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PETA Asia Takes China by Storm

Written by PETA | June 6, 2012

Although animal rights is still a fairly new concept in China and in much of Asia as a whole, there is no other country in which the movement is growing faster, and PETA Asia is at the forefront.

Notorious Fur Trade Exposed

PETA Asia has conducted groundbreaking undercover investigations of the fur trade in China—now the world’s largest exporter of fur—and found that raccoon dogs are beaten with steel pipes and left to die slowly as they writhe in agony in full view of other animals and that rabbits’ necks are broken while the animals are still conscious and able to feel pain. Millions of dogs and cats are also killed for their fur in China. This fur is often deliberately mislabeled as fur from other animals before it is exported to the West.

Battling the World’s Largest Foie Gras Farm

While California is poised to outlaw foie gras less than a month from now, PETA Asia recently learned that there are plans to build the world’s largest foie gras farm at Poyang Lake in China’s Jiangxi province.

Birds raised for foie gras are force-fed up to 4 pounds of grain and fat every day via a pneumatic tube that is rammed down their throats. The birds often suffer from internal hemorrhaging, and they can become so debilitated that they can move only by pushing themselves along the ground with their wings. There are no penalties for abusing birds in China.

After PETA Asia and other groups protested, the British-owned company that is funding the foie gras farm’s construction suspended its funding of the project pending further review

Harnessing Star Power

PETA Asia works closely with local activists and groups throughout China as well as with Chinese celebrities to help raise awareness of animal issues. For example, PETA Asia recently unveiled its first-ever Chinese “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ad, which starred actor, singer, and writer Annie Yi. An exclusive video interview with Annie has been watched by more than a quarter-million people in China.


Photo: Chen Man|Makeup: Hang Yue

Chinese actor Li Xiaoran and Hong Kong model Cara G also spoke out against fur, and Cara starred in an Earth Day ad urging people to go vegetarian to help save the planet. Taiwanese pop star Show Luo teamed up with PETA Asia for an ad promoting animal adoption.

PETA Asia is also having a phenomenal impact online—from its Chinese website and blog to social media sites. A PETA Asia tweet about the Canadian seal slaughter got more than 15,000 retweets.

Want to Help?

Thinking about a career—and continent—change? PETA Asia is looking for smart, compassionate, hardworking people to join its team. If you speak Mandarin and are passionate about ending animal abuse—or if you know someone who meets those criteria—please check out PETA Asia’s current job openings and send in your résumé.

For those of you want to remain stateside, you can help by checking out the action alerts page on PETA Asia’s website.

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  • Dragolea Diana says:

    What action does PETA Asia take against the Vietnam live pig cutting festival in Nem Quong? Will you be protesting this year, or at least could you sedate the animals so that they do not suffer so horribly?
    If you do so, I am willing to donate significant amounts of money to PETA Asia.

  • Jonas says:

    “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” Confucius, The Confucian Analects.

    To Chinese leaders: You got the power to Stop what is going on your country NOW!

  • Mica says:

    Dont know why people would want to wear fur its for pure vanity! Barbaric murder killing innocent animals for food and fur.I hate countries who have no compassion for animals they are just ‘animals’ themseles horrible pathetic cold people. I am so glad for charities like PETA trying to get the world to see that dogs and cats are our companions but in the meantime I.m still crying for the ones who have died, can you imagine the fear they have from these cold murderers? It makes me sick, they suffer so much for vanity and greed. I wish I was never born because my life is hell thinking about the abuse that goes on in this wicked world!

  • Mica says:

    Dont know why people would want to wear fur its for pure vanity! Barbaric murder killing innocent animals for food and fur. I am so glad for charities like PETA trying to get the world to see that dogs and cats are our companions but in the meantime I.m still crying for the ones who have died, can you imagine the fear they have from these cold murderers? It makes me sick, they suffer so much for vanity and greed. I wish I was never born because my life is hell thinking about the abuse that goes on in this wicked world!

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  • Sandra McCarthy says:

    Just god awful! Pleeeease for god’s sake stop this horrendous treatment towards hapless animals simply guilty of being BORN the wrong species!

  • Alex says:

    I think the fur trade is the worst animal cruelty in the world. I honestly can’t see how people who work in this trade can sleep at night. It’s just so, so horrific.

  • David says:

    Thank God your campaigning there everyday they kill dogs and I believe cats for food its insane though it is insane everywhere, Thank You Peta and everyone who is fighting and praying to stop these horrific crimes against our brothers and sisters animals.

  • Jackie says:

    Lorna, that’s why the tibetan’s are “outlawed” from China. The peaceful group moved high into the Himalayan’s and still to this day, the Dali Lama is not allowed to return for fear of death. China itself is a communistic country and any one or group that does not conform to their ways are forced to leave or be persecuted. Just as Taiwan did many many years ago. Luckily the people there were able to leave the country to an island of their own.

  • Rockpaper says:

    I am a hairstylist at a Bumble and bumble salon. I recently discovered that after years of NOT testing their products on animals, Bumble and bumble (now owned by Estee Lauder) now DOES TEST on animals in China. If there are any other hairdressers on this site, please help me let them know that animal testing is NOT OKAY. I have spoken with a PETA staff member and she is going to forward information on how to best let this huge company know how educators and users of this product can make a change and let our voices be heard in the most effective way. Rather than walking away and just finding another product line, how can we actually perpetuate change? Letters, calls, sending pamphlets…All of these things can help. Here is the info: Peter Lichtenthal, President, Bumble and bumble Global Consumer Communications, 767 5th Ave, New York, NY 10153(1-800-573-7009), (corporate office: 212-572-4200). Thanks to everyone for your help!

  • Monique says:

    Somebody needs to read boos because Buddhism is not rooted in China nor is it the major religion there.

  • vardar says:

    Animal cruelty is everywhere but China.. is an unbelievable hell for us.. Sorry but i can’t even sleep to thinking about that innocent souls.

  • Magdalena says:

    stop!!!

  • Lorna Keith says:

    I have always found it disturbing that the countries where Buddhism took root have such bad records regarding animal welfare. I’m really curious as to why this is; is it because wealth is of more importance than the proper treatment of our fellow creatures inhabiting our world? I wish I knew the answer but I’m grateful for PETA working to educate people in other countries. Thank you.

  • Brunngartner, Julia says:

    stop the cruelty