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Stop Raccoon Dogs Being Skinned Alive in China for fake Ugg Boots | Send message to Ugg to stop using real fur/skin

November 14, 2011

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Stop Raccoon Dogs Being Skinned Alive in China for fake Ugg Boots Suffering Slow, Sickening Horrendous Deaths

From Change

Thousands of unsuspecting people may be buying imitation Ugg boots made from the pelts of animals skinned alive. The fur comes from Raccoon Dogs, a species related to domestic dogs, farmed in China.

A sickening video of the skins being collected has led activists to demand a ban on the trade and call for clearer labelling.

(One picture shows) Brutal: Workers in China Skinning a Raccoon Dog, but the Raccoon Dog is still ALIVE and Suffering.

The raccoon dog is indigenous to Asia and related to dogs and foxes.

Ugg boots are made from Australian sheepskin and cost up to £200 – but cheap imitations have flooded the market.

But campaigners have found that other companies in Australia, where the popular boots are made, are using raccoon dog fur farmed in China and labelling it ‘Australian sheepskin’.

Campaigners from Humane Society International (HSI) warned that the footwear could have found its way into the UK.

While the law says that no products using dog or cat fur may be imported or sold in the country, there is no ban on fur from raccoon dogs, an Asian species with links to foxes, dogs and jackals. They are not related to raccoons.

(One picture shows) Pitiful: A bloodied and dazed creature is shown still alive but helpless on a pile of corpses.

(One picture shows) Agony: A raccoon dog is beaten to stop it struggling so it can be skinned alive.

Wendy Higgins from Humane Society International HSI UK said:

‘I have been working in animal rights for more than a decade and have never seen a video that has shocked me so much.
‘It is not just the killing of the animals that is horrific, but the fact that they must endure such slow, painful deaths.

‘These animals are not dogs, so there is no legislative reason why boots containing the fur cannot be imported into the UK. There are also many problems with the labelling of fur products, so many consumers will not be aware of where the fur in their boots comes from.’

Websites found by HSI show other companies are selling the fur on gilets, coats and ear-muffs for delivery to the UK.
Ugg Australia denied they were using the fur in their own boots and pointed the finger at cheap copies.

(One picture shows) Cruelty: A raccoon dog is beaten on the head in an attempt to stun it. Another dazed animal lies on the right-hand of the image.

(One picture shows) Force: A Brutal Chinese worker stands on a Raccoon Dog’s neck to stop it struggling. The process of skinning the raccoon dogs is agonisingly slow.

Lena McDonald from Ugg Australia said the use of raccoon dog fur by other companies was tarnishing the entire industry as many people were unable to tell the different brands apart.

She said her company used its own tannery to ensure the standards of its boots, but added that up to 40 products using fur from overseas contained the word ‘ugg’.

She said: ‘As far as I can see many of these boots are not made in Australia at all yet they have the words Australia and Ugg on them. We have seen companies cutting off tags saying “made in China” and putting on a “made in Australia” tag.’

The UK Government announced its ban on importing cat and dog pelts from China in 2001 after it emerged that a fur collar, obtained from a leading store in the West End, contained dog fur.

A total ban on the trade in dog and cat fur came into force across Europe in December 2008.

Published: 5th October 2011 by Protection 4 Animals using Twitter @P4Animals

Please sign this Petition s we can all work to putting a stop to this Barbaric Act in China to Raccoon Dogs. Please use all social medial to let your friends know of this Petition.

Thank you for for kindness

Michael J, T. Kavanagh
Author & Publisher of Protection 4 Animals

Video | A Shocking Look Inside Chinese Fur Farms

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Please send a letter to Ugg requesting they be fur/skin free.


Directly from the official Ugg website:”UGG® Australia uses only the highest-grade sheepskin available. Twin-face sheepskin is used in many of our core products. A piece of twin-face sheepskin has been treated on both the fleece side, and the skin side, providing the soft comfort UGG® Australia is famous for.”

In the description they state that their product has been treated on both the fleece and skin side of the boot. Many people believe the sheep are sheared for the wool that lines Ugg boots: unfortunately, that wool is still attached to their skin, so they are therefore killed. They wouldn’t be advertised as sheepskin boots if they weren’t made from skin.

If you read this entire description, you will acknowledge that sheep are slaughtered for meat and their skin is used for Uggs. Although, that is still entirely not the point of the group. The point is to prove that they are, infact, skin. Because many people may think otherwise.

Please, understand that animals are killed in the making of Ugg sheepskin shoes and boots.



To Whom It Concerns,

I am shocked to discover that Ugg is commercially engaged with the fur and wool industries. Due to the fundamentally-savage business of fur and shearling farming, any products derived from the suffering and killing of animals should be rejected, and I am respectfully requesting that Ugg discontinues profiting off the exploitation of animals; this request includes all brand fur products as well as your shearling merchandise. Furthermore, commercial demand is not justification to undertake such barbarism; indeed, child labor and human trafficking are considered financially beneficial as well, yet due to their inherent brutality and inequity, should not be sanctioned.

Please watch the undercover footage of the industry you promote: animals are forced to endure deplorable conditions including living in cramped, feces-crusted cages; suffering from sickness and disease; lacking an enriching environment; and being subjected to substandard diets and severe psychological trauma. They are then butchered via anal electrocution, gassing, skinning alive, and forced trauma. Why would you WANT to cause such suffering?


Humans are capable, indeed obligated, to acknowledge animals as sentient beings who, like humans, experience love, anguish, pain, and suffering. Human apathy as established by the usage of fabrications and euphemisms reflects a lack of respect, not only for animals, but also for humans, and I implore upon you to examine your role in the suffering of animals and your unscrupulous conduct as host to such a cruel business. Regrettably, as long as you unnecessarily and selfishly capitalize on the mutilation, torture, and death of animals, I will not financially support you or your associated products. Furthermore, I will share this information with family, friends, colleagues, and members of online communities. Indeed, why don’t you act on principle and become a company that promotes compassion fashion? You can create very stylish boots and accessories using synthetic materials.

Please make both the ethical and responsible decision to discontinue your commercial support of fur and shearling immediately: join an increasing body of compassionate businesses and designers who are listening to a concerned and attentive consumer population who refuse to be complicit in the inherently malicious industry of fur farming. I hope this letter finds you willing to scrutinize your own involvement and desire to protect, rather than harm, animals.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important message.



Fur | Skin

Fur-Free Retailers | Vegan Retailers

ugg…if you want to make a statement
of fashion
try a little compassion

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

16 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    November 14, 2011 1:44 pm

    ugg…if you want to make a statement
    of fashion
    try a little compassion


  2. November 14, 2011 4:12 pm

    UGG, Never ceases to shock me over and over again that humans do this shittttttt…hurts… Sending ~ Signing ~ Sharing


  3. Anjali Sharma permalink
    November 14, 2011 8:32 pm

    Horrible ! Barbaric and insane ! You have no business to be doing this – you should be skinned alive


  4. December 13, 2011 10:32 am



  5. January 2, 2012 1:09 pm

    Ugg, I will never, ever buy a pair of your boots/slippers/shoes as long as you continue to use real fur and shearling in your products. I will never endorse your product and I will continue to educate younger generations of the unethical standards employed by UGG in producing footwear. There are other alternatives that can be used to make a superior product. NO ONE NEEDS THE FUR/HIDE/SKIN of an animal except the animal to whom it belongs. ONCE YOU STOP USING ANIMAL FUR/HIDE, I will endorse your company as being humane and your products as animal friendly.


  6. Selene Rossi permalink
    January 2, 2012 3:14 pm



  7. Denise Christoph permalink
    January 3, 2012 4:35 pm

    “You can tell about the people of a country by the way they treat their animals”
    – Mahatma Gandhi –

    Denise Christoph


  8. Gloria permalink
    January 3, 2012 7:31 pm

    Ugg I will tell everyone I know about this horror, so they will never again buy your boots


  9. Dr Shilpa Vennavalli permalink
    January 5, 2012 4:00 am

    I will pray to God that these people who are inflicting pain on these poor animals……will one day……suffer the same way……i will pass on this message to stop buying these boots…;(


  10. January 6, 2012 6:41 am

    Karma…. no Uggs will ever be purchased by myself or my family members. I will spread the word of your horrific practices. You are sick and inhumane.
    Again, karma….. the animals you kill are not capable of immorality, but you can stop it!


  11. Melanie Schachtschneider permalink
    February 19, 2012 4:28 am

    I hate things like that, stop this horror. All the hurts of the animals should fly back to you.

    Poor animals..bad people


  12. don tasume permalink
    February 20, 2012 9:44 pm

    Myer Stores in Australia sell real fur. Boycott Myer.


  13. tracy pinna permalink
    February 21, 2012 1:21 am

    I am disgusted at the information given of how these poor animals are cruelly and inhumanely slaughtered for fake ugg boots this needs to be stopped now!!!


  14. April 11, 2013 12:43 am

    Excellent, what a blog it is! This web site provides helpful information
    to us, keep it up.


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