There are no penalties for abusing animals on farms in China, which is the world s largest fur exporter, supplying more than half of the finished fur garments imported for sale in the United States. Foxes, minks, rabbits, dogs, cats, and other animals pace and shiver in outdoor wire cages, with no shelter from driving rain, freezing nights, or the scorching sun. Mother animals, who are driven crazy from rough handling and intense confinement and have nowhere to hide while giving birth, often kill their babies after delivering litters. Disease and injuries are widespread, and animals suffering from anxiety-induced psychosis chew on their own limbs and throw themselves repeatedly against the cage bars. Before they are skinned, animals are yanked from their cages, thrown to the ground, and bludgeoned. Undercover investigators from Swiss Animal Protection/EAST International found that many animals are still alive and struggling desperately when workers flip them onto their backs or hang them up by their legs or tails to skin them. When they begin to cut the skin and fur from an animal s leg, the free limbs kick and writhe. Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggle too hard to allow a clean cut.
When the fur is finally peeled off over the animals heads, their hairless, bloody bodies are thrown onto a pile of those who have gone before them. Some are still alive, breathing in ragged gasps and blinking slowly. Some of the animals hearts are still beating five to 10 minutes after they are skinned. One investigator recorded a skinned raccoon dog on the heap of carcasses who had enough strength to lift his bloodied head and stare into the camera. When investigators went into another animal market in southern China, they were horrified to find dogs and cats being bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and strangled with wire nooses so that their fur could be turned into trim and trinkets. They found cats and dogs languishing in tiny cages, visibly exhausted. Some had been on the road for days, transported in flimsy wire-mesh cages with no food or water. Twenty cats were forced into a single cage. Because of the cross-country transport in such deplorable conditions, the investigators were able to see dogs and cats with open wounds, dying cats and dogs inside the cages, and dead cats on top of the cages.
Some animals were lethargic or frightened, and others were fighting with each other, driven insane from confinement and exposure. Up to 800 animals are loaded onto each truck, with cages stacked on top of each other. Cages containing live animals are commonly tossed from the tops of the trucks onto the ground 10 feet below, shattering the legs of the animals inside them. Many of the animals still had collars on, a sign that they were once someone s beloved companion, stolen to be made into a fur coat. This fur from China is often deliberately mislabeled as fur from other species and is exported to countries throughout the world to be sold to unsuspecting customers in retail stores. Since China supplies more than half of the finished fur garments imported for sale in the United States and since dog and cat fur is often mislabeled, if you re buying fur, there s no way to tell whose skin you re wearing, including that of a dog or cat.
I wish a few of you commenters would think critically, like PiAnt. He/she wrote: Unfortunately though, there are many things like that, and there will always be, and there s little, if anything that we can do about it.
Really? As long as we Refuse to believe and accept that, humankind has a future. Albert Einstein believed that our species wouldn t get very far unless we learned how to treat those weaker than ourselves, those that cannot speak for nor defend themselves, with kindness and respect. So far, mankind abuses animals and their own children, at an epidemic rate. Here is a quote from Einstein: A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the БUniverse,Б a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest Б a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. Right there is your answer, OP. The reason people (all around the world) do these things, is because of a mass delusion of separation.
Where does it come from? It s simple. Humankind believes we are better than animals. This belief is deeply ingrained over thousands and thousands of years. Religion might be to blame. I am still trying to find the origin of this horrible belief. I feel that it is my life s mission. Some philosophers have claimed that suppression of nature goes hand in hand with suppression of women. I am also researching the root of of female oppression and where it began. Another reason is inability to identify with the pain of others, because we are cut off from pain within ourselves. I recommend reading some books by Alice Miller, and you will begin to understand what I mean. So yes – there IS hope. It will take time. But the hope is there! All of us must work on eradicating the delusion of separation. By becoming self-aware. By encouraging self-awareness in others, especially in our children. Ending child abuse. Everything is connected. I believe one day we will be ONE, our furry brothers and sisters, and us – the whole world.