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Why Does China Send Dog And Cat Fur To Canada? Take Action!

Why Does China Send Dog And Cat Fur To Canada? Take Action!

China is the largest exporter of fur in the world, yet has no animal welfare laws in place. This means that animals are not protected by law and can legally and publicly be abused and tortured.

According to the Winnipeg Humane Society, most of the animals are killed by being strung up by their hind legs or neck with a thin metal wire. A worker then stabs them in the groin or stomach and waits for them to bleed to death.  Some farms or factories will bludgeon animals to death, suffocate them or use a hose to pour water down their throats until they drown. More often than not, other tightly confined animals are forced to watch and wait.

The Star recently sent a reporter to China, and here’s what he witnessed:

On every third day of the lunar month Shangcun doubles in size — expanding into an enormous open-air marketplace where vans park in long rows from 6 a.m. till noon and small vendors sell furs, mostly to Chinese manufacturers.


In one corner of the market animals are killed. Women snatch the live animals by their back legs then smash their heads on the hard ground, or strike them over the head with a bamboo pole. The animals are stripped of their fur, which is stretched over wide wooden paddles.

Much of the fur for sale in China comes from dogs and cats. Animal rights activists say some of the fur comes from stolen pets, animals gathered and transported cruelly and then slaughtered inhumanely.

Again, from The Star:

Garments made from dog and cat fur are sold in markets and stores, as well as on China’s version of eBay, called — often as jackets or vests but also as fashion accessories, trinkets and trims, even as cat-fur car seat upholstery and dog-pelt mattress covers.

Mona Lung, a Beijing-based project officer for the animal rights group ACTAsia, estimates two million cats and dogs are slaughtered each year in China.

Once the flesh has been removed, cat and dog pelts are stitched together into large, uniform sheets of fur. They are separated by colour, pattern, texture and the length of the fur. Sometimes they are sheared or dyed to make them more fashionable.

Two million cats and dogs slaughtered annually is tragic enough, but it also turns out that 60 per cent of all fur garments that enter Canada come from China, trade worth about $12 million annually. Unlike the U.S., the E.U., and Australia, which have laws that ban importing cat and dog fur, Canada has no restrictions on fur imports, except for endangered species.

Lesley Fox, spokeswoman for the Vancouver-based Association for the Protection of Fur Bearing Animals, wants Canada to bring its laws in line with the United States, which requires all fur be labeled.

Several Canadian politicians have presented bills aimed at banning dog and cat fur but so far, the Canadian government has declined to change the current legislation. This could be because Canada has an unholy alliance with China: China is the last major buyer of Canadian seal, while in exchange Canada takes all that dog and cat fur.

This would not be happening if China had stringent animal protection laws. If you agree that China needs to introduce an animal protection law, please click here to sign our petition.

And thank you.

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6:20AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Signed and Noted :0 :0 ??? Fur to Canada !!!

2:35PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012


12:02AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

It seems to me that there should be a petition urging Canada not to accept the dog/cat fur from China. I will not knowingly buy real fur of any kind. If I want something furry, I prefer fake over real.

3:16PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

I agree, we have to stop this kind of manipulation by the Chinese; and we need to develop a nationwide backbone to say no to this kind of abuse. Education is the key.

6:57PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Canada needs to get their shit together and ban fur from China. If there's no one to buy, the practice will stop. I'm horrified to read how these beautiful animals are slaughtered, with the other terrified animals watching. It makes me sick to my stomach. I'll never visit China, that's for damn sure.

9:03AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

This is so Disgusting. We don't need to be doing business or borrowing money from those leaders in China.

10:42AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

I signed this petition nearly a year ago.........any progress that may have been made in that time has been too slow and allowed too many animals to die because of arrogant a$$hole humans. We need to push harder for the rights of these animals.

Makes me ashamed to be a human.

1:10PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

Gladly signed and shared. According to this story, the Canadian government has declined to change the current legislation because China is still the buyer of Canadian Seal products. This is sad and disgusting. Will these people ever wake up to the evil these animals endure. I doubt it, when there's a dollar involved try getting people's attention. Then, to hope China would implement stringent animal protection laws, that's almost funny if this situation wasn't so sad!

I have for years staged a boycott against imports from Canada.
Just the other day in a shopping trip, my husband picked up maple syrup. He checked to see if it was made in Canada, it was, he put it back on the shelf and we gladly paid more for the maple syrup from Vermont. I feel the same about China. However, with products from China it's a little harder since they practically own America! There's one thing for sure, if they wait on me to buy a fur, hell will freeze over.

2:09PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

No voice, no protection, no where to run but into the fire those poor animals. So sad, so very sad. I don't by furs anyway but I want this to stop as well.

11:53AM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

I absolutely hate stories like this, and it's hard to believe that atrocities like this still go on. Civilized? I think not! Can we skin the homo sapiens responsible for all of this pain and suffering and sell their hides as synthetic leather? Just the ones responsible for this...

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