In a few Asian countries such as China, South-Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and parts of Indonesia, dogs and cats suffer atrociously. Every year more than two million cats and dogs are skinned alive for their fur in Asia and then abandoned and left to die. The animals are dying a horrible and painful death.
More Beautiful Fur
In Asia, dogs and cats are skinned alive because the fur is more easily removed. It also causes a high level of adrenaline in the animal, which makes the fur stand on end and produces a nicer fur and therefore more money.
Help us to stop this animal cruelty
With only a small effort you can do something to stop this animal cruelty.
Whilst browsing the internet in early 2008, I discovered a short film. It showed how Chinese dogs and cats were being skinned alive ‚Äď only for their fur. The pictures were too horrible for words. I could not get them out of my mind: could it be true that these animals were so disgustingly mistreated? ‚Äď in these days and despite all the laws? And on top of that this dog and cat fur was being imported by Western countries? And we Western consumers were not aware of this at all?
And on top of that this dog and cat fur was being imported by Western countries? And we Western consumers were not aware of this at all?
From January 1st 2009, it has been forbidden to import dog and cat fur into Europe. But, believe it or not, after gathering information from several different sources, it seemed there were few if any checks on whether the law was being upheld ‚Äď because moneywise it is not interesting enough. That‚Äôs why the law is violated on such a large scale. When that was clear, I was sure of one thing: this trade had to stop and so ‚ÄúStop dog and cat fur‚ÄĚ was born.
Accessories made with dog and cat fur are simply being imported without any labelling, or are being labelled as ‚Äėimitation fur‚ÄĚ ‚Äď and are being offered at temptingly low prices, because dog and cat fur is many times cheaper than imitation fur...
We ‚Äėconsumers‚Äô think we are acting properly by buying imitation fur, whilst in reality we are wearing the fur of dogs and cats that have been skinned alive. Thus, in all our innocence, we support the continuation of these terrible practices...
Unfortunately it is more than just fur, dog and cat skins are also being used in leather products/ accessories such as shoes and bags. This is also something which we at ‚ÄúStop dog and cat fur‚ÄĚ fight against. That is why we ask you to help and support us in the following ways: By carefully studying articles/goods in which fur has been used. By not buying suspect articles/goods and by informing us about them on this website. By informing people around you. Are you willing to do more? Please, help us as a volunteer, a few hours a week or a month is enough.
Ivy van Oostrum
Founder of ‚ÄúStop dog and cat fur‚ÄĚ