Raccoon Dogs Skinned Alive in China

Skinned Alive to Make Fake Ugg Boots: Horrific Footage Reveals Slow, Sickening Deaths of Raccoon Dogs.

Captive raccoon dog in a fur farm

Raccoon Dog in Cage waiting to be SKINNED ALIVE

Thousands of unsuspecting Britons may be buying imitation Ugg boots made from the pelts of animals skinned alive. The fur comes from raccoon dogs, a species related to domestic dogs, farmed in China.

A sickening video of the skins being collected has led activists to demand a ban on the trade and call for clearer labelling.

Brutal: Workers in China skin a raccoon dog, but the animal is still alive and suffering

The raccoon dog is indigenous to Asia and related to dogs and foxes.

Ugg boots are made from Australian sheepskin and cost up to £200 – but cheap imitations have flooded the market.

Genuine Ugg boots cost up to £200 and use sheepskin, which is produced in a humane way.

But campaigners have found that other companies in Australia, where the popular boots are made, are using raccoon dog fur farmed in China and labelling it ‘Australian sheepskin’.

Campaigners from Humane Society International (HSI) warned that the footwear could have found its way into the UK.

While the law says that no products using dog or cat fur may be imported or sold in the country, there is no ban on fur from raccoon dogs, an Asian species with links to foxes, dogs and jackals. They are not related to raccoons.

Pitiful: A bloodied and dazed creature is shown still alive but helpless on a pile of corpses.

Agony: A raccoon dog is beaten to stop it struggling so it can be skinned alive.

Wendy Higgins from Humane Society International HSI UK said:

I have been working in animal rights for more than a decade and have never seen a video that has shocked me so much.

‘It is not just the killing of the animals that is horrific, but the fact that they must endure such slow, painful deaths.

‘These animals are not dogs,  so there is no legislative reason why boots containing the fur cannot be imported into the UK. There are also many problems with the labelling of fur products, so many consumers will not be aware of where the fur in their boots comes from.

Websites found by HSI show other companies are selling the fur on gilets, coats and ear-muffs for delivery to the UK.

Ugg Australia denied they were using the fur in their own boots and pointed the finger at cheap copies.

Cruelty: A raccoon dog is beaten on the head in an attempt to stun it. Another dazed animal lies on the right-hand of the image.

Force: A worker stands on an animal’s neck to stop it struggling. The process of skinning the raccoon dogs is agonisingly slow.

WARNING By Clicking on the link below you will see some very upsetting images:

Lena McDonald from Ugg Australia said the use of raccoon dog fur by other companies was tarnishing the entire industry as many people were unable to tell the different brands apart.

She said her company used its own tannery to ensure the standards of its boots, but added that up to 40 products using fur from overseas contained the word ‘ugg’.>

She said: ‘As far as I can see many of these boots are not made in Australia at all yet they have the words Australia and ugg on them. We have seen companies cutting off tags saying “made in China” and putting on a “made in Australia” tag.’

The UK Government announced its ban on importing cat and dog pelts from China in 2001 after it emerged that a fur collar, obtained from a leading store in the West End, contained dog fur.

A total ban on the trade in dog and cat fur came into force across Europe in December 2008.

Published by Daily Mail Raccoon Dogs Skinned Alive Author: Lydia Warren 5/10/ 2011

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Comment – As difficult as it is was to read about and see these terrible photographs, it is important to get the word out. Most folks who buy these boots are unaware of the cruelty involved. I suggest to all: read the labels on everything you buy– if it’s not manufactured in your home country, don’t buy it. Yes, that’s time consuming and inconvenient. But it’s the only way to avoid fueling this type of cruelty. By buying largely domestic goods, you will also avoid dangerous ingredients (remember the Chinese toothpaste and the melamine in dog food) and support your local economy. – Dianne, Michigan, USA.

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Protection 4 Animals supports the total banning of the Fur Trade. Currently while officially Dog and Cat Fur is banned in many countries, this does not apply to the Raccoon Dogs being Skinned Alive for their Fur.

Make no mistake this is a Barbaric process carried out by Brutal Chinese workers, that beat the Dogs with Iron Bars, Kick them, Stamp on them and Slam on or against concrete walls to stop them struggling.

Then the Fur is Slowly torn from it’s body in the most agonising and sickening way. They are then thrown to one side where they suffer the most horrendous death, that can last up to 3 hours

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China Bear Farms Horrific Conditions

Chinese Doctors To Call For ‘Cruel’ Bear Farms To Be Closed

China’s bear farms, where for decades bile has been extracted from the endangered animals in horrific conditions, have been condemned by eminent Chinese scientists.

On the farms, the bears are milked for their bile through crude holes cut into the abdomen wall and the gall bladder

His conclusions will delight campaigners who for years have fought against the farms and freed hundreds of bears from captivity.

They claim that opposition to the industry is growing as China’s burgeoning middle class become increasingly opposed to such cruelty.

Dr Feng will warn the World Traditional Chinese Medicine Congress conference, however, that opponents face a hard battle with traditionalists who remain convinced that real bear bile can help cure many ailments including stomach and digestive disorders and kidney problems. Many people, including government officials, will refuse to accept substitutes, he will say.

On the farms, the bears – mostly Asiatic Black Bears – are kept in tiny, cramped cages and milked for their bile through crude holes cut into the abdomen wall and the gall bladder.

The wounds are deliberately left open, leaving the bears exposed to infection and disease. They are kept hungry and denied free access to water because this helps produce more bile.

Throughout parts of China, some 10,000 endangered Asiatic black bears are currently housed in tiny, restrictive metal cages where they are systematically 'milked' of bile, a digestive fluid produced in the gallbladder which is believed to have medicinal qualities in some Asian traditions.

The farms are still found in many parts of China and other Asian countries, fuelling poaching and illegal trade in the animals.

Dr Feng’s research shows that herbal alternatives and bile from other animals such as cattle – which can be collected cheaply at abbatoirs – can be more effective than Bear Bile.

He will argue that growing opposition to animal substitutes will mean that, eventually, only plant substitutes will be acceptable.

“The final choice will have to be to use plants to substitute bear bile,” he will tell the conference at Central Hall.

“Completely replacing the real one in chemical compositions is really difficult, but it is possible and we are close to proving the reality which is that the pharmacological effects of the substitute are better than those of the real one.”

Animal welfare campaigners point to growing opposition to the farms inside China. Earlier this year the owner of one of the biggest bear bile farms in China – who also owns a large pharmaceutical company – sparked protests in China when he applied for approval to list his company on a stock exchange.

Another speaker at the conference, Toby Zhang, of the charity Animals Asia, said:

“There has been a groundswell of public opinion against bear bile farming which shows that the Chinese people are increasingly concerned about animal welfare issues. Now even tradtional medicine doctors are advising against the use of bear bile.”

Jill Robinson, the English founder and chief executive of the Animal Asia Foundation Charity, which has a sanctuary for rescued Bears in China, said:

“Bears are dying in droves across the country in conditions that are just as horrendous as they were when we began rescuing bears in 1995. This appalling trade has to end.”

“There are over 54 different herbal alternatives and man-made synthetics that can take their place. No one is going to die from a lack of bear bile.”

In December 2009, 19 of China’s mainland provinces committed to becoming bear farm free. Another province, Shandong, closed its last bear farm in 2010.

But there is growing concern that the bear bile trade is still widespread throughout Asia.

The Chinese government estimates that there are currently between 7,000 and 10,000 bears kept for their bile in China. There are an estimated 16,000 Asiatic bears living in the wild.

A report in May by TRAFFIC, the wildlife monitoring network, found that poaching and illegal trade of bears, “continues unabated”, and on a large scale, mostly in China, but also in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam.

The most common products on sale were pills and whole bear gall bladders where the bile secreted by the liver is stored.

International trade in the bears, and their parts and derivatives, is prohibited under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The report found that the ban was widely flouted. Domestic trade of bear bile is legal but regulated in China and Japan and illegal in other countries.

Bear bile has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 3,000 years.

Until about 30 years ago, the only way to acquire bear bile was by killing a wild animal and removing its gall bladder. In the early 1980s bear farms began appearing in North Korea and quickly spread to China.

Bears rescued from farms by Animals Asia are found to be suffering from liver cancer, blindness, shattered teeth and ulcerated gums. Contaminated bile from sick bears poses a threat to human health.

The campaign has won support from celebrities including Joanna Lumley, the actress. “Bear farming is a cruel and unnecessary practice,” she said.

“The bears are suffering and dying from liver cancers – and doctors in Asia are now urgently highlighting concerns for those who consume the diseased bile.”

Karen Mok, China’s biggest music star, said: “Animals deserve to live in a world without fear or suffering. We must all help the thousands of bears suffering terrible cruelty.”

Dr Jidong Wu, president of the UK association of traditional chinese medicine at Middlesex university, which prohibits the use of bear bile by its practitioners, said extracting bear bile was “inhumane and unethical” and “against the general principle and law of traditional Chinese medicine which emphasises keeping the balance between mankind and nature.”

Author: David Harrison, The Telegraph:  28 August 2011

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