This video of Angora rabbits screeching as Chinese fur-farmers rip off their pelts will make your blood boil. Chinese farms are responsible for over 90% of the world’s Angora wool, which is prized for its soft fibers and affordability compared to other luxury fabrics.
Now we’d like to point out that we haven’t exactly been avid supporters of PETA, seeing how they’re a quasi-terrorist cult far more heinous than many of the people they go after – really, PETA kills at least thousands of animals a year. And need we remind you that they have a knack for hyper-exaggerating and sensationalizing the prevalence of animals being skinned alive for the fur trade. Like former Editor James T. Griffiths points out, skinning an animal alive while it’s biting and struggling isn’t exactly practical.
But in this case, the rabbits are clearly plucked alive, a method that yields higher quality fur – something that’s not possible with many fur-bearing animals without ruining their pelts. This technique also reportedly allows each rabbit to be plucked multiple times. After they’ve outlived their usefulness, farmers often slit their throats.
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By Nick Peregrine