DOCUMENTARY: CAT & DOG FUR TRADE (not graphic)
DOG AND CAT FUR: THE TRIM ON YOUR JACKET
Do you know where the fur trim on your jacket comes from? Unbeknownst to most, the majority of fur-trimmed clothing and accessories (even trinkets and pet toys) labeled as “faux fur” or “synthetic” is likely real fur, mostly from cats and dogs. It is estimated that over two million domestic cats and dogs (the majority stolen pets and homeless strays) are killed in China every year for their fur, which is exported under false labeling to North America and Europe. There are no governing laws to protect animals, resulting in agonizing torment and death for these defenseless animals.
This largely unknown animal protection issue is exposed in this powerful film short and brought into the international spotlight. Through the Director’s strategic partnership with ACTAsia for Animals, the film has made great strides throughout Asia with groundbreaking media coverage in China, the world’s largest exporter of animal skins and the mecca of the cat and dog fur trade, breaking through the red curtain of media control in Asia. The film was translated in Chinese language and screened at a press conference in Shenzhen, China, attended by the national media, and made significant impact, with precedent-setting TV news coverage of the cat and dog fur trade at its epicenter, broadcasting clips from the film.
The fur trade is criminal, inflicting horrific torture upon more than 75 million fur-bearing animals every year, including man’s best friend and feline companion, in the name of profit, vanity and self-aggrandizement. This figure does not include rabbits, which the UN reports to be at least one billion killed each year strictly for their fur.
CRY OF THE INNOCENT: The Voices That Can’t Speak is precedent-setting Documentary Film Series which takes a spiritual approach to this dark subject, so that an awakening can occur from a deeper level of the psyche. It is clear that until the soul of humanity is awakened, the atrocities committed against nonhuman animals will continue with no end in sight. We cannot cure the disease unless we heal the source. Any lesser remedy is akin to applying a bandage to a severed limb.
This Documentary Film Series is a call to action for the billions of animals around the world who suffer and die tragically in silence, their cries for mercy unheard, hoping in their hearts that we will hear their pleas for life.
We cannot hope to make a difference through apathy. Closing our eyes will only serve to empower this horrific industry. As conscious consumers, our purchasing power is our strength in shutting this barbaric industry down.
We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole of which these are, the shining parts, is the soul.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is power in the collective force. Together, in collaborative solidarity, we will bring truth to this shallow world devoid of soul, so our society can be healed and compassion toward animals will become a new paradigm of spiritual evolution on our planet.
Feature Article © Kathleen Lowson, Director, CRY OF THE INNOCENT: The Voices That Can’t Speak
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