Hong Kong group Green Sense and the Rabbit Society are asking the government to tighten its legislation on fur labelling after a PETA Asia investigation revealed shocking cruelty inside rabbit fur farms.
The video shows how the bunnies are kept on their own in tiny, filthy wire cages that hurt their sensitive feet. They don’t get to socialize with other rabbits or even walk or hop.
The bunnies are tied down every 3 months and a farm worker plucks their fur with his hands.
Joanna Chow Yuk-ha, Rabbit Society committee member, said the usually quiet animals would squeal continuously under great pain or fear.
“The video shows what great pain the rabbit had to endure,” she said.
Most of the rabbits die within 1 or 2 years and are sold to local butchers.
According to PETA, 90 percent of the world’s angora fur comes from China, where there are no penalties for abuse of animals on farms and no standards to regulate the treatment of the animals.
After seeing the video, Green Sense members took samples from fur products of all prices from different stores throughout Hong Kong and found rabbit fur in about half the samples.
From the 66 samples they tested, 38 were made from animal fur, 27 from plant fibre and 1 was a mixture of both.
Of the 38 animal fur samples, half were made of rabbit and the other half from raccoon or unidentified.
They also discovered that most brands don’t label the materials used for trimmings, such as edging on hoods and shoes.
According to Green Sense, only 5 brands clearly label the material used: H&M, Wanko, Izzue, Lowrys Farm and Chase.
“Most Hong Kong consumers don’t care much about the materials used for these clothing decorations. Buying clothes with fur indirectly encourages animal cruelty,” said Vicki Wong Pui-chi with Geeen Sense to the South Chine Morning Post.