It is estimated that 2 million dogs and cats each year are killed in China for fur. The USA has banned the sale of dog and cat fur, and Europe has decided to follow suit, beginning in December of 2008. It has also been proven that China fur companies will oftentimes mislabel dog and cat fur to make it more marketable. For example, they will label the product as fake fur, when in fact it is dog fur. In addition, they use processing techniques to try to hide the fact that it is actually dog and cat fur. They use dog and cat fur in coats, fur trim, fur animal trinkets and more.
Dog fur is typically labelled as: Gae-wolf, sobaki, Asian jackal, goupee, loup d`Asie, Corsac fox, dogues du Chine, fake or exotic fur. Cat fur is labelled as: house cat, wild cat, katzenfelle, rabbit, goyangi, and mountain cat. For those stuffed animals that look like real fur, they will normally label them as rabbit fur or fake fur. An animal lover may buy a stuffed animal labelled as fake fur, but in actuality they will be purchasing an item made from the fur of some poor stray dog.
The live dogs in China are transported in small cages, and are treated brutally. Once they reach the destination, they are tied up, the vein in the back leg is cut, and they are slowly bled to death. It has been documented that in many cases they begin skinning the fur off before they are even dead. I’m sorry to put it so bluntly, but I feel like I need to tell my readers what is happening.
If you have any doubt regarding this information, I urge you to research it further. You can search by “China fur trade” or “stuffed dogs, real fur, china” or similar keywords. On CoCo the Blogging Dog, I mostly want to focus on happy things. I just wanted to get the word out, so that other animal lovers will not unknowingly support the dog and cat fur trade.