Perhaps you have heard the rumors that animals such as cats, dogs, raccoons, and rabbits are being skinned alive in China. This might horrify you and you probably wonder why the animals are being skinned alive. You might even be curious to know if it is true, and want to know more. I assure you this article does not contain graphic images of animals being killed.
It's true, cats, dogs, raccoons, and rabbits, are being skinned alive in China. There are videos of this all over the Internet (some filmed and released by credible sources such as the Humane Society) and no real reason to show those here. Some Chinese believe that when an animal dies in such a way its magical powers or special qualities go into the person that killed it, or that ate it. The animals are raised in factory farm type situations much like we do with some livestock.
To note China is not the only place that skins animals alive but they are receiving a lot of attention about it. We must remember that even the United States does not have humane slaughter laws for rabbits.
What Happens to Animals Skinned Alive in China?
Mostly the meat of the animals is eaten. Consumed as close to the time of death as possible. This is according to their beliefs in that the fresher the meat is when eaten the more power a person gets from that specific animal.
The skin and fur of these animals is another matter.
The pelts of the animals skinned alive are often sold to other countries. This is typical for the rabbit pelts and raccoon pelts. The dog and cat pelts are either made into clothing sold within China, or made into products for export. Recently Chinese made knock off Ugg boots (which are normally made in Australia) were found to be using fur of German Shepherd dogs and/or raccoons. Normally the Ugg boots use Sheep skins.
© photo by author, there were roughly 50 toys similar to this at this particular market in Canada, shaped as cats, dogs, chickens, and other animals.
What is far more common is that the skins, mostly of cats, and rabbits, are turned into toys, stuffed animals to be specific. Parts of various skins are formed into tiny cats, dogs, rabbits, and other animals. Depending on the animal they are trying to duplicate the skin can also be that of dog, or raccoon.
These toys are then sold world wide. I myself have seen them at markets, and in shops, throughout Canada, and know they are also sold within the United States and the UK.
The Ugg boots in reference are often sold at reduced prices of the original, or via sites such as eBay.
Resource Link the Daily Mail – Reporting on the use of dogs skinned alive to be used to make fake Ugg Boots.