PETA Asia’s investigator found that terrified rabbits lived in urine-encrusted cages with feces piled up underneath them. One farm housed at least a thousand animals, and the other two had several thousand each.
Most of the rabbits were kept outside in all weather extremes.
The investigator didn’t see any rabbits receive veterinary care for skin problems or leg injuries, which is not uncommon on fur farms in China and across the world. This rabbit had a hind leg injury and was limping.
Rabbits arrived at the slaughterhouse in cramped wire cages stacked on flat-bed trucks. As seen in the video below, workers left them to struggle and thrash wildly after smacking them on the head with the back of a knife, hanging them upside down, and slitting their throats. They weren’t checked for signs of life before being skinned, and some were still kicking and twitching as the skin was torn off their bodies.
Help Stop Fur-Farm Cruelty
This case is hardly an anomaly: A previous PETA Asia investigation into a Chinese fur farm revealed that rabbits were shocked with electrical devices, causing them to scream in pain. No matter where it comes from—China, Sweden, the U.S., or anywhere else in the world—fur is always the product of a cruel industry. Please, refuse to wear or buy fur, and urge your family members and friends to do the same.
Retailers Revolve and Rent the Runway both sell products made with rabbit fur from China. Please ask Revolve clothing to drop fur immediately in favor of animal-friendly materials. Send David Pujades, COO of Revolve, an e-mail at [email protected] from your personal account. Use the form to send a message to Rent the Runway.