Snatched off a bustling Chinese street and thrown into a cage, Luna sees the fear on the faces of the other dogs crammed into the back of this unfamiliar truck. Minutes later, the driver stops at a compound and begins throwing the frightened animals into a holding pen.
Then the worst of Luna's ordeal begins. Her eyes widen in terror as the workers yank each dog from the pen, one by one, and bludgeon them over the head with sticks. The overpowering smell of blood and their agonized yowls make her heart thump in her chest. Soon, it is her turn to be hauled onto the filthy killing floor.
Today marks the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Dog, yet terrified dogs are being tormented and killed for their skin to make gloves, belts, and other items sold in the West. PETA is working to expose such cruelty and stop it from being profitable—but we need your help.
Stories like Luna's are far more common than you might think. Video from a PETA Asia investigation shows workers grabbing dogs with pincers, bashing them over the head, and slitting their throats. Some continue to breathe before their skin is cut off.
Dogs cower in fear and writhe in pain on floors covered with blood and guts. One employee told the investigator that one operation alone bludgeons and skins 100 to 200 dogs a day.
The investigator saw dog leather being made into women's fashion gloves, men's work gloves, and other items. And because leather is frequently mislabeled and shipped around the world, an item sold in the United States or Europe could be made from the skin of dogs just like Luna.
PETA's riveting, one-of-a-kind exposés cast light into the darkest corners of the skins industry, and with your help, we're making progress against this grisly trade. After PETA released footage of rabbits screaming while workers ripped out their soft fur, many thousands of kind people stopped buying items made with angora—and now, the industry is a mere shadow of its former self.
The global demand for animal skins has dropped so dramatically that in China, the world's largest fur exporter, the remaining processing plants are operating with skeleton crews. Together, we're pushing designers to drop fur from their clothing lines and inspiring more consumers than ever to avoid purchasing items made with leather, down, or wool.
Finding and exposing the hideous places where animals are harmed or killed, carefully documenting the abuse, and publishing the shocking images and videos—we're doing all that we can to keep consumers aware of animals' plight. But as long as dogs and others are still suffering in slaughterhouses, laboratories, and other dismal places, we must keep up the pressure—and we need you with us.
Thank you for your compassion and for everything that you do for animals.
P.S. While it's too late for dogs like Luna, this Chinese New Year brings an opportunity for you to help change the life of another vulnerable animal in need. Please donate to PETA today.
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