Despite the name, raccoon dogs are a different species to raccoons found in North America.
Raccoon dogs are indigenous to Asia. They are related to dogs and foxes and therefore belong to the canine (wild dog) species. It is their markings, similar to raccoons, that have influenced their name.
What sort of animal is the raccoon dog?
~These social animals live in pairs or small groups. Up to 16 pups can be born in one litter and in nature both parents help raise their young until they become independent.
~ In their natural environment, raccoon dogs inhabit forests and woodlands nearby water.
~ As raccoon dogs frequent water habitats, their diet is primarily frogs, fish, rodents, small birds, eggs, insects and spiders.
~ Sadly they are under threat because of the deforestation of their native woodlands and overhunting by humans for raccoon dog meat and fur.
THE FARMING OF ANY ANIMAL FOR HIS/HER FUR IS INHUMANE!
Certain countries protect dogs and cats but not other fur-bearing animals. Sadly, this is a speciesist approach that values the lives of certain species above others.
The trade in dog and cat fur is banned in several countries. Strictly speaking racoon dogs should be protected under these laws.
– The European Union agreed to ban all imports of cat and dog fur from China in June 2007 on the grounds that it is “not consistent with a proper value and respect for animal” (Elliot Morley- Parliamentary Secretary to the (then) Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food).
– The Dog and Cat Fur Protection Act, 19 U.S.C. § 1308, (2000) prohibits the import, export, and sale of dog and cat fur products in the United States.
– The United Kingdom Government announced its ban on importing cat and dog pelts from China in 2001, after discovering dog fur in a fur collar, obtained from a leading store in the West End.
– Australia has similar laws to the EU regarding the import of items made of dog and cat fur.
– China has virtually no animal protection laws and is flooding the market with “budget” fur. This fur is frequently mislabeled as “faux fur” or as fur from a different species so as to circumvent international law. In many instances this “faux fur” has been found to be cat or dog fur.
The only way to be sure to avoid cat and dog fur, is to avoid all real fur products and to check faux fur carefully.
Activists from the Swiss animal protection East International witnessed and filmed shocking footage of raccoon dogs being skinned alive in China. This is what they say.
“Horrific footage reveals slow, sickening deaths of raccoon dogs.They are stunned with repeated blows to the head or swung against the ground. Skinning begins with a knife at the rear of the belly whilst the animal is hung up-side-down by its hind legs from a hook. A significant number of animals remain fully conscious during this process. Supremely helpless, they struggle and try to fight back to the very end. Even after their skin has been stripped off breathing, heart beat, directional body and eyelid movements were evident for 5 to 10 minutes”.
This is their very graphic video. Please take a big breath and watch this disturbing video. It is the reason we have to stop the fur industry.
It was also found that racoon dogs were skinned alive to make fake Ugg boots!
Because fur’s country of origin can’t be traced, everyone who wears fur shares the blame for the horrific conditions on Chinese fur farms.
Please let’s do all we can to end the fur industry for ALL sentient beings and not just the raccoon dog.