As the world watches in horror as thousands of dogs and cats are bludgeoned and killed for the Yulin dog meat festival in China, PETA urges the public to take action that will have a lasting impact: don’t buy leather. A deeply disturbing PETA Asia undercover investigation revealed that dogs are bludgeoned and killed so that their skin can be turned into leather gloves, belts, jacket collar trim, cat toys, and other accessories. At the slaughterhouse, the investigator filmed workers as they grabbed one dog after another around the neck with metal pinchers and bashed them over the head with a wooden pole. Some dogs fell unconscious, while others cried out and writhed in agony. Some still struggled to breathe after their throats were cut before their skins were ripped off their bodies. Dogs who were next in line for slaughter wailed and barked as a worker hit them in an effort to get them to walk more slowly. One employee told the investigator that this facility bludgeons and skins 100 to 200 dogs a day. When this video was shot, there were about 300 live dogs in the compound slated for slaughter.
Products made from dog leather are exported throughout the world to be sold to unsuspecting customers. So if you buy leather, remember: There no easy way to tell whose skin you’re really in. The best way to stop the killing of dogs in China is to stop the demand for their skins internationally.