Day: April 17, 2021

how animal-friendly is Chiengora really?

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.

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Taiwan does small advance against animal experiments

Update: April 15, 2021

Following years of pressure from PETA, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has announced a groundbreaking decision to delete all animal tests—including drowning mice and rats and making them run to exhaustion on an electrified treadmill—from its draft regulation for marketing foods and beverages using dubious anti-fatigue health claims.

After receiving PETA’s detailed scientific critique and more than 73,000 e-mails from PETA supporters during a public comment period for the agency’s draft anti-fatigue health claim regulation, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has finalized the regulation and removed animal testing as an option for companies to pursue.

Now, only safe and effective human tests are required and allowed.

We need your help now to push for an end to animal testing for a different TFDA draft regulation—this one concerning joint-protection health claims for marketing foods and beverages to consumers.

The agency has proposed allowing gruesome, misleading experiments that would chemically or surgically induce painful arthritis in sensitive rats before they’re killed and dissected. Pain relief would be intentionally withheld so as not to interfere with the results.

Prior to the FDA’s announcement of its decision to remove the animal tests from its draft regulation, the agency had endorsed these horrific experiments, which are irrelevant to human health, and PETA sent the TFDA a detailed scientific critique of these tests at the agency’s request.

If the final draft regulation is approved as is, only safe and effective human tests would be required and allowed for companies that want to make anti-fatigue health claims for marketing food and beverage products.

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