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Subj: Ok, I'll stop buying fur
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Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 10:57:51 pm EDT (Viewed 756 times)

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Hello, all.

A friend of mine just showed me this link to the PETA site , which, basically shows a day's work in a fur farm in China. It's really depressing! The dogs are skinned ALIVE.

I'm sorry I won't even rant about it right now, as I'm just too pissed, and my english isn't really good enough to express how I feel about these fuckers. I hope those of you who see the video will feel the same.

"Skinned Alive

When undercover investigators made their way onto Chinese fur farms, they found that many animals are still alive and struggling desperately when workers flip them onto their backs or hang them up by their legs or tails to skin them. When workers on these farms begin to cut the skin and fur from an animal's leg, the free limbs kick and writhe. Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggle too hard to allow a clean cut.

When the fur is finally peeled off over the animals' heads, their naked, bloody bodies are thrown onto a pile of those who have gone before them. Some are still alive, breathing in ragged gasps and blinking slowly. Some of the animals' hearts are still beating five to 10 minutes after they are skinned. One investigator recorded a skinned raccoon dog on the heap of carcasses who had enough strength to lift his bloodied head and stare into the camera.

Before they are skinned alive, animals are pulled from their cages and thrown to the ground; workers bludgeon them with metal rods or slam them on hard surfaces, causing broken bones and convulsions but not always immediate death. Animals watch helplessly as workers make their way down the row.

Undercover investigators from Swiss Animal Protection/EAST International toured fur farms in China's Hebei Province, and it quickly became clear why outsiders are banned from visiting. There are no regulations governing fur farms in China—farmers can house and slaughter animals however they see fit. The investigators found horrors beyond their worst imaginings and concluded, "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."

Living Hell
On these farms, foxes, minks, rabbits, and other animals pace and shiver in outdoor wire cages, exposed to driving rain, freezing nights, and, at other times, scorching sun. Mother animals, who are driven crazy from rough handling and intense confinement and have nowhere to hide while giving birth, often kill their babies after delivering litters.

Is There a Skeleton in Your Closet?
The globalization of the fur trade has made it impossible to know where fur products come from. China supplies more than half of the finished fur garments imported for sale in the United States. Even if a fur garment's label says it was made in a European country, the animals were likely raised and slaughtered elsewhere—possibly on an unregulated Chinese fur farm."

My first question is why do they skin the animals alive? There are obviously disadvantages to that, but what's the advantage? I would be curious to know the answer.

It's hard to tell another culture/country what to do, especially since the customs are so different. They obviously have different feelings about animals in certain parts of Asia.

As for what we can do individually, I will boycott fur for you. On the other hand, I was never going to buy fur anyway. The best solution wouldn't be import taxes, since a) I'm sure not alot of fur is imported from China and b) it would just create tension between the two countries. The best and most efficient solution would just be to increase the taxes on fur by a dramatic amount. People will think twice if the price of a fur coat is suddenly increased by 20%.

Still, the only way to truly change this current system would be a change in the culture of China and other like minded cultures. But that's not an easy or short term goal.

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