Come on EU! It's time to ban the trade in cat and dog fur.
This story is about how there may be pets in Europe itself that are taken off the streets for their fur.
Animal rights supporters and MEPs are stepping up their campaign for an import ban on cat and dog fur, which they say is finding its way onto European markets.
New videotaped evidence of Belgian furriers explaining how the trade operates has been gathered by undercover investigators working for the Humane Society International (HSI).
One of the furriers says that stray cats and dogs, including lost pets, are rounded up on the streets of Brussels and Ghent and kept at animal farms where they are slaughtered for their fur.
Most of the dog and cat fur comes from, you guessed it, China.
The US has banned the importation of dog and cat fur (although some still gets through due to mislabeling).
Here is the Humane Society's page on dog and cat fur.
Here is a link to a PETA page that has a truly nasty video of Chinese dog and cat fur traders. Dogs are shoved into cages so small they can't even sit up. It's easy to avoid watching this stuff. It's revolting. But I think you should. The animals in that video are surely all dead, but they deserve you're feeling a little uncomfortable to watch a 3 or 4 minute video. Remember them when you see the happy smiling faces at the Beijing Olympic games.