After confronting PETA Asia’s shattering video about animal cruelty in the Chinese badger industry, Procter & Gamble decided to stop using sheds to make shaving brushes and switch to synthetic bristles.
PETA Asia revealed that protected badgers in the wild are caught illegally using traps and other cruel methods. On farms, they are locked in small cages and finally violently killed to make their hair painting, make-up and shaving brush and sell it around the world.
PETA Asia’s investigation is the first of its kind, encompassing Chinese badger farms and livestock markets audited in 2017 and 2018.
The footage shows workers slapping screaming badgers on the head. For this they use what they have at hand, such as a chair leg. Then they cut the animals through the throat. An eyewitness from PETA Asia was able to document that a badger was still moving for a full minute after its throat was cut. Another animal was missing a foot – according to the farm owner result of a fight with another badger in a nearby cage. The badgers were locked up on the farms in tiny wire cages and vulnerable to any weather. These agonizing conditions often resulted in injuries and severe psychological disorders.
Jason Baker, Vice President of PETA Asia, says, “They hit objects on the mild-mannered badgers, cut them open, and bleed them out – just for make-up and shaving brushes made of badger hair.” “PETA urges companies and all customers not to buy these bloodstained brushes and instead use animal-free brushes that no one has to suffer and die for.”
What we can do
There is absolutely no reason to use animal hair brushes. Especially since there are already so many high-quality synthetic brushes. For the benefit of all the badgers that suffer on these farms: Please only buy synthetic, shaving and shaving brushes. For hairbrushes, we also recommend natural and herbal materials such as bamboo or sisal.
And I can only say one thing: I am grateful to PETA and every organization that informs us and prevents us from using products that come from animals, because we do not know it, and often do not suspect it. It’s a lot of everyday products that are associated with animal suffering. We only learn that when people do this useful research.
Thank you dear PETA!
Best regards to all, Venus