Most people are unaware, but in addition to wild animals, domestic dogs and cats are killed for the fur trade. The majority of these animals (sometimes former pets) are killed in China, Thailand and the Philippines. Despite laws outlawing the practice, this also occurs in other Asian countries such as Taiwan. Dog and cat skins are manufactured into fur products that are traded and sold all over the globe.
The Fur-Bearers want to:
- show Canadians the truth about dog and cat fur
- ban the import and sale of all dog and cat fur in Canada
- ensure all fur products have a label indicating species of origin
A formal parliamentary petition is available for all Canadians to sign, demanding that the House of Commons enact legislation to prohibit the importation of dog and cat, as well as its sale, in Canada. This petition can be found and signed by clicking here. It is available for signatures until May 17, 2016, and the government will be forced to issue a response.
May 2016 Update: A private members' bill, C-246 (Modernizing Animal Protections Act) was introduced to the House by MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith. In addition to common sense updates to the criminal code, and the prohibition on shark finning and importation of shark fins, this bill would prohbit the import and sale of dog and cat fur to Canada, as well as require that all fur products be labelled with species of origin. There are online petitions circulating, but these do not count as formal communication - it is imperative that all Canadians find and call or write to their MP (learn more here), the Minister of Justice who is opposing this legislation, and international supporters write the Prime Ministers' Office to show their support. Learn more by clicking here.
Facts about dog and cat fur:
Each year, approximately 2 million dogs and cats are slaughtered for their meat and fur. Investigations have revealed that these animals are killed throughout Asia and their skins are used to make trim on a variety of products that are shipped all over the world, including to Canada. While the European Union and the United States have banned this cruelty, it remains legal to import and sell dog and cat fur in Canada.
To make matters more confusing for consumers, the Canadian Textile and Labelling Act does not require the labelling of animal pelts or hides.
In 2012, The Toronto Star ran an in-depth investigative article examining how Canada gets dog and cat fur from China - little has changed in the years since it was first printed.
Silent Screams Video
Warning: this video, produced by The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals to illustrate the realities of the dog and cat fur industry, contains graphic images.