New PETA Investigation Exposes Chinese Dog-Leather Industry; Products Made Of Dog Skin Enter Global Marketplace
Terrified Dogs Rounded Up, Bludgeoned, and Skinned—Not Only for Meat but Also for Gloves, Belts, Jacket Collar Trim, Cat Toys, and Other Accessories
For Immediate Release:
December 18, 2014
Beijing — A PETA Asia investigator has obtained never-before-seen video footage of the dog-leather industry in eastern China. Workers in Jiangsu province, where dog slaughter is a regional trade, grabbed terrified dogs with a metal noose, clubbed them, and slit their throats. The animals’ skin was then cut off, and PETA Asia’s investigator saw workers peel the skin off dogs who were still alive. The investigator also documented that dog skin was turned into women’s fashion gloves, men’s work gloves, shoes, and other products that are exported around the world.
The pain and terror went beyond the kill floor. Dogs who were next in line for slaughter wailed and barked because a worker was hitting them in an effort to get them to walk slower.
“Now that so many mass-market retailers are importing cheap leather from China, who can tell if that trim or those leather gloves or wallets are made out of dog skin or not?” asks PETA Vice President Jason Baker. “PETA is calling on shoppers worldwide to remember the terrified, stolen dogs who are being bludgeoned and skinned—and take leather off their shopping lists over the Christmas and Chinese New Year holidays and every day.”
A dog slaughterer told PETA Asia’s investigator that the facility bludgeoned and skinned 100 to 200 dogs a day. About 300 dogs are kept in the compound, and some can be seen frantically climbing over one another in an attempt to escape the packed holding chamber. Although the dog-meat industry in China is well known, this is the first time that PETA has captured the production of Chinese dog leather on camera.
In addition to the animal suffering inherent in the leather industry, tanneries are notorious for polluting the surrounding land and water. And tannery workers are often exposed to excessive amounts of deadly chemicals, including arsenic.