Fake Uggs: made of raccoon dog fur, still ugly  »

Britain just found out
that many knockoff Ugg boots are made with poor, tortured raccoon dogs’ skin (exceptionally disturbing video, it’s not new though so I’m not posting it). I’m not sure why this footage is circulating now but it made its way to Time.

I’m always glad when the mainstream gets enlightened to cruelty, but this footage of raccoon dogs being tortured at fur farms is from 2009. My guess is it’s making the rounds now because the connection to fake Uggs is new. All the same, it’s getting attention! And it should; that shit is sick. Skinned alive? Just the words seriously make me want to vom, never mind the footage. The footage itself is seared into my brain forever.

I was in London last fall and Ugg boots were in full effect. They were EVERYWHERE. Much more common than I see in NYC or SF. But it’s not just the Brits who may unwittingly be buying raccoon dog fur:

Imports of domestic dog and cat fur are also banned in the U.S., but it’s possible that these brands of boots have infiltrated American markets as well. This isn’t the first time that raccoon dog fur has been found in clothing stateside. In fact, a 2008 Humane Society report found that 70 percent of falsely advertised or mislabeled fur-trimmed jackets contained fur from the raccoon dog, despite knowledge of the inhumane treatment of the animals.

Of course we know that all fur should be banned, and that’s what British activists are calling for. Clearly by that 70 percent figure, you can’t trust what kind of fur you’re buying (you know you gotta get the “right” fur), so ban it all, dummies! For real, right? The truth omnis won’t acknowledge here and everywhere is that unless you go to the farm yourself, you have no idea what really goes on there. Sorry, omnis, labels shmabels. 

[Instead of the video, I offer the adorbs pic of two raccoon dogs from Wikipedia. They look like a cross between raccoons and mini-bears, no?]

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