28 November 2005

A Shocking Look Inside Chinese Fur Farms

This has little to do with occultism or design, but I don't particularly keep the most stringent focus on this site.

The globalization of the fur trade has made it impossible to know where fur products come from. Skins move through international auction houses and are purchased and distributed to manufacturers around the world, and finished goods are often exported. 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.

WARNING — This is to encourage people to learn and do something. It is not easy to read nor watch, but important because of such.

Watch the video
Hanging by the neck from a wire noose, water is poured down their throat through a hose until they drown. Many are skinned while still alive.

This is just one of the horrific scenes captured on video by investigators from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as they infiltrated the cat and dog fur industry in China, Thailand and the Philippines. Cats and dogs that were once someone's pets, rounded up, transported in sacks and crates. Some are held in dingy, dark unheated buildings during the bitter winter of northern China, often without food or water.

The 18-month undercover investigation discovered that the trade in cat and dog fur is far bigger than was ever previously believed - the HSUS has revealed that more than 2 million of these domestic animals are abused and killed by the international fur trade each year. And this sick trade isn't just something that happens in far off lands - at least one company in Britain recently traded openly in the furs of these animals. […]

These animals end up as gloves, coats, hats or fur trim; their skins are used in the production of drums and other musical instruments. […]

In the US, fur products being sold for less than $150 are not required to be labelled, and conveniently for the fur trade, many items made with cat and dog fur are sold for less than $150 so are not labelled.

A Shocking Look Inside Chinese Fur Farms
Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade


Kylark said...

God, that is so disturbing.

I'm not against using animal products, but it would be nice if the animals were treated humanely. (Yes, I think you can treat an animal humanely and then kill it quickly and cleanly. We eat animals (most of us). We wear their skins (most of us).)

By the time the coat or gloves or fur-trimmed hat make their way to the United States or wherever, nobody's thinking of how they were made. There's such a disconnect with most products; we go into stores and trade our money for objects without even thinking about the work that went into the items, the human or animal suffering or environmental by-products.

Ideally, the only way to get meat or fur would be to hunt and kill the animal yourself. That way, you'd be fully aware of the consequences of your actions, the life you are taking. You'd have more reverence for the creature and more fully appreciate the gift of its life.

Jesus, maybe I should just be a vegetarian.

Scott said...

I generally agree with that sentiment, and had a friend who's spent some time in slaughterhouses point out that automated killing might be more humane (i.e. quick and painless) than someone doing it themself.

Perhaps the ritual of killing animals by hand makes it more meaningful? If so, does a balanced conscience take precedence over the soon-to-be-dead animal's well-being as it dies?

If not, the ol' dinner prayer to one's diety of choice might suffice.