This is the chilling opening of a new video on China’s dog trade and the footage delivers — the grim conditions in which dogs are killed and skinned will horrify even the most hardened viewers.
To make matters worse, the filmmakers warn that we all may be part of it — the leather goods, such as gloves and shoes that we buy, may be made out of dogs slaughtered in terrible conditions in factories in China. The dog skin produced in the slaughterhouses is used in products, labeled real leather, which are destined for export to the West, according to People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) — the animal rights group, which has taken the footage.
The video shows workers standing by a door at a slaughterhouse in the northern Chinese province of Hebei. As dogs are led through the door, the men bludgeon them to death with heavy sticks. It sometimes takes several blows to kill an animal. Meat hooks are seen swaying ominously in the foreground of the upsetting video. PETA’s investigator saw workers at the slaughterhouse peel the skin off dogs who were still alive. PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk said:
PETA is sure that Britain, Australia and the U.S. are not exempt from the dog leather trade. Many British high-street retailers are importing cheap leather from China, so products made from dog skin are almost certainly on the shelves and in people’s wardrobes.
The trouble is that, without expensive DNA tests, it is all but impossible to know precisely what kind of animal leather any given product is made from. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A dog is led out into the slaughter-yard in the Chinese factory. A man with a stick stands ready to kill it. Other animals lie dead on the ground. Sometimes it takes several blows to finish off the unwitting animals.
2. The carcasses of dogs hang in the slaughter-yard, the ground thick with their blood. PETA Asia’s investigator saw workers peel the skin off dogs who were still alive.
3. A pair of gloves made using dog skin. With dog meat restaurants popular in many parts of the country, several establishments later sell the animals’ skin to leather producers, which likely sell to Western stores.
4. A pile of dog corpses on the back of a van. Their skin is being used to make gloves, shoes and other leather products at a factory in China, reports an animal rights charity.
Ms. Newkirk said:
Skin looks the same, whoever it comes from, and Chinese dog killers are not likely to advertise their skins honestly, so it’s impossible to tell if those leather gloves or wallets are made out of dog, cow, pig, or goat skin.
PETA is calling on British shoppers to consider the terror that dogs and other animals endure when they’re mercilessly slaughtered and make the safe, vegan choice in clothing and accessories for the holidays and every day.
PETA said that, during a year-long investigation into the slaughter of dogs and the production of dog skin, it had visited three slaughterhouses and six processing plants in central China.
Although the dog-meat trade in China is well known and shocking documentaries have been produced before, this is the first time the production of Chinese dog leather has been caught on camera.
5. Dog hides drying in a room in the Hebei factory. PETA and other rights groups say dogs are slaughtered throughout the country, with regulations on animal slaughter poorly enforced.
6. News agency Reuters confirmed the use of dog skin during a visit to an open-air leather processing workshop, where workers stretched washed dog skins, to dry in the sun.
7. PETA and other rights groups say dogs are slaughtered throughout the country, with regulations on animal slaughter poorly enforced.
8. Officials of the quasi-governmental China Leather Industry Association declined to be interviewed, saying they had no knowledge of dogs being used in leather production.
Here is the video itself:
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