Humane Society International (HSI) has confirmed fears that the Australian Government is failing to enforce a ban on Cat and Dog Fur coming into Country. Independent Scientific Tests at three (3) different labs have proven retail outlets in Australia, including major department stores, are not only selling garments trimmed with Dog Fur, but also laced with Hexavalent Chromium a proven Carcinogenic, an agent directly involved in causing Cancer.
This is despite a ban the Howard Government imposed against the importation of Cat and Dog fur in 2004 following the overwhelming public outcry when HSI first exposed the cruel trade. Correspondence with the current Government shows they are not taking it seriously.
Adding insult to injury, the University of NSW Analytical Centre has now uncovered dangerously high levels of toxicity in the leather from the Fur vests that tested positive as Dog. Hexavalent chromium or toxic chromium in the Fur vests was up to 733 times higher than recommended levels.
Hexavalent chromium is classified as a Class 1 Human Carcinogen by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Hexavalent Chromium is also on the National Pollutant Inventory list, and reported to usually be highly toxic.
Fur vests are a popular fashion item this season and the trend is predicted to increase next winter. The Fur is often “Mislabeled” as Rabbit Fur or often made up names like Gae Wolf, Katzenfelt or Rex Rabbit, or just as “Fur” without the animal being specified.
Our undercover investigation* in China revealed the Heart Breaking Cruelty Dogs Suffer in the Fur farms. Dogs are skinned alive to preserve their pelts and pet dogs are often kidnapped for the trade.
*Warning the footage in this video may be disturbing to some viewers
HSI urges the Government to take the import ban seriously and direct Customs to undertake proper enforcement. We are also calling for immediate changes to labelling laws that would ensure that all fur products are labelled with the species and country of origin so that consumers, and retailers, are not misled.
“Despite bans on the importation of cat and dog fur being implemented back in 2004, following our global campaign, seven years later it would appear that these items have once again infiltrated our borders,” states Verna Simpson, HSI Director.
“When we go public on this issue the response is overwhelming, attracting by far the largest outcry of all the animal causes HSI has ever championed. Australian consumers certainly don’t want to purchase dog and cat fur products and most Australian retailers do not want to be at risk of selling it. It is unfortunate that the Minister has not intervened, to ensure the gaps allowing these illegal products onto the Australian market are closed immediately, and not pushed for tighter labelling laws to protect both consumers and retailers,” says Verna Simpson, HSI Director.
“There is no doubt there is dog fur entering Australia again this winter. We have absolute faith in the tests we conducted and the scientists engaged are beyond reproach. The sad fact is that dogs are still being horrifically killed in China for the Australian fashion market and retailers and consumers are still being deceived,” Verna Simpson states.
Protection 4 Animals supports the total banning of the Fur Trade. Currently while officially Dog and Cat Fur is banned in many countries, this does not apply to the Raccoon Dogs being Skinned Alive for their Fur.
Then the Fur is Slowly Torn from their bodies in the most agonising and sickening way. They are then thrown to one side where they suffer the most horrendous deaths, that can last up to 3 hours.
Please Sign Our Petition To Stop Raccoon Dogs Being Skinned Alive and Suffering a Slow, Sickening, Horrendous Deaths. Click Here To Sign Our Petition These poor animals need your support, tell all your friends and family, thank you.
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