For Immediate Release:
25 November 2013
Investigation in China Reveals Rabbits Screaming in Pain as Their Fur Is Ripped From Their Bodies
Mumbai – Just in time for winter, PETA Asia is unveiling an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look into the angora fur industry. Angora fur can be found in sweaters and accessories, including those commonly sold in India. The video, shot by a PETA Asia 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 broadcast-quality video footage can be found here, and the video can be pre-viewed here.
“PETA India is appealing to shoppers this winter”, says PETA India CEO Poorva Joshipura. “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.
In China, there are no penalties for animal abuse on rabbit farms and no standards that regulate the treatment of animals.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.