Disneyland Japan Stops Sale Of Fur Following PETA Appeal

Items Made With Fox and Rabbit Skins Dropped After Group Explains Suffering and Agonizing Deaths of Animals

For Immediate Release:

March 13, 2014

Tokyo — Compassionate visitors to Disneyland Japan no longer have to worry about being confronted with items made of fur. That’s because after learning from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia and concerned citizens throughout the country about the torment and painful killing of animals used for their skins, the theme park has banned all fur items for good. According to complaints received by PETA, Disneyland vendors were selling items such as bags and hats made with fox and rabbit fur.

“Disneyland made the right choice because there’s no place for fur and the suffering it entails at a park that’s synonymous with fun,” says PETA Asia Director Jason Baker. “We’re asking entertainment venues and retailers worldwide to follow Disneyland’s lead by going fur-free.”

Animals trapped for their fur endure excruciating pain before they are killed by trappers, who stomp on the animals’ chests or break their necks. On fur farms, animals spend their entire lives in tiny, filthy cages before workers kill them by breaking their necks or using poison or anal electrocution. In China—which is now the world’s largest fur exporter—animals who are killed for their fur are often skinned alive. Video footage recorded on a Chinese fur farm shows that workers pulled rabbits out of cages by their ears and stunned the screaming animals with electrical devices. Rabbits watched as other rabbits had their throats cut and their heads and paws cut off with knives before their skin was peeled off their bodies.

In another investigation, workers at fur farms in China slammed foxes and raccoon dogs to the ground before skinning them—some of the animals were shown still panting and blinking after being skinned. Each year, millions of cats and dogs in China are strangled or bled to death for their fur, which is often mislabeled as the fur of other species before it is exported.

For more information, please visit PETAAsiaPacific.com.