04 Oct '11, 4am

Raccoon Dogs Skinned Alive to Make Knockoff Uggs

Companies that produce leather and fur goods are no stranger to criticism from animal rights groups for their treatment of livestock -- but even standard industry practice seems humane in light of horrific scenes recorded at a fur farm in Indonesia. According to the Humane Society International (HSI), and as evidenced in shocking footage acquired by investigators, some breeders are skinning animals alive and using their fur to make cheap knockoffs of the popular Australian boot, known as uggs. An investigation from the HSI examined a variety of imported uggs (a style of footwear popularized by an Australian company of the same name), and found that they had been improperly labeled. Instead of being merino sheep, as suggested by the Chinese manufacturer, DNA results indicated the fur and leather boots were actually made from Raccoon dogs, a long-haired, fox-like species nat...

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