Dog Skin Marketed As 'Real Leather' In China

| by Lisa Fogarty
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Many British, American and Australian shops may be selling leather gloves, shoes, and other goods made out of something shocking: the skins of slaughtered dogs.

The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently caught video footage of workers in the Chinese northern province of Hebei standing by a door at a slaughterhouse, killing dogs as they entered, reports the Daily Mail. An investigator from PETA Asia says he witnessed workers peeling the skin off of dogs that were still alive and using that skin in products that they labeled “real leather," which they intended to export to Western countries.

“PETA is sure that Britain, Australia and the U.S. are not exempt from the dog leather trade,” said PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk. “Many British high-street retailers are importing cheap leather from China, so products made from dog skin are almost certainly on the shelves and in people’s wardrobes.”

Newkirk warned that the leather looks identical to any other, so that consumers would never be able to tell if they are wearing dog skin or skins from others animals like cows, pigs and goats.

PETA Asia estimates that the slaughterhouse skins between 100 to 200 dogs each day and that about 300 dogs are kept in the warehouse and are often seen frantically trying to escape their cages.

The China Leather Industry Association declined to comment and said they weren’t aware of dogs being used to make leather. The Ministry of Agriculture also refused to be interviewed on the matter.

Newkirk says there is only one way angry consumers can take action: “PETA is calling on British shoppers to consider the terror that dogs and other animals endure when they’re mercilessly slaughtered and make the safe, vegan choice in clothing and accessories for the holidays and every day.”

Source: Daily Mail/Photo Credit: PETA