In 2004, an estimated 2 million cats and dogs thanked
the Prime Minister and the Customs Minister after they announced the ban of the
import of products made from cat and dog fur into Australia. So too did the 70,000 Australians who signed
Humane Society International’s petition to the Prime Minister calling for the
ban. This followed the exposure of the
horrific cruelty involved in the global cat and dog fur trade in a 2003
undercover investigation lasting 18 months, and discovering the grisly products
on sale in Australia.
Today an estimated 10 million cats and dogs are slaughtered for fur, driven by an
increase in demand in the last few years.
HSI’s investigation revealed appalling abuses at fur farms in Asia and
the public response was overwhelming, attracting the biggest outcry every seen
from an HSI campaign. Australia’s import
ban followed countries like the United States, Italy, Denmark, France, and
Sweden, that had already acted to ban cat and dog fur or have laws passing
through their legislatures.
Despite the ban, illegal
imports are reaching Australian retailers, mainly from China where there are no
laws to protect animals from cruelty.
Under the cover of ‘legal’ fur imports, our investigations have
established that dog and cat fur is
entering Australia in huge quantities.
The International trade in dog and cat fur is
increasing and the level of cruelty this industry tolerates is horrendous. The industry makes no distinction between
strays and pets, rounding up any they can find.
There has even been an escalation in the kidnapping of domestic cats and
dogs in Asia which demonstrates the tragedy behind the horrific market, some
even still wearing their collars. HSI is sure you find it as unacceptable as
we do that someone’s family pet could be gracing the collar or trim of a
garment in your wardrobe. Animals
are killed in the most inhumane ways possible, and many are skinned alive to
save time and preserve their pelts.
As there is no requirement to identify the species
that has been killed on the garment label, there is no way of knowing what you
are wearing. The Asian markets are aware we are not likely to buy domestic pet fur,
so it may be labelled rabbit, specify no species at all, or even labelled faux
Many stores are now aware of the extent of the cruelty
of this trade and have refused to stock fur, and HSI hopes you too will
consider the abhorrent cruelty these animals are subjected to in the name of
fashion. You can learn more about HSI's investigation into this horrible trade here. If you want to find out what
you can do to help to put a stop to this trade, click here
For more information on the fur industry, please follow the links below
The Fur Trade - Home Page
The Fur Industry
What You Can Do To Help
Fur Free Retailer List
Fur Free Fashion Designers
Sign Fur Free Supporter Pledge
Celebrity Fur Files
Stores and Designers selling real fur
The Exotic Skin Trade
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