Thursday, February 23, 2006

I Have Never In My Life Heard Anything This Cruel.

PETA's goal is to, by March 5, sign up 75,000 people to take the pledge to go fur-free. If you haven't already done so, please sign the pledge today, and tell everyone you know about the horrors of the fur trade and urge them to sign the pledge too. No animal abusers are more callous or arrogant than those in the fur trade. And the horrors that they force innocent animals to endure are unconscionable.
What their shocking undercover video footage of Chinese fur farms shows is awful, so please prepare yourself. All sorts of animals suffer, including raccoons, rabbits, minks, foxes, dogs, and cats. While animals are still alive and struggling desperately, workers flip them on their backs or hang them upside-down by their feet or tails to skin them. In one case, as workers began to cut skin and fur from a dog's leg, her free limbs kicked and writhed. When she struggled too much for the workers to get a clean cut, they threw her to the ground and stomped on her neck and head. When the fur was finally peeled over her head, her naked and bloody body was thrown onto a heap of carcasses. Some of the animals were still alive, breathing in ragged gasps and blinking slowly. Before they are skinned, animals are pulled from their cages, slammed against the wall, and thrown to the ground. Workers beat them with metal rods, causing broken bones and convulsions, but not always death. Meanwhile, the other animals watch helplessly from their cages, awaiting their turn. Please, please, please—help us stop this unimaginable cruelty today! However you feel about PETA, it's irrelevant. The baby animals need us!

No article has ever brought stinging tears to my eyes quite this quickly.

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