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China dog and cat fur farms, and McCartney boycott
DawnWatch: China dog and cat fur farms, and McCartney boycott, in New York Times 11/29/05
A piece in the "Arts, Briefly" section of the Tuesday, November 29, New York Times, tells us that Paul McCartney will be boycotting China:
"McCartney to Avoid China
After viewing surreptitiously filmed images of dogs and cats in China being killed for their fur, Paul McCartney said he would never perform there and would boycott the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the BBC reported. The film, shot this summer by an undercover investigator connected to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, shows animals in cages being thrown from a bus, and into boiling water. 'I wouldn't even dream of going over there to play, in the same way I wouldn't go to a country that supported apartheid,' Sir Paul said. 'This is just disgusting. It's just against every rule of humanity. I couldn't go there.' A Chinese official said boycotts were not justified and blamed American and European consumers for buying the fur."
And of course the Chinese officials have a point.
If you have never seen the Chinese dog and cat fur video, please watch it at http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs.asp?video=jcruel_china_dog
It isn't fun to watch, but it would jump-start anybody out of apathy with regard to the fur trade, or away from the idea that wearing fur is a reasonable "personal choice" that animal advocates just happen not to make.
The PETA site also has footage of other fur bearing animals being bashed and stunned, but skinned while still conscious and struggling, at http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs.asp?video=fur_farm
And there is loads of information at http://www.furisdead.com/feat/ChineseFurFarms, including:
"China supplies more than half of the finished fur garments imported for sale in the United States. Even if a fur garment's label says it was made in a European country, the animals were likely raised and slaughtered elsewhere—possibly on an unregulated Chinese fur farm."
McCartney's stance and the Times piece on it provide a great opportunity for letters to the editor against fur as fashion. The New York Times takes letters at letters [at] nytimes.com The wealth of fur ads in your local paper can also be used as a jump-off point for a letter to the editor, in which you might mention the horrendous footage you and McCartney have seen and the large percentage of fur that comes from China.
Don't hesitate to ask me for help if you have any trouble finding the correct address for a letter to your editor. And I am always happy to edit letters.
Always include your full name, address, and daytime phone number when sending a letter to the editor. Shorter letters are more likely to be published.
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