More and more often you come across clothes, accessories, and blankets made of dog wool, also known as chiengora, on the Internet. The yarn from the combed-out undercoat of dogs should be sustainable and, above all, be produced without animal suffering.
Where does dog wool come from?
Manufacturers of products from Chiengora state that they receive combed dog wool from private individuals, breeders, animal shelters, and dog barbers for a fee. This is to ensure that the wool only comes from dogs raised in a species-appropriate manner.
However, the keeping of the animals is not controlled.
Many animals are also badly treated in private households and by breeders.
In addition, the fibers for products from Chiengora are currently mixed with the fur of agriculturally exploited merino sheep and alpacas in order to improve the quality.
With dog wool, as with any other product of animal origin, the following applies: sooner or later animal suffering is almost inevitable.
Danger: Animal suffering through mass breeding and production?
When clothing from Chiengora becomes a trend, many more people will want to get into the business model and breed dogs for wool production. As in many areas of the fashion industry, animals will then suffer for profit. In Asian countries, millions of dogs are already tortured and killed for leather and fur production.
Trading in dog wool could make the situation even worse.
The excruciating abuse to which animals are exposed in the wool industry around the world clearly shows that as soon as one can make money with animals, they will suffer.
Animals are not resources and are not there to be attracted by us.