Stop Skinning Animals Alive for Fur

Target: Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Save millions of wild and domesticated animals from torture and death by the fur fashion industry.

Millions of animals, included cats and dogs, are killed each year by the fur industry. While we don’t intentionally kill cats and dogs in the U.S., thousands are killed in traps set for the purpose of catching fur industry animals and millions more are killed around the world and imported to the U.S.

Most notably, raccoon dogs have been documented by Born Free USA as being skinned alive. Their fur is frequently sold in the U.S. either falsely labeled as some other type of fur, faux fur, or not labeled at all.

On farm factories in the U.S. and around the world, countless millions of rabbits, foxes, mink, chinchillas, and other animals prized for their fur are forced to spend their entire lives in wire cages and then killed by anal electrocution, neck breaking, or gas chambers. This torture is all in the name of fashion. Whether it’s fur trim or a fur coat, an animal has suffered and died for its creation. This is utterly needless and must be stopped.

Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service they must implement and enforce laws to stop the slaughter of animals for their fur.


Dear Mr. Ashe,

The fur fashion industry in this country is responsible for torturing and killing millions of wild and domesticated animals each year. Raccoon dogs are skinned alive. Domesticated cats and dogs are accidently caught in brutal traps set by fur trappers and often bleed or starve to death before they’re discovered. This same horrible fate is suffered by any wild animal unlucky enough to get caught in these brutal devices.

Farmed rabbits, foxes, mink, chinchillas, and other fur animals spend their lives in wire cages only to be slaughtered by anal electrocution or other horrifying methods. This suffering and death is completely needless and must end. Trapping must be regulated so that it is solely for the purpose of food and in those instances the types of traps allowed must ensure no domesticated animal is accidently caught in its snares.

Fur is not a fashion statement; it’s murder. We demand the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service implement and enforce regulations protecting animals from the fur industry’s cruel practices.


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  1. Actually, most animals used for fur are electrocuted by walking over wire grates. Racoon dogs are (horrifyingly) skinned alive, in China, not the US. This petition has its heart in the right place but needs its facts checked. I won’t sign something with so many inaccuracies.

    • Denise Smith says:

      does it matter on being so pedantic – fur is wrong no matter how – what or where – why should an animal be reared for shear vanity and cruelty is involved no matter what !!!!

      • Teresa DePaula says:

        Andi – you are Insane to say you will not sign for some stupid reason – WHEN YOU KNOW ALL THE FUR killings are horrific torture on any animal!

    • Andi. Not only Racoon Dogs are skinned alive in China. Helpless and innocent cats, dogs and other fur animal are skinned alive in rotten China. They are the vilest and most evil and vile race of subhuman monsters Worldwide who torture defenseless and innocent animals in the vilest unimaginable torture and suffering that they can commit.
      I absolutely hate and detest these Chinese subhuman monsters who commit these horrific atrocities against innocent and helpless sentient beings.
      And I pray this Chinese human filth suffer in agony the same as their innocent victims.

  2. Catherine Dugan says:

    This is a cruel act! These poor defenseless animals need they’re fur more than people need fur coats!


  4. It specifically says imported, fur is imported from places then sold here, but America does trap animals for fur which is also cruel

  5. Disgusting. Ban the sale of fur products completely – so unnecessary these days. We need to keep targeting fashion companies and celebrities who think wearing fur is ok – because it’s not!

  6. I can’t believe we have to ask the director of
    the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to please
    help stop the unbearably cruel skinning of
    animals just for their fur — this should be
    a poaching crime, no matter who does it, no
    matter where… If trappers say their “liveli-
    hood” is threatened, since when is it alright
    to go out and kill any living being for money?
    And how can it be legal? Child pornography is
    not legal, no matter who tries to make a living from it… And sadly, if someone wants
    to run a bobcat fur farm, a mink or fox fur
    farm or any fur farm in America, the U.S. Fish
    and Wildlife Service will just label it a form
    of “agriculture” — can you even believe that?
    It’s what happened when PETA and other animal
    protection groups tried to stop a bobcat fur
    farm in Montana… The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
    Service deemed it alright for these people to
    raise and kill bobcats just for their fur, and
    ignored the thousands of comments speaking out
    against it… has a thorough
    brochure on fur farming in America, if you
    need to learn more about these sad facts…

  7. As another reader stated… I also watched a hidden camera in a China fur farm and wish I could unwatch it as well. The human race honestly makes me sick! I sign all these petitions to fight for the well being of our furry friends who do nothing to warrant the death sentence and torture they receive. In doing so, I have to read how truely sick and pathetic humans are! It makes me feel ashamed to be part of the human race. I’m so sorry all you beautiful poor little creatures of this earth. :'(

  8. unfathomably barbaric, and in the 21st Century when humans should know better.

  9. Guillaume LAURENCIN says:

    Stop skinning animals alive and even dead forever.

  10. Sickening and shameful that practices like these are allowed in this day and age. You would think that humans would be evolved by now, but, it seems just the opposite.
    Yes, China if full of despicable, cruel practices, but, the truth is the US isn’t much (if any) better.
    Factory farmed animals suffer much the same torture that animals in China (and other places) suffer. It’s not uncommon for factory farmed animals in the US to be fully conscious when the “processing” starts.
    It all needs to STOP!!!!

  11. Cecily Colloby says:

    Like Laureen Godin, I too cannot believe that such atrocious cruelty STILL goes on and we are STILL signing endless petitions to stop it. I can only hope that the vile bastards who do this-and the equally vile bastards who wear fur-have a hideous and agonising eternity in Hell….

  12. The WORLD needs to stop trading with China to teach them that this is not acceptable!

  13. Hmmm, not just a Chinese disease I see. All countries that do this need to stop!

  14. fur is worn best by the animals now.

  15. When someone wears fur, the knock on effect is stolen pets are skinned alive. Thus, if you wear fur you support this practice.
    That is what happens in China (The Daily Express newspaper did a video report of fur farms in China and in it animals are seen in cages still with their collars on awaiting their hellish fate).
    Due to the demand of fur, they set up hell holes were scum steal pets and sell them to these ‘farms’.
    Of course doing it to any animal awaiting that fate is amoral.
    And the west is not perfect. In the US 30 million animals a year are skinned for their fur.
    The demand is what should be targeted.
    The witch from Vogue who has had the same haircut for decades is one of the main reasons fur is more popular.
    Where are the activists that used to throw red paint on fur coats?
    The reason I mention stolen pets is because almost everyone is exposed to a pet of some sort. Empathy alone should be enough for someone to shun fur.

  16. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

  17. Patricia Dumais says:

    The only way to stop this is not to wear fur or leather. There are lots of realistic looking alternatives that look great, are easier to maintain and are far cheaper.

  18. Special candle for you ? my friends and Great Protection ?
    Nature treats back now ? bastards
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Live your nightmare now ?


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