Target: Australian government
Goal: Stop the import of raccoon dog fur, the product of animal abuse and torture.
Australian made Ugg Boots came under fire recently when the Humane Society exposed that certain products labeled as Uggs were made of raccoon dog fur instead of the marketed sheepskin. Raccoon dogs are raised in horrible conditions in China and then beaten and skinned alive for their fur. Tell the Australian government that by refusing to ban raccoon dog fur, they are sending the message that these inhumane methods are okay.
Upon the Humane Society’s discovery, a spokesperson for Ugg Boots insisted that the company uses local tanneries and that any product with Raccoon dog fur that is labeled as Australian and Ugg’s was not legitimate. Whether this is the truth or not, the Australian government’s statements exposed their callous approach towards the import of raccoon dog fur. A representative of the government stated that the country only bans imports of endangered animals and plants and would not move to ban raccoon dog fur in the future. Raccoon dogs are beaten and often skinned alive at farms in China. Europe has banned the import of raccoon dog fur and Lord & Taylor has banned the sale of any products containing the fur in their stores in the US. However, the Australian government’s minimal standards for imported products means that the fur can enter the country without any problems. The Australian government needs to take a stand for these poor creatures and ban the import of their fur immediately. This would help curtail the manufacturing of imitation Ugg Boots that are still made in Australia but are using raccoon dog fur.
Dear Prime Minister Julia Gillard,
The recent discovery that certain products labeled as “Australian made” and bearing the label “Ugg” were in fact made from raccoon dog fur instead of sheepskin exposed an unfortunate lapse in the trade policies of Australia. While the Australian government bans the importation of endangered animals and species and has a harsh fine for mislabeled imports, the government has turned a blind eye to the plight of the raccoon dog. These dogs are raised in horrible conditions in China and are then beaten and skinned alive for their fur.
By refusing to ban raccoon dog fur imports (as the EU did in 2008), Australia is sending the message that the products of animal cruelty and torture are okay. To prevent any further confusion about products that are labeled as “Australian made” containing raccoon dog fur, please ban the import of this deadly product.
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