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article imageChina accused of skinning live animals for fur [graphic video] Special

Note: graphic nature of the video provided by PETA is not suitable for all viewers. The pets-right group is accusing some Chinese fur farms of torturing live animals.
When undercover investigators from the Swiss Animal Protection-EAST International agency and People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) toured fur farms in China's Hebei Province, they were first-hand witnesses to the cruel and inhumane manner in which these fur-bearing animals are being treated.
They 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 workers on these farms 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 naked, 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, says PETA following their investigation in the fur industry in China.
Before they are skinned alive, animals are pulled from their cages and thrown to the ground; workers bludgeon them with metal rods or slam them on hard surfaces, causing broken bones and convulsions but not always immediate death. Animals watch helplessly as workers make their way down the row.
After months of investigation PETA has issued a statement and released graphic video's of the killing of these helpless animals.
A call to PETA's office confirmed these statements and the validity of the investigation and undercover video's made during the trip to China fur raising farms.
Before they are skinned alive, animals are pulled from their cages and thrown to the ground; workers bludgeon them with metal rods or slam them on hard surfaces, causing broken bones and convulsions but not always immediate death. Animals watch helplessly as workers make their way down the row.
Caged animals PETA wants set free.
PETA
Caged animals PETA wants set free.
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With a hidden camera, animals were filmed being SKINNED ALIVE!!! They say it's done to get a more perfect 'cut.' Afterwards, the carcasses are tossed into a pile, still alive, and for up to 10 minutes you can see their hearts still beating, in agony, their eyes still blinking and the puppies little paws still shaking. There was one pup, that still lifted his head and gazed at the camera with bloodied eyes. PETA says these horrific and gruesome practices must be stopped. They are the epitome of cruelty to animals.
The Chinese Fur Commission and the China Leather Industry and Association released the following statements:
Chinese fur farms with favorable environmental facilities were not even visited in the undercover investigation. They say " the article painstakingly focuses on the seamy side and makes an unjustified generalization, which has damaged the reputation of Chinese fur farming industry. The (PETA) report and comments are unfair to the Chinese fur farming industry."
"Furthermore, we doubt some viewpoints and material of the report to be invented or exaggerated. Pictures showing animals being skinned alive are obviously plotted. All those with common sense would not choose this slaughter method to attain fur. Reasons are as follows:
Alicia Silverstone a spokeswoman for PETA s fur fight against fur  poses for the camera for a PETA a...
PETA Fur Campaign
Alicia Silverstone a spokeswoman for PETA's fur fight against fur, poses for the camera for a PETA advertising campaign.
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First, the animals are bred for quality fur and those with a thinking mind know this method would seriously affect the quality of the fur. Second, animals being skinned alive would struggle and might hurt the skinner, which would increase the difficulty of skinning process. At last, the method is a very inefficient one to attain fur. To a fur farm with hundreds, even thousands of animals, it's ridiculous and infeasible to adopt the method."
"The article also made some irresponsible remarks such as that China has no regulations on animal husbandry and the Chinese government overlooks fur animal farming. Chinese fur animal farms are under joint administration of China's State forestry administration and Ministry of Agriculture."
Ingrid E, Newkirk, president of PETA responded to me by email and said: The only thing that stands between the end of cruel animal experimentation and the beginning of sensible and humane health programs is the fact that too many people still accept the unacceptable. We must demand change. We are so fortunate to have you as part of our community—together we can end animal experimentation. Don't hesitate to contact us should you need more information. Thank you for all that you are doing to help make a difference for animals.
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