Boxes containing the remains of more than 750 raccoon dogs were found in a Netherlands meadow last week. The pelts were missing the strip of fur down the center of the animals’ backs, a tell-tale sign that the animals were likely skinned to make fur collars and cuffs.
Although there are no known raccoon dog fur farms in the Netherlands, thousands of these animals are bred and skinned on fur farms in China and their pelts are shipped all over the world for sale. (Our videos show that many are still conscious when they’re skinned.) The collars and cuffs on coats in your local store may be from them.
While the authorities in Holland hunt for the culprits, let’s help save raccoon dogs and other animals from becoming fashion victims by sharing this video—which even YouTube won’t show—with everyone we know and urging them never to buy or wear real fur.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post