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March 30, 2009

Dead Animals

Undercover investigators went to Chinese fur farms recently and discovered some horrifying facts. Many of the animals being skinned were still alive and struggling with desperation when the workers began to cut the skin and fur from their bodies. Workers go on to stomp on their necks and heads when they struggle too hard to allow a clean cut.

Some of these newly skinned animals, thrown onto piles of those who have gone before them, are still alive, without their skin, in desperate pain, with their hearts still beating five to 10 minutes after they are skinned.

Chinese fur farms in China's Hebeo Province ban outsiders from visiting, and this makes it all too clear why. There are no regulations governing these farms in China, and this means that all the animals housed and slaughtered are at the utter mercy of the workers. They are denied even the simplest acts of kindness.

Because the fur trade continues on such a global scale it is almost impossible to know where fur products come from, as skins move through international acution houses and are purchased and distributed to manufacturers around the workd. Over half of the finished fur garments are imported into the United States. It is likely that, even if a garment's label says it was made in Europe, the animals were slaughtered elsewhere. Why is it that we feel we need to look pretty with the fur of animals who have died in pain keeping us warm, now that we have such advancements in the clothing world?

Complete Peta's opinion poll regarding this practice, and you can also make a pledge to be fur-free here.