Just in time for the Olympics to begin in China, I received this e-mail from someone. The e-mail was generated by People for the Ethical Treatment to Animals. PETA is known for their often extreme way of getting their point across. They want the public to know how serious they are about the rights of animals.
I do not wear fur. I do not own fur. I do not want fur. In this day and age their are more suitable and efficient ways to keep warm. Polartec fleece is one of my favorite items. I do own leather items. To me, a non leather handbag or shoe is no better than a leather one in general.
I followed the link in this letter to the site operated by PETA that focuses on the treatment of animals in the fur trade. The site itself is so disturbing to me that I passed on the opportunity to watch or embed the video.
What was PETA’s intentions by sending this e-mail?
- Was it to remind the world that China does what China wants to do without a care to what the rest of us think?
- Was it to stir up another controversy associated with the IOC’s decision to hold the Olympics in China?
- Was it to inform the consumer that what they thought was a rabbit jacket by actually be golden retriever’s coat?
- Or, was it PETA’s intention to get donations?
If you decide to check out the PETA website, I must caution you that it is graphic and to be careful of who else is in the room with you.
I recently sent you an urgent appeal to help the 2 million cats and hundreds of thousands of dogs tortured and killed for their fur in China. Since then, thousands of PETA members like you have voiced their outrage at the treatment of animals in this year’s Olympic host country.
Unfortunately, the Chinese fur industry continues its unrepentant slaughter of dogs and cats, whose skins are often deliberately mislabeled as “Asian Jackal” or “rabbit” when sold overseas. While the attention of the world is on the Olympic Games, we want to spotlight this cruel practice and invoke worldwide pressure against the Chinese fur industry.
Now more than ever, we need your help to make sure as many people as possible know about the suffering that goes into the production of every fur garment.
Please take a moment to help us in our work to stop the suffering of animals caught in the fur trade in China and around the world by taking the following three critical actions:
By taking these three actions today, you will be drawing attention beyond the lights of glittering Olympic stadiums to the hell in which many cats and dogs in China languish and die. By taking these actions, you will be doing all that you can to help end the suffering of these animals.
For all animals—including those confined and killed for their fur—thank you.
Ingrid E. Newkirk
P.S. While many of the world’s best human athletes compete, millions of individual dogs and cats—some still wearing collars from their former families—are facing a painful and petrifying death at the hands of the Chinese fur industry. We need your support now to help us call attention to this horror and work toward shutting down the fur industry for good.