A group of masked protestors took to the streets wearing shorts and some teeny-tiny briefs in downtown Taiyuan, Shanxi province on Saturday to protest the killing of animals for fur.
With signs reading “No to fur” and “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” (seemingly echoing the PETA campaign that has featured a number of celebrities posing naked for the cause), the small but noble effort caught the attention of passersby and reporters.
Around 85 percent of the world’s fur comes from farms, and China is the largest exporter of fur clothing as well as the largest fur trade and processing base in the world, according to the Swiss Animal Protection SAP. Red and arctic foxes, raccoon dogs, mink and rabbits are some of the wild species bred for fur in the country.
Last year, PETA published a shocking video exposing practices used at Chinese fur farms. The footage shows Angora rabbits screeching as the fur-farmers rip off their pelts while they’re still alive. China’s farms are responsible for over 90 percent of the world’s Angora wool, prized for its soft fibers and affordability.