December 31, 2008
Humane Society International/UK and The HSUS Welcome EU Ban on Cat and Dog Fur Imports and Exports
Humane Society International/UK and The Humane Society of the United States welcome a European Union ban on the import, export and trade of cat and dog fur that will become effective on 1st January.
The ban, spurred by international outrage about images of dogs and cats being callously killed for their fur, was passed by a unanimous vote of the European Parliament on 19th June 2007.
"Every year, the fur of millions of cats and dogs in China and other parts of Asia is made into garments and exported for sale in other countries," said Mark Glover, director of Humane Society International/UK. "The ban will ensure that EU citizens are not unknowingly contributing to this gruesome and cruel practice."
In the late 1990s, Humane Society International and The HSUS conducted an 18-month investigation into China's fur industry. Evidence was obtained that the fur of dogs and cats were used to make garments that were exported to foreign markets. Investigators captured unsettling images that included a German shepherd dog being skinned alive in public view and cats being slowly strangled to death in front of their terrified cagemates.
HSI/HSUS investigators found garments made with dog or cat fur on sale in Australia, Europe and the United States; these were often falsely labelled (as other animals or even as "fake fur") likely because consumers would refuse to purchase the fur of companion animals.
The import, export and sale of dog and cat fur was banned in the United States in 2000 as a result of the undercover HSI/HSUS investigations, and Australia followed with its own ban shortly thereafter.
In China, a country which has no animal welfare laws, dogs, cats, raccoon dogs and other animals are openly and legally slaughtered often in cruel ways. China is the largest exporter of fur in the world. By closing foreign markets for dog and cat fur, Chinese fur businesses will have fewer places to market their products.
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