years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
An EU-wide ban on the trade in cat and dog fur will come into effect on 31 December 2008. This is great news for dogs and cats and will, we hope, have a dramatic effect on the number of companion animals killed in China for the fur trade, currently estimated to be over 2 million dogs and cats per year.
Due to intense lobbying by Animals Asia and other animal welfare groups and thanks to your support through your letter-writing and contact with your local MEPS, the ban was passed with no proposed exemptions that would have allowed the possibility for cat and dog fur to be placed on the EU market provided that the fur product was (a) “labelled as originating from cats or dogs that have not been bred or killed for fur production”, or (b) constituted “personal or household effects” introduced into, or exported from, the European Community.
Long-standing friend of Animals Asia, Struan Stevenson MEP said: “It is music to my ears to hear this decision, it has taken eight years to get this far. About two million cats and dogs are killed in China alone to supply the fashion market in Europe with items such as toy cats, bought by unsuspecting buyers not realising that they have been made out of real cat and dog skin. The trade also uses cat skins to make collars for trim for parka hoods, ski boots and ski glove linings.”
Sadly, although this declaration has the ability to prevent the brutal death of millions of cats and dogs being cruelly tortured in the name of fashion, it may mean that other animals will take their place if the demand for fur remains. We therefore remain committed to raising awareness of the fur trade regardless of the species of animal involved, and will continue to urge EU shops not to sell any fur items.
Animals Asia will also continue to work to end the brutal slaughter and consumption of millions of companion animals.
Our aim is to collect 75,000 petition signatures, representing the estimated average number of dogs and cats eaten every day in China. The petitions will be handed to the Chinese Ambassador. We currently have over 25,000 signatures, one third of the number we need. If you would like to help us by distributing and collecting signatures, please download a Friends or Food? Petition.
It is essential that we maintain pressure on the Chinese Government in order to improve the lives of animals. With your help we will make a difference!