PETA Investigation Reveals That Badgers Were Illegally Taken From the Wild, Violently Killed on Chinese Badger-Hair Farms

For Immediate Release:
September 20, 2018

Beijing — A horrifying PETA video exposé of China’s badger-brush industry has revealed that “protected” badgers are illegally hunted and killed in the wild using snares and other cruel methods or captured and then confined to small cages on farms before being violently killed for paint, makeup, and shaving brushes sold by companies such as Amazon, Walmart, and others around the world. PETA is releasing its findings in the wake of reports that President Trump has added new tariffs on badger-hair imports to the U.S. from China.

PETA’s investigation—which is the first of its kind and encompasses Chinese badger-hair farms and live markets visited in 2017 and 2018—shows workers beating crying badgers on the head with anything they can find, including a chair leg, before slitting their throats. PETA documented that one badger continued to move for a full minute after his or her throat was cut and another was missing a foot, which the farm owner attributed to a fight with another badger caged nearby. Badgers on the farms were confined to tiny wire cages exposed to the elements, and the stressful conditions often led to injuries and severe psychological disorders.

“Gentle badgers were beaten with crude instruments, cut open, and left to die, all for badger-hair makeup and shaving brushes,” says PETA Vice President Jason Baker. “PETA is calling on companies and consumers alike to reject these hideous blood brushes and embrace animal-free ones that no one had to suffer and die for.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that brushes made with soft and luxurious synthetic bristles are widely available, cruelty-free, and in many ways superior to their animal-hair counterparts.

Photographs and broadcast-quality video footage from the investigation are available upon request. For more information, please visit