The famous Scientist, naturalist, biologist, Charles Darwin said this perfectly, “There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties…. The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind. The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man. We have seen that the senses and intuitions, the various emotions and faculties, such as love, memory, attention and curiosity, imitation, reason, etc., of which man boasts, may be found in an incipient, or even sometimes a well-developed condition, in the lower animals.”
This might be the toughest one yet. During many hours of research on this topic, fur farms has proved to be very disturbing and ugly. Yes, dogs and cats in China are taken from private homes, unbeknownst to their owners and taken to these fur farms for their, yep you guessed it, their fur. Do you know what their favorite dog breed is? It’s a German Shepherd because it closely resembles a coyote or raccoon in their eyes and long-haired cats are kept as pets while the short-haired ones are preferred for their pelts.
Not Just Dogs and Cats
Where to begin. The United States has big business in fur farming. Wisconsin for instance farms Mink and fox for fur. They have huge operations. Decide for yourself if you think it’s brutal or not to keep mink in cages from birth to death only to keep them alive for their pelts and nothing else. Ever hear of a raccoon dog? I didn’t either until I began this research but apparently they are big business in China and are killed on a daily basis for their pelts too.
Some animals involved in fur farming are:
- raccoon dog
- domestic dog
- domestic cat
Who’s Guilty of Wearing This? Practically All of Us
Obviously if you’re wearing a mink, rabbit, or fox fur coat we know where that came from, but if you are wearing a coat, gloves, or boots, maybe even a wool coat or a scarf, it might contain some type of dog, cat, or raccoon dog fur in it without your knowledge. China has become very good at labeling product to get it through U.S. customs legally. The United States banned the import of the fur trade from China in 2000, makes me wonder why it took them so long. But that has not stopped China from getting it through customs.
The point is that these fur farms mainly China, are marketing big business items such as toys and the latest “hot” items in the United States. For example, fur items are being dyed hot pink to deceive the consumer. Dyed pink attached as a tassel, let’s say to lingerie. Of course you would buy it if you thought it was sexy and your husband or boyfriend really liked it. But the kicker is, you must look at the label and read what it says. China will actually label that fur as a “byproduct”. Be wary readers! Also, in my next section I will be discussing why and how the animals are treated in these fur farms, and it is very disturbing and has actually kept me up at night. It is shocking to me that there is that level of brutality against dogs just for their fur, and to know that I have a “faux” fur lined jacket in my closet and “faux” fur lined boots. Sickening! We buy faux fur thinking it’s saving the animals when it’s actually torturing and killing them.
The Brutality Behind Fur Farms
Can you imagine the horror of your domestic dog or cat being stolen from your home only to find out it went to a fur farm to face the unimaginable atrocities these animals face daily? It’s something that I cannot comprehend, the video I watched was more than I could bare and it speaks volumes. China accounts for more than 80% of the fur trade in the country. They do not have any laws pertaining to animal rights therefore they pretty much can do whatever they want. Caution: What you are about to read is graphic.
Now with that being said, reports and hidden investigations show that animals including domestic dogs are being captured, taken to these farms and used for their fur. The way the Chinese kill these dogs is horrendous, the dog is tied up tightly as to not get away and it seems they take a sharp object such as a knife and slit the dog in their gut as to not damage the pelt, the dog then bleeds out writhing about on the ground, in some instances the killer may strike the dog on the head with a club to put the dog out of misery but generally not, investigations show many dogs and other animals are skinned while still alive. I’ve heard, yet not confirmed that the meat is distributed to countries that eat dog meat. I do know that dog meat is big business in South Korea, but that is a whole other story, I will be doing one on that in the near future.
Mink, rabbit, and others are kept in cages upon cages for years in the most awful conditions possible. These animals are kept outside in the elements whether it’s hot, cold, raining, snowing, without proper shelter. The cages are stacked upon each other in the most random ways possible. They have no toys, nothing to chew on, no nesting boxes and the mother’s who have babies more than likely will eat her babies instinctively to save them.
The molting season is during the winter months and then come spring time is slaughter time for these guys and then the unlucky ones are picked. They get plucked out of their cages with a metal prong around their neck and get grabbed by their tail, some are hung by a foot on a hook and slit by a knife in the belly area, some bludgeoned about the head by a club, some are slammed on a hard surface until their bones break, but most are skinned alive according to investigative reports by https://youtu.be/PHPi21kTZgk .
Looking back on what has been discussed, has it changed your mind on what you might look for in the department store? It made me scour my closet and look at labels. Did you know that faux fur had distinctive features compared to real fur? I’ll give you the comparison real quick on what to look for, real fur feels soft, unlike faux fur that is coarse. This is just one example and generally real fur is multiple colors and read the labels on garments if you truly want to help. It really is that easy, remember China has been very clever on putting fur into our products from toys, to wool to lingerie. Our animals, and domestic pets are suffering at the hands of these monsters.
Remember together we can end animal cruelty, be their voice.
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