Now, I’d like you all to close your eyes think about where the clothes you wear come from, think about the shoes you are wearing today, leather. Leather is cow’s skin, and just like us, without its skin, the cow dies. Along with leather, to make wearable fur such as fox, chinchilla, lamb, mink and even rabbit fur, the animal must be killed to do so.
Australia imports the majority of its furs from China, and unfortunately, China has no animals’ rights laws so the ways in which animals are killed for their fur are not only inhumane, but gruesome and sickening. The workers whose job it is to skin these animals are not highly trained, because of this, animals are often kept and transported for days without food or water, many dying before even reaching the factory, and the ones that do survive, are often skinned alive, still screaming out in agony as they fur gets ripped off their bodies.
Along with these animals, dogs and cats are also killed for their skins in China, and although a law was passed in Australia that it is illegal to import cat and dog furs, it is not illegal to sell them, and mislabelled furs are being imported onto our shores every day. Some of the cats and dogs that are kept in small cages still have their collars on, proof that these are simply lost, family pets. Cat and dog fur is labelled incorrectly, and it is almost impossible to find the true origin of the fur, so written on the label is ‘Neso’ (Not elsewhere specified or Otherwise Indicated), otherwise, other names are given to dog and cat furs such as, Gae Wolf, Goupee, China wolf, Corsac fox, mountain cat, wildcat and special skin. These furs are often found mixed with more expensive fur to make up for volume, on the cuffs of jackets, accessories and even on stuffed children’s toys. Some furs which are classified as ‘fake’ have even been found to be cat and dog fur!
Some say that the job of killing innocent animals for their skin is the only income for...