Puffing casually on a cigarette, a farmhand dangles a white fox by its tail as he clubs it to death with a stick.
The method is simple yet brutal – and just one of a variety of ways China’s controversial Fox Farms slaughter the animals in the name of fashion.
Others include breaking their necks under a boot or stomping on their heads. Activists say they are the lucky ones. The more docile foxes who don’t struggle are simply strung up and skinned alive to save their slaughterers time and energy.
Those who live nearby say the stench of death hangs in the air while chilling howls of fear and pain can be heard rising from the compound night and day.
When the fur is finally peeled off over the animals’ heads, their naked, bloody bodies are thrown onto a pile of those who have gone before them.
Yet even with their pelt removed, some are still alive, gasping for air and blinking slowly for as long as ten minutes as they wait for death, say activists.
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