Global fur industry declares war on animal rights groups over “fake” video showing animal brutally skinned alive

Δημιουργήθηκε 06 Μαρτίου 2019

Fur trade, worth $30 billion a year blames video for fashion fur bans

The global fur trade is hitting back against claims that animals are skinned alive for their pelts to supply the fashion industry

A team of top lawyers and media consultants has been hired to “explode the myth” that fur is taken from animals.

The 2009 video - seen below – went viral when it showed in excruciating detail a raccoon being skinned alive for its fur.

But investigators hired by the International Fur Federation (IFF) say they have unearthed damning evidence that the video was a stunt.

And they have released a documentary film exposing the culprits behind the major international conspiracy to destroy the reputation of the fur trade.

The documentary was produced by a retired senior producer for ITV news in the UK, who was responsible for some of the broadcaster’s biggest undercover scoops in a 20 year career.

The gruesome 2009 footage, captioned, ‘A shocking look inside Chinese fur farms’ caused widespread public revulsion and led to fur being dropped from the catwalk by Gucci and Burberry.

Legislators have also used the footage to try to implement fur bans in various regions.

After years of silence on the controversial footage, the fur trade says it now has “irrefutable proof” that the barbaric act was staged by animal rights activists in a deliberate attempt damage the industry.

The IFF sent a team to China to investigate and the men who skinned the animal alive were tracked down to a rural area outside Beijing.

The IFF says the men confessed on video that they had been bribed by a woman, understood to be an animal rights activist, to carry out the horrific stunt.

The two men provided a lawyer with sworn affidavits which the IFF says is damning evidence of a conspiracy to damage their industry.

The two men, Ma Hong She and Su Feng Gang, were working in the Shancun fur market, a few hours drive from Beijing in 2009, when they were approached with a bribe.

Mr Ma said: “We were working that day and a man, and a woman approached us.

“They had a camera and were filming.

“We asked what “are you doing?”, and the woman said her grandfather had never seen a raccoon skinned alive.

“So, she asked if I would do it, and she’d like to film me doing so.

“I told her we can’t do that because the animal might bite us.

“She said she’d buy us a good lunch, or she’d give us a few hundred Yuan to buy our own lunch.

“After we finished the skinning we felt uncomfortable. It was cruel for the animal.

“Even now, after so many years, every time I think about what we did it makes me uncomfortable.

“It is something we regret.

“This video was posted on-line. When we saw the video, we felt unwell just to realise that we had been used by these people.

“I worked in the skinning area for two years. We’d never skin animals alive, and I’ve never seen anyone skin an animal alive.

“When they came to us they enticed us to make this video and it has badly affected the fur market.

“We really hate them. They are fake animal protestors.

” Mr Su added: “Mr Ma was my boss and he wanted me to skin the animal alive, but I said it was too cruel, and how much pain would the racoon feel.

“Ma said they’d give us a lot of money – so I did it.

“While I was skinning the raccoon, the woman was filming.

“The man went to another stall and was also filming.

“After a while Ma came to me and showed me the video, and I said, ‘we have been used by these people’.

“When I realised they had shared the video on-line to everyone and knowing how it had hugely affected the fur industry, I hated them.”


Mark Oaten, IFF CEO, said: “We have endured 13 years of lies and smears against our industry but we have finally ended this once and for all. We aim to explode the myth with irrefutable proof that the animal rights movement is behind a cynical stunt to discredit our industry.

“We even know the identity of the animal rights movement behind it and we will be exposing them in due course.

“We do not skin animals alive and animal rights activists are aware of this. This is why they have had to stoop to bribery and to try to damage our industry.

“We want to send a clear signal to anyone who seeks to deny consumers the freedom of choice by these quite wicked and frankly, twisted tactics - if we find you out, we are coming for you and we will expose you.

And if you repeat this behaviour, we will sue you for damages.

“Our industry is no longer prepared to sit back and allow these fanatics to march into the boardrooms of designers and bandy around a rag-bag package of lies and prejudice about our business.

“My team has gathered a solid dossier and we look forward to challenging every animal rights group which uses it.”

Note to newsdesk:

Skinning alive video here:

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PETA’s use of skinning alive video here:

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Possible sidebar

PETA has caused widespread outrage over the years with a series of controversial statements by CEO Ingrid Newkirk.

“Even if animal research
resulted in a cure for AIDS,
we’d be against it,”
             —Ingrid Newkirk

“Eating meat is primitive, barbaric, and arrogant.”
Washington City Paper, 1985 December 20

“Six million people died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughterhouses.”
The Washington Post, 1983 November 13

“That's what the Nazis did, isn't it? Treated those "others" they thought subhuman by making them lab subjects and so on. Even the Nazis didn't eat the objects of their derision.”
"Mother Nature", The Observer 2003 June 22 [4]

“I’m not only uninterested in having children. I am opposed to having children. Having a purebred human baby is like having a purebred dog; it is nothing but vanity, human vanity.”
New Yorker magazine, April 23 2003

“While the final decision as to the use of my body remains with PETA, I make the following suggested directions:

“While the final decision as to the use of my body remains with PETA, I make the following suggested directions:
a) That the 'meat' of my body, or a portion thereof, be used for a human barbecue, to remind the world that the meat of a corpse is all flesh, regardless of whether it comes from a human being or another animal and that flesh foods are not needed.
b) That my skin, or a portion thereof, be removed and made into leather products, such as purses, to remind the world that human skin and the skin of other animals is the same and that neither is 'fabric' or needed.
c) That my feet be removed and umbrella stands or other ornamentation be made from them, as a reminder of the depravity of killing innocent animals, such as elephants, in order that we might use their body parts for household items and decorations.
d) That my eyes be removed, mounted and delivered to the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency as a reminder that Peta will continue to be watching the agency until it stops poisoning and torturing animals in useless and cruel experiments.
e) That my pointing finger be delivered to Kenneth Feld, the owner of Ringling Brothers or to a circus museum, to stand as the 'Greatest Accusation on Earth' on behalf of the countless animals who have been deprived of all that is natural and pleasant to them, abused and forced into involuntary servitude for the sake of cheap entertainment.”
Ingrid Newkirk's will, quoted in "Mother Nature", The Observer 2003 June 22 [5]

“In the end, I think it would be lovely if we stopped this whole notion of pets altogether.”
Newsday, 1988 February 21.

“Pet ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought about by human manipulation.”
Harper's, 1988 August 1.

“We are complete press sluts.”
The New Yorker, 2003 April 14.

“I know it's illegal [trespassing], but I don't think it's wrong.”
Montgomery County, MD, Journal 1988 February 16.

“I wish we all would get up and go into the labs and take the animals out or burn them down.”
"National Animal Rights Convention", 1997 June 27.

“Would I rather the research lab that tests animals is reduced to a bunch of cinders? Yes.”
New York Daily News, 1997 December 7.

“Our nonviolent tactics are not as effective. We ask nicely for years and get nothing. Someone makes a threat, and it works.”
US News & World Report, 2002 April 8.

ETA enjoys controversial publicity
stunts. Founder Ingrid Newkirk has
been  arrested  at  least  20  times  in
connection  with  her  animal  rights
work,  and  has  openly  backed  the
Animal  Liberation  Front—the  most
overtly criminal animal rights group
in the world.

Newkirk herself told the New York Daily News: “I will be the last person to condemn ALF.”
 
Newkirk's position is that the animal rights movement is a revolutionary one and that "thinkers may prepare revolutions, but bandits must carry them out".