China is the largest consumer and producer of fur products in the world. As a nation, it is responsible for the slaughter of approximately two million cats and dogs for their skins each year, as well as millions of other animals, including mink, foxes and rabbits. While the fur industry is declining in some parts of the world, it is growing in China due to low-cost production methods based on a lack of animal welfare regulations and lax environmental standards. In recent years, fur clothing has become a status symbol for women of all ages, with its popularity also extending to men.
Why does ACTAsia educate consumers on fur, not dog meat or animals in entertainment?
The fur business is just one of many industries in China that rely on the exploitation and suffering of millions of animals every year. ACTAsia sees the fur issue as a good starting point for raising awareness of animal suffering in a culture where there is little understanding of animal sentience. The level of cruelty is extreme and shocking, and the end product is a luxury rather than a necessity.
Will “Fur Free China” have an impact on the production of other consumer goods?
ACTAsia believes that by educating the public about the fur industry, people may begin to question the production methods behind other consumer goods, including food and entertainment. Using education rather than confrontation, the “Fur Free China” program will empower consumers to make their own compassionate choices.