Dominion Over All His Creation
October 4, 2011 11:01 AM Subscribe
posted by crayz (27 comments total)
A video from a 2004 investigation of Chinese fur farms by Swiss Animal Protection / EAST International has been making the rounds today. It shows racoon dogs
, a member of the biological family including dogs and wolves, being kept in inhumane conditions and then brutally slaughtered, literally skinned alive from the feet first. The animals often remain conscious and dying after being skinned. This fur then finds its way into US products at major retailers, including mislabeled "faux fur"
A newspaper article
from the time reports the Hong Kong Fur Federation as saying that "items produced locally are for domestic use" and that "the key to improving animal welfare is to allow access of local fur products to the international market and improve the livelihood of fur farmers"
It appears they have succeeded, because the Humane Society filed a lawsuit
in April 2008 "alleging at least 20 retailers in the U.S. have been mislabeling raccoon dog fur. They assert 70% of fur garments they tested were raccoon dog but were mislabeled as faux fur, coyote, rabbit, or other animals", for example "In December 2008, Lord & Taylor sold jackets labeled as 'polyester' fur at its retail store in Kensington, Md. Testing found that this purportedly faux fur garment was actually made from real raccoon dog and rabbit."
So far Saks
and Lord & Taylor
The video itself is not safe for work or your soul. It may be the worst thing I've ever seen, and it can't be unseen. With that warning: click here to watch
This post was deleted for the following reason: This is horrific, but "here's a graphic description of something horrific, also here's a terrible video you probably shouldn't watch" is kind of a hardcore firestarter of a post and I'm not sure it's really a great idea for the front page. -- cortex