Investigation in China Reveals Rabbits Screaming in Pain as Their Fur Is Ripped From Their Bodies
For Immediate Release:
20 November 2013
Hong Kong – As shoppers and retailers gear up for the busiest shopping time of the year, PETA Asia is unveiling an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look into the angora fur industry. The video, which was shot by a PETA investigator in China – the source of 90 per cent of the world’s angora fur – reveals workers violently ripping the fur out of rabbits’ skin as the animals scream in pain. After their fur is yanked out, the gentle, sensitive rabbits are left in shock, able only to lie motionless inside their tiny, filthy cages. After they endure this process every three months for two to five years, their throats are slit and their skin is ripped from their bodies. The footage can be viewed at PETAAsiaPacific.com.
PETA is asking its supporters worldwide to circulate the footage via social media so that holiday shoppers can see what an “angora” label really means.
“PETA is appealing to shoppers in the lead-up to Christmas and the Chinese New Year”, says PETA Asia Vice President Jason Baker. “Please take the time to read the label on that sweater or scarf. If it says ‘angora,’ remember the gentle rabbits whose fur was cruelly ripped out of their skin – and then leave the item on the rack.”
Rabbits who have their fur cut or sheared also suffer: during the cutting process, their front and back legs are tightly tethered – a terrifying experience for any prey animal – and the sharp cutting tools inevitably wound them as they struggle desperately to escape. All the rabbits spend their solitary lives in barren wire cages that harm their sensitive feet. They’re denied solid flooring, bedding and the vital companionship of other rabbits.