Raccoon Dogs Beaten and Skinned Alive & Enabled by Australian Trade Policy

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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  2. Disgusting!!Australia politicians, you are just as heartless, cruel and barberic as the Chinese, and I thought you were a civilized nation; I have no more respect for you than I do for any other country that sacrifices animals for money!!!!

  3. Audrey Falzon says:

    I am speechless. Are these people so heartless.

  4. maria pacheco says:

    PLEASE do what you can to stop this inhuman practice.

  5. Annette Barsby says:

    As long as mankind lives it will be evil, exploit and exterminate other species.It won’t be long before we are extinct as a result. Words escape me how evil some humans are.

  6. Teresa Hoskins says:

    As far as I am concerned, this treatment of animals
    is the work of the devil. God loves the animals he created and he would never want anyone to harm them.
    If you don’t answer in this life, you will answer to him.
    STOP THE KILLING AND TORTURE! How would you like to be done this way?

  7. moe handley says:

    this is a disgrace innocent lives being tortured …how would we feel if it was us we all feel pain all living creatures..such barbaric acts

  8. Andrea Mack says:

    Skinning animals alive is barbaric and archaic. The Western World should lead the rest of the world in banning this cruel, painful practice~ NOW!

  9. Dany Labeaume says:

    Quest-ce qu`on attend pour anéantir ce peuple ??

  10. didi magnin says:

    This is the most horrific video I’ve ever seen..when the raccoon dog, skinned alive, lifts it’s head…

  11. WHat in the he.. is wrong with people? No wonder this world is in the shape it is there is NO COMPASSION for anything or anyone. These “people” need to be culled out….
    This makes ME SICK

  12. This is so sick and I am horrified beyond belief!!! Stop this now!!!NOW!!! Monsters do this kind of stuff!!! INHUMAN CRUELTY!!!!!!!! Tina Wooten For Dogs

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