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Raccoon Dogs Skinned Alive To Make Boots

Raccoon Dogs Skinned Alive To Make Boots

 

Shocking news was released by Humane Society International tying the famous Australian Ugg boot company to the horrific animal cruelty in the fur trade.

An investigation by HSI found boot makers for Ugg Australia footwear were among a group of Australian manufacturers mislabeling products as wool when they were actually using the pelts of raccoon dogs, skinned alive in China.

“HSI Director Verna Simpson said the Ugg boots her organization tested were just one of dozens of products being imported into Australia using raccoon dog fur and in other cases canine dog fur which is banned in Australia.”

The animal rights group gathered a team which included an animal hair identification expert to test and analyze a wide range of clothing.

One pair of Ugg boots tested by HSI revealed they contained dog raccoon fur, but were labeled “Australian sheep skin.”

The tragic plight of raccoon dogs has been documented by animal rights groups, and activists have tried to ban the use of their fur. The animals are kept in extremely cruel conditions on farms in China. When they are ready to be harvested for their pelts, the dogs are severely beaten and then skinned alive.

Raccoon dogs are indigenous to East Asia and related to wolves, coyotes and domestic dogs.

Graphic video filmed by Swiss Animal Protection documented how the terrified animals are beaten with sticks and kicked in the head to keep them still while workers skin them and toss them into heaps to die.

HSI has asked both the Australian government and Ugg Australia for comments. A spokesperson for Home Affairs, Minister Brendan O’Connor told the animal rights group the government would not ban the import of raccoon dog fur. He explained Australia only bans the import of endangered animals and plants.

“Extending the ban to fur products from the Asiatic raccoon, or ‘raccoon dog’ is not Government policy at this time,” said O’Connor.

In the past Ugg Australia spokesperson Lena McDonald denounced the use of raccoon dog fur by other brands and said it tarnished the entire Ugg boot industry.

McDonald continued to defend her company’s product saying the boots tested by HSI were not official “Ugg” products. She said her company used its own local tannery to ensure the quality and standards of its boots. She added that at any time there were between 30-40 products using the word “ugg” but that many were not made in Australia and used overseas materials including fur.

“As far as I can see many of these boots are not made in Australia at all yet they have the word Australia and ugg on them,” she said.

Australia Customs and Border Protection expressed their concern about importing falsely labeled fur products. If they doubt the “authenticity of a product or documents,” they may require the importer to provide a sample for their own experts to test.

If that importer is found guilty, a penalty of $110,000 or three times the value of the goods could be given.

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2:20PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

And I agree with you a 100% Janet S., the No's, leaning No's, and the leaning Yes's, the need to be skinned and let's see how THEY would feel. People don't realize that their precious fur is equivalent to our skin. This is the cruelty of man!!!

2:11PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

Virginia, how in the world can sit there and type the trash that you have typed about Christians??? Since you appear to be a Christian Hater you need to keep away from places that Christians are and go be where God Haters be. We Christians DO NOT write ignorant things about you God Haters because we don't feel that this is a necessary thing to do. You hate God and that is your personal business. What you don't believe in we don't give a crap about one way or another. The people who are abusing animals are not Christians. They are people like you as far as I'm concerned. They have no heart AND NO GOD and this is why they can do vile and reprehensible things to animals AND to people. I love all animals and I wish I could save EVERY ONE OF THEM!!!! I was not able to look at the video because I know that what was on there would grieve my heart and my spirit. I am a Christian and I DO save animals and when I lost the little cat that I rescued back in October, I had to put her to sleep in Feb., it just broke my heart. So you need to get your facts in order about Christians before you come here and do your Christian Bashing.

6:27AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

and the 3% that said no to the banning of fur.... what the hell is wrong with you?? lets skin your ass and give your skin to the animals to wear cuz its about as stupid as you wearing fur. YOU WEAR FUR YOU ARE HELPING KILL THEM SIMPLE AS THAT

6:24AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

I can believe these companys and people do this its shameful to do any animal the way they do these for their fur FOR THE DAMNED MONEY!!! I will fight for these animals till I cant no more!!

8:58AM PST on Dec 7, 2013

I believe Canadian Boot maker Kamik uses Racoon dog fur in their boot as well

10:28AM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Omg, Ugg????

1:13PM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

RE VIRGINIA C , I AM A CHRISTIAN PLEASE DONT CLASSIFY ME WITH YOUR COMMENT OF "MST CHRISTIANS "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,I AM INVOLVED WITH SEVERAL ANIMAL RESCUES AS ARE MY ENTIRE FAMILY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12:16AM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

The video of thisd in action will scar your soul, one dog, after skinning and having his feet hacked off he tries to run after the woman who is walking away with his skin til he falls . Remember that many little animal statues and other dustables are DECORATED WITH REAL FUR, CAT, DOG, HAPSTEWR, BUNNY..;.;..all to make Americans buy this crap. I am an athiest but I do believe in a Great Spirit and I do believe in stewardship...NOT DOMINION as most christians believe. They believe that dominion gives them the right to abuse animals and do as they please with the earth. Your grandchildren will suffer for what you are doing right now, the earth can only be saved by the end of the human animal.

11:42AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

KILLING ANIMALS FOR ANY REASON IS WRONG!!!!! GO VEGAN!

6:25AM PDT on May 29, 2013

"Dog Raccoon" and "canine dog" are misleading.

"Raccoon Dogs" are NOT related to the raccoon whatsoever. Both "Dogs" and "Raccoon Dogs" are canines. In other words, "Raccoon Dogs" are simply a kind of dog.

And NO animal should be used to make clothing. Period.

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