss Animal Protection report said slaughter methods range from
      beatings with a metal or wooden stick or swinging the animal until it slams
      to the ground.

      Then they are skinned.

      "They struggle and try to fight back to the very end. Even after their skin
      has been stripped off breathing, heart beat, directional body and eyelid
      movements were evident for five to 10 minutes," the report said.

      The process is repeated millions of times, as China processes up to 100,000
      pelts in a day at times.

      The Swiss organization saidChina should pass a national animal welfare law,
      prohibit skinning live animals, prohibit inhumane treatment and slaughter
      methods, and the rest of the world should shun the use of fur.

      Swiss Animal Protection is the umbrella organization of 58 regional animal
      protection associations in Switzerland and the Principality of
      Liechtenstein . Founded in 1861, it is the oldest and biggest animal
      protection organization operating throughoutSwitzerland .


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