Don’t buy fake Ugg boots, say dog owners

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS: Drew and Lynda Blake with their raccoon dogs Pongo and Purdy (40378601)

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS: Drew and Lynda Blake with their raccoon dogs Pongo and Purdy (40378601) Buy this photo

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A COUPLE from Fernhill Heath, near Worcester, are urging shoppers to boycott fake Ugg boots after it was revealed animals are skinned alive to make them.

A national newspaper recently printed horrific pictures from China showing the cruel treatment of raccoon dogs, which are targeted for their soft pelts to make the lining of cheap copies of the sheepskin footwear.

Lynda and Drew Blake, who keep two of the animals as pets, say they were “sickened” by the images.

They have called on shoppers not to buy imitation Ugg boots in a bid to end the persecution of the docile canines, which are no relation to raccoons, but get their name from their similar appearance.

Mrs Blake said thousands of the animals are killed for their fur every year.

“I Googled what was happening and it just made me cry,” she said.

“People need to be made aware – please stop buying these fake boots.

“We’ve had Pongo and Purdy for about five months now and they are amazing dogs.

“We were at a show at the Cob House in Wichenford last week and people just love them. They stroke them and just say how wonderful they are.”

The 47-year-old said while raccoon dogs, or tanuki, are classed as canines, they don’t bark, instead making noises similar to owls, whales and pigs.

They are omnivores, needing a varied diet of meat and vegetables, can climb trees and are the only canine species to hibernate in their natural state.

Mr Blake, who also keeps meerkats, raccoons and skunks, among other exotic creatures, said their life expectancy in captivity was 11-15 years, compared with just one to three years in China.

Members of the public will be able to meet Pongo and Purdy and some of their furry friends at the Cob House on Saturday, November 5, from 10am to 3pm.

• For more information, visit wildsidefurryexotics.co.uk

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12:48pm Mon 10 Oct 11

Laudanum says...

I loathe those boots anyway, this just confirms a very good reason why.
I loathe those boots anyway, this just confirms a very good reason why. Laudanum
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1:17pm Mon 10 Oct 11

cazjayval says...

In this modern so-called civilised world there is absolutely no place for cruely such as this. I am writing to my MP and also to the Chinese Embassy to complain. Anyone who is an animal lover should boycott all things Chinese.
In this modern so-called civilised world there is absolutely no place for cruely such as this. I am writing to my MP and also to the Chinese Embassy to complain. Anyone who is an animal lover should boycott all things Chinese. cazjayval
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3:46pm Mon 10 Oct 11

scott.hannaford says...

@cazjayval

"I am writing to the Chinese Embassy".

Now - seriously... why? Yes - disgusting what is done - but what on Earth is the point of writing to the embassy? What do you think the ambassador would actually do?

As for boycotting all things Chinese... that would affect a lot more things than you might think... go to some of the popular High Street fashion chains and you will see most of the clothes made there!

What annoys me is China's blatant disregard for copyright and trademarks (anyone for a fake Apple store or 10) as well as lack of any human rights at all...
@cazjayval "I am writing to the Chinese Embassy". Now - seriously... why? Yes - disgusting what is done - but what on Earth is the point of writing to the embassy? What do you think the ambassador would actually do? As for boycotting all things Chinese... that would affect a lot more things than you might think... go to some of the popular High Street fashion chains and you will see most of the clothes made there! What annoys me is China's blatant disregard for copyright and trademarks (anyone for a fake Apple store or 10) as well as lack of any human rights at all... scott.hannaford
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4:23pm Mon 10 Oct 11

Worcesterwench says...

I saw a video clip on 'Youtube' about 12 months ago about the Chinese obtain the animals skins!
To this day, it plays on my mind!
Absolutely horrendous to say the least! The worst kind of barbaric cruelty you would ever see!!
I saw a video clip on 'Youtube' about 12 months ago about the Chinese obtain the animals skins! To this day, it plays on my mind! Absolutely horrendous to say the least! The worst kind of barbaric cruelty you would ever see!! Worcesterwench
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8:11pm Mon 10 Oct 11

pinkfluff says...

There is no reason to skin an animal alive. Like Worcesterwench I have been unfortunate enough to see a clip of an animal being skinned alive, this was a couple of years ago but so horrific it feels like yesterday. I'm sure that if everyone were to watch they would think twice about what they wear.
There is no reason to skin an animal alive. Like Worcesterwench I have been unfortunate enough to see a clip of an animal being skinned alive, this was a couple of years ago but so horrific it feels like yesterday. I'm sure that if everyone were to watch they would think twice about what they wear. pinkfluff
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12:10am Tue 11 Oct 11

Laudanum says...

China are not exactly at the forefront of good morals and ethical practice. It worries me that they may come to significant power.
China are not exactly at the forefront of good morals and ethical practice. It worries me that they may come to significant power. Laudanum
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11:15am Wed 12 Oct 11

dulon says...

Laudanum
unfortunately the chinese are a significant power. They are currently buying up vast oil and mineral resources throughout Africa and the far east. They are also bankrolling the american economy .
I am afraid that they will not take notice of a few animal lovers until it hurts them in the pocket.
Laudanum unfortunately the chinese are a significant power. They are currently buying up vast oil and mineral resources throughout Africa and the far east. They are also bankrolling the american economy [their biggest market]. I am afraid that they will not take notice of a few animal lovers until it hurts them in the pocket. dulon
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