Ever seen rabbit’s foot keychains? You won’t believe how they’re made:
On fur farms in China, workers hack off rabbits’ feet while the animals are still alive and hit them in the head before slitting their throats and tearing off their fur.
China is currently the largest producer and consumer of fur products, and it has no animal protection laws. PETA’s eyewitness investigations have repeatedly documented that fur farmers confine animals to filthy wire cages—often without access to necessities such as food and clean water—and that they use the cheapest available killing methods, including suffocation, anal and vaginal electrocution, gassing, poisoning, and even skinning animals alive. If animals in cages die, their starving cagemates may eat their bodies to stay alive.
Animals on fur farms are deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them—such as opportunities to forage, swim, or climb—because they’re forced to spend their entire lives confined to cramped, barren wire cages. Some animals even cannibalize themselves, chewing into their own limbs or tails because of the constant psychological and physical torment that they endure in such intense confinement.
Whether fur comes from China or other parts of the world, it involves extreme cruelty to animals. There’s simply no excuse to support this vicious industry.
What You Can Do
Stopping the horrific cruelty on China’s fur farms is not possible from a legal standpoint, because there are no penalties for the abuse of animals farmed for their fur there. If you see someone with a rabbit’s foot keychain, ask them to watch this video. Remember, every fur trinket, fur coat, and bit of fur trim on a collar caused animals tremendous suffering—and destroyed their lives. Please pledge to be fur-free today.