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Barbara LindellBarbara Lindell Sunnyvale, CA/San Francisco, LMember Posts: 544
edited 25 March, 2007 in Laws & Legislation
Dear Dogsters, There is a group of dedicated Chinese animal activists who strongly opposes animal cruelty occuring in China known as the CACA. At this blog, they have posted a live videotape showing a snippet of the atrocious dog and cat fur trade. As we all know, Ebay and other websites have been selling fur-laden items which, unbeknownst to many until recently, were the hides of wild dogs and cats. Please watch this video only if you can handle the graphic nature of its contents. Fighting the good fight, R


  • Tony BlackwellTony Blackwell Cardiff, WalesMember Posts: 1,019
    edited 25 March, 2007
    Thanks for that Calypso. If you go to PETA's website, you'll also see some absolutely awful videos. Please be aware of what you buy. Coats and jackets with so-called 'fake-fur' trimmings are often real fur. If the garment is from China, that could even include cat or dog fur. This gets even more complicated because sometimes China exports the 'fake' fur to such countries as Italy and France where it is added to the garments made in that country. I'm not sure if this is still the case - but for a while, furry cat toys from China were actually found to be made of cat fur and not the rabbit fur that people had assumed. I've watched the Chinese fur farm videos on PETA and it broke my heart to see animals being treated so badly. They are literally being skinned alive and sometimes take hours to actually die. Your doggie group is doing a wonderful thing taking on this trade - congratulations and best wishes. Leida
  • Tony BlackwellTony Blackwell Cardiff, WalesMember Posts: 1,019
    edited 25 March, 2007
    Oops double post :r
  • Susan MavesSusan Maves MaconMember Posts: 6,697
    edited 25 March, 2007
    Our mommy is adamantly opposed to the fur trade. But she also opposes the use of fake furs because she believes that it still promotes the use of and wearing of fur as a fashion statement.
  • Tony BlackwellTony Blackwell Cardiff, WalesMember Posts: 1,019
    edited 25 March, 2007
    Fur looks better on us animals than it does on humans any how!
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