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FUR-COVER UP: ‘Independent Standards Press Organisation’ says story linking animal cruelty to British fur industry was ‘misleading’

There are no penalties for abusing animals on fur farms in China, which is the world’s largest exporter of foxes, minks, rabbits, dogs, cats, and other animals' fur.

CAMILLA TOMINEY: The Independent Press Standards Organisation ruled there was “no evidence” to back up the story linking a Chinese farm to UK retailers… The story launched the Daily Mirror’s campaign to ban fur in Britain in July and was backed by TV naturalist Chris Packham who described harrowing footage, recorded by investigators from Human Society International (HSI), as “a scene from hell”. The aerial shots showed foxes being beaten, skinned and chucked on a heap before their fur is made into coats. [SEE ALSO OUR PREVIOUS POST]

But following a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), the newspaper was forced to print a correction admitting that there was “no evidence” the fur from mistreated animals in Asia was being sold in the UK. The IPSO ruling stated: “The committee considered that the article was significantly misleading as to whether fur from a farm which mistreated foxes was being sold in British shops.”

Freedom of Information (FOI) requests revealed that HSI used the footage last summer to help to broker support from Lord Goldsmith, who is pushing for a post-Brexit ban on fur sales with the support of the Prime Minister’s fiance Carrie Symonds. He met with the group in February and May last year. Three months later, Lord Goldsmith, who is the Defra minister responsible for animal welfare, spoke at an event arranged by the animal rights campaign group calling for a “fur free Britain”…

A spokesman for HSI said: “HSI’s investigation was a shocking and truthful insight into the lives of animals on fur farms. We place great importance on ensuring the verifiable accuracy of the information we place in the public domain, but of course have no control over how others report on our work”. SOURCE…

[EDITOR: As is the case with much of Europe and the US, the UK is not exempt from pressure (and often even collusion) from the Chinese communist propaganda. See story below regarding China’s HORRIFIC fur industry]

PETA: The Chinese Fur Industry

There are no penalties for abusing animals on fur farms in China, which is the world’s largest fur exporter, supplying more than half of the finished fur garments imported for sale in the United States. Foxes, minks, rabbits, dogs, cats, and other animals pace and shiver in outdoor wire cages, with no shelter from driving rain, freezing nights, or the scorching sun.

Mother animals, who are driven crazy from rough handling and intense confinement and have nowhere to hide while giving birth, often kill their babies after delivering litters. Disease and injuries are widespread, and animals suffering from anxiety-induced psychosis chew on their own limbs and throw themselves repeatedly against the cage bars.

Before they are skinned, animals are yanked from their cages, thrown to the ground, and bludgeoned. Undercover investigators from Swiss Animal Protection/EAST International found that many animals are still alive and struggling desperately when workers flip them onto their backs or hang them up by their legs or tails to skin them.

When they begin to cut the skin and fur from an animal’s leg, the free limbs kick and writhe. Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggle too hard to allow a clean cut.

When the fur is finally peeled off over the animals’ heads, their hairless, bloody bodies are thrown onto a pile of those who have gone before them. Some are still alive, breathing in ragged gasps and blinking slowly. Some of the animals’ hearts are still beating five to 10 minutes after they are skinned. One investigator recorded a skinned raccoon dog on the heap of carcasses who had enough strength to lift his bloodied head and stare into the camera…. SOURCE…

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